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Herman Cain Under Fire

Updated on November 29, 2011

Herman Cain Sexual Allegations

Herman Cain has found himself the target of sexual allegations. However, the presidential hopeful remains resilient and determined to plow through the mess and press on with his campaign.

Herman Cain has been the subject of sexual allegations, this past month of making lewd sexual comments to several different female coworkers when he was chief executive of the National Restaurant Association. While these allegations were verbal in nature, a new set of allegations surfaced on November 7 from Sharon Bialek who claims that the former chief executive officer of Godfather's Pizza had groped her and tried to force her to commit a lewd act. Cain's camp has denied all of the allegations that were levied, but did not address the allegations of Bialek directly. Cain has had a few supporters distance themselves over the allegations, but has not directly lost support. While many people are questioning whether the allegations are true or not, many wonder why Bialek and the other accusers took so long to come forward over the treatment they received from Herman Cain. In a way, this whole ordeal is reminiscent of the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill affair 20 years earlier.

In late 1991 the United States Supreme Court was in the process of holding confirmation hearings for Judge Clarence Thomas, when Anita Hill, a former United States Department of Education worker accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexual misconduct when Thomas was Hill's supervisor. This led to multiple hearings to determine whether or not those allegations were true or not. While the allegations were never proven, Thomas was confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice. In a curious side note when Anita Hill was asked about the current set of allegations against Herman Cain, she refused to comment, stating that there were more important issues to talk about. All of this has done little to deter Cain from the presidential race next year.

If you want to call Herman Cain anything, the most accurate thing would be resilient. He has vowed to continue his campaign amid the allegations. Of course, one would expect nothing less from a man who has literally clawed his way to the top. Herman Cain was born in Memphis during the time of segregation. He grew up poor but determined. Cain was the first member of his family to attend college, where he majored in Business. After college, Cain was a systems analyst in the United States Navy. When he returned to the civilian world, he worked at Coca Cola as a business analyst; however, his time spent at Pillsbury that proved the resiliency of Herman Cain.

At Pillsbury Herman Cain was in charge of turning around divisions that were failing. It was during that time that Cain became the chief executive officer at Godfather's Pizza. He managed to turn a then struggling chain of pizza parlors into a profitable empire. All of this has taught Cain a valuable lesson in patience and perseverance.

While it is hard to say whether Herman Cain did in fact commit the acts that he was accused of, however men like Cain do not bow down under pressure. If he did, he never would have survived in the cutthroat world of business.

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    • gjfalcone profile image

      gjfalcone 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Lest we forget he was a Lobbyist and has made the self proclaimed comment "I'm the Koch Brothers' brother from another Mother" Besides Publicity drives Book sales as well as speaking fees. Enjoyed your Hub!

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      Deni Edwards 6 years ago from california

      I keep shaking my head when I hear people asking what took these women so long to come forward. First of all, some of these allegations were documented, complaints were filed, and gag orders were put into place.

      Second of all, sexual harassment, like rape, is a power-based crime. Victims feel humiliation and embarrassment.

      Lastly, I don't believe that anything was more telling about Cain's character than his "joke" when asking a large group if Anita Hill will be endorsing/donating to his campaign. Sexual harassment isn't funny. I would have loved to hear how his wife felt about that harmless "joke".