By Albert N. Milliron
When a candidate enters the “Top Tier” of a major campaign, oppositional research takes place. Our Presidential process seems to be a popularity contest, but it does provide some important functions. One of those is a vetting process and background investigations of the potential candidate. Additionally, the schedule necessary in winning a presidential race is goes at break neck speed. This process puts the candidate under a great deal of pressure. In most cases, the combination of vetting, oppositional research, and the stress associated with running for office provide the electorate with an idea of how the candidate will deal with the basic pressures of the office of President of the United States.
One of our writers, James A. George, has a forthcoming book on just this subject. He is providing Politisite with columns on the choosing a President. The reader may find his series helpful. You may find his articles here
One such stressor is how one deals with ones background history issues while trying to produce their talking points. In Cains case, we haven’t heard much about 999 since this distraction has come forth.
I remember President Clinton being distracted by the Monica Lewinsky issue. For the most part, the press is not interested in a candidates talking points or their Job plan, they are entertainment and a juicy headline like, “I did not have sex with that Woman” plays better than, “Pass this bill right away”.
While Politisite does its best to provide think pieces and good hard journalism. But, the truth is, more traffic arrives when their is a scandal.
So here is the Scandal of the Day. The Non-story of Herman Cain single complaint twelve years ago. Today, it is typical for a head of a company, politician, or a Physician to have complaints lodged against them. Many are retaliation and have very little basis in Fact. These cases are settled, because with the legal system as it stands today, it is better to settle a case out of court for 10% of what it would cost in Time and Money to go to trial.
We don’t know the details of the case, but the left is saying, “where there is smoke there is fire” and the right who needs a few points in the polls are having their investigators look in to each candidates backgrounds.
Politics is not playing marbles, it is a full contact sport, and their will always be bruises. The one who comes out with the fewest scares can win the first part of the game.
This from CNN
(CNN) – Joel Bennett, the attorney for one the women who has accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment, said Friday that his client “made a complaint in good faith about a series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances” from the GOP presidential candidate.
Bennett said his client sees “no value” in revisiting the issue now, but “stands by the complaint that she made.”
Bennett said his client would disagree with Cain’s characterization of the alleged harassment incidents.
He confirmed that the alleged harassment occurred in 1999 over a period of “at least a month or two.” There was “more than one incident,” he said.
NRA confirms harassment complaint
We have seen the statement Joel Bennett released earlier today on be
half of his client, a former employee of the Association. The Association consented to the release of that statement, at the request of Mr. Bennett’s client.
“Based upon the information currently available, we can confirm that more than a decade ago, in July 1999, Mr. Bennett’s client filed a formal internal complaint, in accordance with the Association’s existing policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment. Mr. Herman Cain disputed the allegations in the complaint. The Association and Mr. Bennett’s client subsequently entered into an agreement to resolve the matter, without any admission of liability. Mr. Cain was not a party to that agreement. The agreement contains mutual confidentiality obligations. Notwithstanding the Association’s ongoing policy of maintaining the privacy of all personnel matters, we have advised Mr. Bennett that we are willing to waive the confidentiality of this matter and permit Mr. Bennett’s client to comment. As indicated in Mr. Bennett’s statement, his client prefers not to be further involved with this matter and we will respect her decision.
“The Association has robust policies designed to ensure that employees with concerns may bring them forward for prompt investigation and resolution, without risk of retaliation. The Association is fully committed to equal employment opportunity and to an environment that is free from any discrimination or harassment.”
Bennett issued a statement on behalf of his client, who does not wish to be identified or speak publicly.
“She has decided not to relive the specifics,” he said.
Asked about the other two women referred to this week in news stories about Cain’s alleged behavior, Bennett said: “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire … more likely than not, there was some sexual harassment activity.”
The allegations stem from Cain’s tenure as head of the National Restaurant Association from 1996 to 1999
The Cain campaign:
“We look forward to focusing our attention on the real issues impacting this country — like fixing this broken economy and putting Americans back to work through our 9-9-9 Plan, as well as strengthening national security.”
via – WSJ.