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Herman Cain’s women supporters urge wife Gloria to ‘stand by her man’

Update, 5:38 p.m.: The stock photo used at the top of the “Women for Herman Cain” site — four smiling women with their thumbs up — has been taken down. (via @JuddLegum)

While much is made of the wife obligatorily standing by her cheating man, an announcement today by GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, under fire for an alleged affair, seems to be asking a whole lot of his wife Gloria:

The tweet signaled the Cain campaign’s launch of an “online fellowship” of women called “Women for Herman Cain.” The head of the fellowship? His wife.

Cain is set to meet with Gloria on Friday to discuss the future of his candidacy, and to announce whether he would continue to run on Saturday. People close to the campaign have told a number of news sites that Gloria wants her husband to quit. Cain has said that his wife did not know he was giving money to Ginger White, the woman who has alleged she had a 13-year affair with him.

Republican presidential candidate businessman Herman Cain autographs a "Women for Cain" sign at a campaign rally in Nashua, New Hampshire Nov. 17, 2011. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal pointed out, with help from Twitter user @delrayer, that the photo used at the top of the site — four smiling women with their thumbs up — is actually a stock photo used on a number of other Web sites, including an au pair service.

Talking Points Memo went through the site’s many testimonies and reports that Cain’s female supporters slammed his accusers as “vindictive,” “jealous,” “unstable,” and “husbandless.” This from a supporter from California:

Dear Mrs. Cain, don’t pay attention to these pathetic husbandless women who are jealous of women like you in happy long-term marriages. These vindictive women can’t find a husband or keep one. They are like stalkers who try to latch on to any man who shows a bit of kindness or attention to them. When these unstable women come out of the woodwork to make accusations about Herman just say, ‘Honey, get a life, I believe my husband.’

Some of the less angry testimonies, however, seemed to waver in their support of Cain, like this one from a supporter in Oklahoma:

I’ll admit that when I heard that you sent $ to a woman w/out your wife knowing, it gave me pause.. I wouldn’t appreciate my hubby sending $ to another woman w/out my approval... but then I thought about and discussed it with everyone I know. We came to the conclusion that you’re a good man worth the benefit of the doubt.

The Daily Beast’s Allison Samuels reports that Gloria Cain may not be so thrilled about standing by her man. Samuels writes that friends of the family say the Cains have lived in separate residences at times and have hardly spent time together in recent years. “They describe a woman angry that her life has been turned upside down,” writes Samuels, “by her husband’s need for attention and power by any means.”


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