Herman Cain’s top aide accused Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s camp of leaking stories to the media about sexual harassment allegations from the 1990s that have rocked the former pizza company executive’s presidential campaign.
Cain has been grappling with the allegations since Politico first reported Sunday night that at least two women who worked for the National Restaurant Association when Cain was the head had received financial settlements after they complained about his behavior.
The Cain campaign points to longtime GOP consultant Curt Anderson, who worked for Cain’s failed 2004 U.S. Senate bid and was debriefed on the harassment allegations by Cain himself. Anderson now works for Perry.
And Chris Wilson, a former pollster for the restaurant association, said Wednesday he witnessed Cain’s alleged inappropriate behavior. He’s now involved with a pro-Perry super political action committee.
Both men deny leaking the story and the Perry aides says the first they learned about it was this week in the press.
But Cain’s team isn’t buying it and demands an apology.
“This is one of the actions in America that is the reason why people don’t get involved in politics,” Mark Block, chief of staff to Cain’s campaign, said in an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Special Report. “The actions of the Perry campaign are despicable.”
“Rick Perry and his campaign owe Herman Cain and his family an apology,” Block said.
Earlier Wednesday, a third woman said she considered filing a workplace complaint against Cain over what she viewed as aggressive and unwanted behavior, including a private invitation to his corporate apartment.
And the attorney for one of two women who apparently received financial settlements said Wednesday that he will formally request his client be allowed to speak publicly about the case.