White, who has said she had a 13-year affair with Herman Cain, on Monday told the Daily Beast’s Leslie Bennetts that “Cain wasn’t the only man who helped her financially; her work history and her sex life have long been intermingled in complex and contradictory ways.’’
Maybe not that complex: “I’ve supported my kids,’’ White told Bennetts, “and I never wanted to let my kids go without. When I was having trouble making a payment on something, there was this powerful man saying, ‘I’ll help you out.’ I remember a time when I was looking for a job, and I became separated from my first husband, John, and somebody said, ‘All you have to do is get in front of the owner of this company, and he will give you a job, because you’re pretty. And he did. The owner offered me a job, and by the end of the day, he asked me out and said, ‘I can help you with some extra money.’ So that’s what happened, for probably six months or so. I wasn’t the only one he was ‘helping.’
For White, getting men to supplement her income that way “started becoming a game,” she said. “It was easy for me to get help like that. It makes you a bit cold. You have to be just as clever as they are, just as cold as they are, just as calculating as they are—and sometimes beat them at their own game. But I don’t want to be depicted as a woman who sleeps with men for money. I am not that woman. There have been a lot of men who sensed vulnerability and dangled a carrot, but I am not a bad person. I am a loving mother who has always wanted to make her own way and give her kids the best. I never wanted to take a handout, and I’ve said no more times than I said yes. I’ve said no more times than you can write down.”
As her friend Herman would say, “First of all…”
No one can say that White is trying to put herself in the best possible light here; from the beginning, she’s said that nothing about the situation was romantic, or part of some love story.
In fact, it’s hard to think of anyone claiming to be the ‘other woman’ who has presented her own situation in such starkly unsentimental terms. In this Daily Beast piece, White says that as time went on, she didn’t even like Cain.
I’m not sure how those hardy few still defending Cain can say she’s lying about her relationship with him but telling the truth about other men in her life. And if she’s the hooker that the commenters on the Daily Beast story say she is, what does that make Cain?