WASHINGTON (AP) — In an explosive allegation, a Georgia woman said Monday she and Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain had a 13-year extramarital affair that lasted nearly until the former businessman announced his candidacy for the White House several months ago.

“Here we go again. I didn’t do anything wrong,” Cain said in a pre-emptive denial that lumped a detailed claim of a consensual affair in with earlier allegations of sexual harassment.

But the woman, Ginger White, said in an interview with Fox 5 Atlanta that over the years, Cain bought her airplane tickets so she could join him in cities as far-flung as Palm Springs, Calif., and Atlanta.

“It was fun,” the 46-year-old White said. “It was something that took me away from my sort of humdrum life at the time. And it was exciting.”

Although Cain flatly denied the affair, his lawyer issued a public statement that included no such denial and suggested that the media — and the public — had no business snooping into the details of consensual conduct between adults.

After the initial report and Cain’s denial, White told The Associated Press that Cain was not being truthful when he said there had been no affair.

“That would be false,” White said. “What I said in the interview was true.”

Cain’s candidacy was soaring in the polls until he was hit less than a month ago with accusations that he sexually harassed several women and groped one while he was a high-ranking official at the National Restaurant Association. He has since fallen back in the public opinion surveys, and been eclipsed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the race to emerge as the principal conservative alternative to Mitt Romney.

At her apartment in Dunwoody, Ga., White declined to elaborate on her statements during a brief interview with the AP. “I can’t make any comment on this,” she said. “We’re trying to be slightly sensitive.”

In its report, the television station said White had Cain’s name in her cell phone contacts, and when its reporter sent a text message to the number, he called right back.

“He told us he knew ‘Ginger White’ but said these are more false allegations,” the station reported. Cain said that White had his number because he was trying to help her financially.

In a written statement released immediately after the story aired, Cain’s campaign said detractors were trying to “derail the Cain Train with more accusations of past events that never happened.”

Later, at a fundraiser in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., Cain avoided reporters’ questions.

In his initial denial, televised on CNN, Cain vowed to remain in the presidential race, as long as he has the support of his wife, with whom he said he had discussed the most recent allegation.

In her interview, White said she decided to come forward after seeing Cain attack his other accusers in an appearance on television.

“It bothered me that they were being demonized, sort of, and being treated as if they were automatically lying, and the burden of proof was on them,” she said. “I felt bad for them.”

White told the Atlanta TV station she expects to be scrutinized by Cain and the media.

Georgia court records show a series of judgments against White for not paying rent in Atlanta area apartments, including one filed about two weeks ago.

In the interview, she said she first met Cain in the late 1990s in Louisville, Ky., when he was president of the National Restaurant Association. They had drinks and he invited her to his hotel room, she recalled.

She quoted Cain as telling her, “You’re beautiful to me and I would love for us to continue this friendship,” then produced his personal calendar and invited her to meet him in Palm Springs.

In this case, unlike the others, Cain took the unorthodox step of issuing a denial in advance.

“I did not have an affair, and until I see and hear exactly what’s going to be, what accusations are going to be made, let’s move on,” he said.

Asked if he suspected his accuser had emails, letters, gifts or other possible evidence of an affair, he replied, “No.”

In a statement provided to AP, Cain’s lawyer, Lin Wood, said the former businessman has no obligation to “discuss these types of accusations publicly with the media and he will not do so even if his principled position is viewed unfavorably by members of the media.”

The statement drew a distinction between “private alleged consensual conduct between adults” and a case of harassment. It did not include an explicit denial of an affair along the lines that Cain himself provided in his television interview.

Contacted by AP, Wood added, “If any candidate wants to publicly discuss his private sex life, that is his or her life. But I don’t believe that there’s an obligation on the part of any political candidate to do so.”

White has been accused of lying before. A former business partner, Kimberly Vay, filed a libel suit as part of a larger business dispute with White. White’s attorney, Edward Buckley, acknowledged the libel suit, which Vay said she won. Buckley said that White thought the libel claim had been settled as part of a larger settlement.

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Comments (26)
  1. Michele says:

    Okay, so … Newt Gingrich has been a hound dog his whole life, and it obviously doesn’t seem to bother the Republican party. I don’t see how Cain’s discretion is even news.

    1. Jake says:

      And the Democrats idolize Bill Clinton and JFK (and let’s not forget John Edwards, Gary Hart, etc., etc.) so there is no high ground for anyone to claim the high ground. We know these people have power and fame and hence temptation. And books will be written and rents need to be paid.

      It’ll be difficult, but let’s try to get back to the issues!

  2. anti bachmann says:

    who cares

  3. frozenrunner says:

    The Republican furor over Bill Clinton’s sex life is suddenly forgotten when it is their own people being outed. The affairs are part of how someone conducts themselves. It is the public’s right to know what the public figures do. It is more about honesty. How the candidate handles the situation.
    Unfortunately the populace believed the last 10 years that the Republican was out to benefit the common person despite all the evidence to the contrary.

    1. frozenrunner says:

      I by no means am endorsing the democrats. Follow the money, it is not going to the workers paying taxes with either party.

  4. Citizen says:

    You have to understand the hypocrisy and convoluted thinking of Republicans. When a GOP politician has an affair he is a manly man. When a Dem has an affair, he is a cad or an adulterer. When a GOPer lies, he gets to apologize that he made a mistake in facts. When a Dem lies it is because he/she is a liar. The GOP capacity for delusion in order to force its ideology on the rest of us regardless of facts and actual events, is a fairytale worthy of Grimm.

    1. Dem Nuts says:

      The same can be said about the hypocrisy of Democrats. Both Democrats and Republicans and their tunnel vision supporters can always see the spec in the others eye but fail to see the log stuck in their own eye! Very one-sided originality there Citizen!

      1. Citizen says:

        All I see, Dem “nuts,” is that Clinton was almost impeached because of a “blue dress.” All I see are GOP candidates that are ethically suspect, outed adulterers, and profit from causes they later state they don’t believe in. Total hypocrisy. And here’s an excerpt from The Dismal Political Economist’s blog about Cain who is the very essence of hypocritical behavior (this isn’t about his women, either):
        “…like many self made men, he attributes his success to what he has done and not from any help from the government. But there is this

        After Morehouse, Mr. Cain took a job as a civilian ballistics analyst with the Navy. While working there, the federal government paid for him to pursue a graduate degree at Purdue University, where he earned a master’s in computer science.

        An event which seems to be totally missing from any discussion Mr. Cain has about his background and the sources of his success.

        And the third interesting commentary from the report is this.

        Mr. Cain believed a push in Congress to raise the minimum wage imperiled his efforts to rescue the company. “I’m going, ‘Wait a minute. I fixed all the stuff inside the company that I can fix, and now I’m going to get hit upside the head by the government?'” he said.

        Then came 1994, the year after Democrats passed an income-tax surcharge to reduce the deficit. He says he was stunned when his personal tax bill increased. “It was just a sneak-a-tax,'” he said. “It only affected people of a certain category…That’s why I became a conservative.”

        That’s right, after getting access to the corporate world in part from the government’s civil rights efforts and in part from the experience in a government job and in part from a government provided Master’s degree Mr. Cain became a Conservative. Why, because the minimum wage, which doesn’t even support a person to live outside poverty or outside near poverty hurt his business profits and because a tax increase that was imposed only on very high income persons affected him.

        Everyone, absolutely everyone who is even mildly economically successful in this country owes part of that success to both public and private organizations that have helped each and everyone us become what we are today. But only Conservatives seem to want to deny to others what they themselves have been given.”

        1. Jake says:

          It’s hard to discuss this stuff with folks who miss the fundamental point that Clinton wasn’t impeached for having an affair or even denying it publicly. He was impeached for lying under oath (perjury) and obstructing legal process, which the Senate determined wasn’t grounds for removal from the Presidency.

          1. Citizen says:

            @Jake. Clinton was one of our greatest presidents who left Bush II with a surplus of money in the federal budget which Bush II promptly squandered and spent on his cronies and the wealthy and on two wars which lasted longer than WWII. So who is the bigger liar? Clinton who evaded questions about his private life, or Bush who practiced keeping the costs of two long wars off the books so his accounting of the federal budget would look better?

          2. Dem Nuts says:

            Citizen said it best when he said “All I see.” Again he can see everyone else’s hypocricy, but can’t see his own or any of his fellow Democrats! Guess he needs eye surgery to remove his log.

            1. Citizen says:

              And you, Dem “nuts,” did not answer my question about who was the bigger liar, Clinton or Bush? Perhaps I should have said all I “READ,” because all I read about these days is the perfidy of the CONservatives who want to defeat President Obama at all costs. You have a choice to make at voting time, Democrat or Republican, there is really no third-party alternative which does not mean throwing your vote away. I live in reality, unlike you and yours who continually try to see a silk purse where there is a sow’s ear.

              1. Dem Nuts says:

                A lie is a lie period! The size of the lie does not improve one’s integrity! You sure DON’T “live in reality” when you fail to see the hypocrisy of you and yours but continue to comment tunnel visioned that the Republicans are the ONLY hypocrits!

                1. Citizen says:

                  That is an interesting philosophy, Dem, that a lie is a lie. So you live in a black and white world while the rest of us live in shades of gray. All of us lie, Dem, so how will you find someone who is ideologically perfect and a nonliar to vote for? See, that is why you have to weigh the lies–because as Dr. House said, “Everyone lies.”

              2. Dem Nuts says:

                An interesting philosophy as well. “Everyone lies.” BUT….ONLY REPUBLICANS are hypocrits! Touché Oh wait…in your mind, it’s the degree of hypocrisy and that being Republicans are ALWAYS the bigger hypocrits. Only Democrats are worth electing….and of course…you’re not narrow minded or tunnel visioned.

                1. Citizen says:

                  I did not say ONLY Republicans are hypocrites–I believe I implied that they are the bigger hypocrites. Unfortunately, I cannot write succinctly or clearly enough to address your reading ability and level.

        2. Dem Nuts says:

          Typical response from a clueless narrow minded tunnel visioned “Citizen!” You mad because of your own hypocrisy? I did not say only Democrats! That was your blind one-sided response about Republicans. Rant and rave about Republicans being hypocrits all you want (because they are), but Democrats and their supporters are hypocrits too!

          1. Citizen says:

            You know, Dem, I did not call you names, but you and the other CONservative posters always resort to calling me names, if not outright libelous remarks. So, how can you not see your own hypocrisy? I did not call you clueless etc. I point out facts and contradictions, but when you can’t live with that you CONservatives all resort to namecalling. Shows how classy you are, just as the “vetting” of the GOP candidates for president shows how they have lived their lives–like it or not.

            1. Dem Nuts says:

              Have you ever pointed out the hypocrisy of Democrats? Have you ever agreed with any Conservative poster? From all the numerous posts you make on this and many others articles, I haven’t seen anything but one-sided comments from you. Yes, you do point out facts as you see them and contradictions, but you fail to point out the facts and contradictions of Democrats and their supporters. That is where you become clueless to the reality of both sides and that both sides do have valid points. If you’re not narrow minded and tunnel visioned, how about proving it by bashing the hypocrisy of Democrats and not ONLY CONservatives! I admit, I do not have your type of class that will support a lier (Clinton) if I can bash someone else who tells in your mind a “bigger” lie (Bush)!

              1. Citizen says:

                Unfortunately, Dem, as a realist I pick the lesser of two evils. Am I happy with the Democrats? No, not really, and I don’t like President Obama, particularly. I would rather have had Hillary Clinton as president. Unfortunately, with all the hypocrisy of adultery and religious extremism and political hypocrisy I see in the GOP and emphasis on ideology over all else, I am totally turned off by the GOP. Yes, I have voted for the GOP in the past, but I will never again seeing as how members of that party tell me how I’m supposed live and behave while they have multiple affairs and commit adultery, manipulate incomes and political positions, etc., and when they do practically the opposite of what they preach. I have chosen a side that I can support and that side is also supported by the majority of the facts. The fact that Cain never mentioned his affairs or his feeding at the public trough while denouncing both of those things, pretty much tells me what he is. New Gingrich is the same type of hypocrite, committing adultery, and also cheating on the multiple “girlfriends,” too. Sad and pathetic men.

  5. maxey says:

    No wonder he told that Milwaukee paper he had all kinds of things swirling around in his head.

    Goodbye Herman. It was a laugh.

  6. Kevin says:

    If all these women are lying……cant this GOP POS go after them for slander or use some other court tool to show his innocence? Oh and Bill Clinton was a national disgrace…..as are they all…..

    1. Citizen says:

      Apparently at least some of the women have proof, Kevin, so your answer is no Cain can’t sue them. Besides, in the private affairs of people it is usually he said/she said. Unless there were cameras somewhere and witnesses. In this case, I believe there were witnesses.

    2. I'm Just Sayin' says:

      Kevin and all, this is politics at its worst. Character assisination is the name of the game. The democrats did it to Norm Coleman in the 2008 Senate race. Something about illegal contributions announced just before the election and then later, it could not be proven, but the democrats had already won (stole?) the seat. The real question is, is it the democrats of the republicans doing it this time, or both? I am not supporting or saying that Cain is the better candidate, but this is what we get. The strongest candidate gets unfounded accusations thrown at them and we end up with the weakest candidates that can throw the most mud. What a great system we have.

      1. frozenrunner says:

        In the case of Norm t was determined that it was $100000 gift amongst friends. Yeah, right. Enough people saw what a joke Norm is and voted for the other comic. That comic hasn’t told a joke since. It is funny you bring up Norm as there was plenty of gossip about him and Perpich, him being touchy-feely with waitresses.

  7. mike says:

    Anyone ever think that maybe these ladies are being paid off by the good old dems?

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