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Herman Cain Needs To Unfurl The Family

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Herman Cain addresses the media at his press conference regarding sexual allegations leveled against him last week in Scottsdale, Ariz. Cain also asked the media to not try to contact his family.
Republican Candidate Pleads With Media To Leave His Family Alone, But He Cannot Win Without Them

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By John Monahan
Modern Times Magazine

Nov. 12, 2011 — That was quite a show that Herman Cain put on in Scottsdale, Ariz., last week. With the throngs of national and local media amassed at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort and Conference Center, he categorically denied sexual allegations against him.

“With respect to the most recent accusation, I have never acted inappropriately with anyone. Period. I saw Ms. Allred and her client yesterday in that news conference for the very first time,” Cain said. “My first reaction was, ‘I don’t even know who this woman is.’”

He even took it a bit further than denying he had sexually harassed anyone. He said he had never done anything inappropriate EVER.

Seriously, not even once?

Allegations are allegations and until all of the facts come out, that is all they are. This is clearly a “he said, she said,” situation where the truth is probably somewhere in the gray area somewhere.

But what was very strange at the news conference and what will ultimately be his undoing is his demands that his family be “off limits.” This is a presidential campaign. Nothing is off-limits.

Running and serving as president is not like running a corporation. The people at the office never need to meet the CEO’s family. The president of the country, however, is a different matter altogether and he should know that instead of chastising the media for trying to talk to them.

“My family fully supports my candidacy and they know the man that I am,” Cain said. “I ask that the media not drag my family into this. They are not running for president. Some members of your profession have even stalked my family members — calling members of my family and my extended family members. I ask you as professionals to direct your questions and your criticisms toward me.”

Cain misses the point. The presidency is biggest job in the world. Being a CEO is small potatoes compared to that. And, unfortunately for Cain, families are part of the process. People want to know the first lady. They want to know the children. What’s more, knowing those people tell you a lot about the man that the people will be trusting with the country.

What we do know about Herman Cain’s family life is that he married wife Gloria in 1968 and had two children, Melanie and Vincent. Gloria is a homemaker with a heart condition. Herman Cain has said on numerous occasions that his wife is a democrat. Maybe that is one reason she won’t be campaigning for him.

But the biggest reason that he needs his family as a part of his campaign — and especially his wife — is to refute the sexual harassment allegations and to show he is more than just a CEO. Any sort of character reinforcement from any woman who is close to him would help.

Instead, at the Scottsdale press conference Tuesday, Cain trotted out his defamation attorney, Lin Wood. Arizona senator Lori Klein, who has know Cain for years and was in the room on Tuesday, would have been better for his public image.

Cain needs to realize he will never win the presidency — or the nomination for that matter — with his family wrapped inside the American flag.

If he wants to win, he needs to unfurl his family.

John Monahan is a freelance writer living in Connecticut.
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