Herman Cain’s Alleged Ex-Mistress Demands He Withdraw From Fed Consideration
New York Daily News, The (NY)
She's fed up.
A woman who says Herman Cain engaged in an extra-marital affair with her and denied it is offering to describe "certain parts" of his body to the Senate Banking Committee if he doesn't withdraw his name from consideration for the Federal Reserve Board.
Ginger White said Thursday that Cain, a former restaurant executive and staunch Trump supporter, has no business taking a position at the most powerful central bank in the world.
"I ask Herman Cain, if I never had a sexual relationship with you, how would I be in a position to describe parts of your body that are not visible?" White, 53, asked rhetorically at a Manhattan press conference with her lawyer Gloria Allred.
"Do us all a favor and remove yourself from consideration for the Federal Reserve Board," the Atlanta woman said. "You are a liar and you don't deserve the public's confidence in such an important position."
President Trump announced April 4 that he wanted Cain to fill one of the Fed's vacant board seats. He later said a vetting process was underway ahead of a formal nomination.
Cain, the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza and ex-president of the National Restaurant Association, was a Tea Party darling who abandoned his bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination when multiple allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced in late 2011.
Sharon Bialek, a marketing professional, stepped forward in November 2011 to say Cain reached under her skirt and pushed her head toward his crotch inside a parked car after they met in Washington D.C. to discuss her career in 1997.
Bialek said she was shocked by the overture and asked Cain what he was doing.
"You want a job, right?" Cain allegedly said, according to Bialek.
The single mom from Chicago said she spoke out after three other women alleged Cain harassed them at the National Restaurant Association, which he ran from 1996 to 1999.
When Cain denied any wrongdoing, White stepped forward and said she and Cain carried on a 13-year extramarital affair.
"I was shocked by the manner in which he harshly reacted to the allegations (from Bialek and the others). He began bashing, criticizing, and attacking the character of these women who came forward," White recalled Thursday.
"I came forward in 2011 because I felt it was very important for the public to know the truth about his relationship with me," she said.
Allred, who also represents Bialek said Thursday her clients "are willing to testify under oath" if Cain receives and accepts Trump's nomination.
"We call on Mr. Cain to do the right thing and spare all of us another bruising and painful confirmation hearing," Allred said.
"Those who are in high governmental positions have a special responsibility to the truth, and to be role models for the truth, and to live the truth. Not just to talk about it, but to live it in actions."
Cain, 73, is founder of America Fighting Back, a pro-Trump political action committee, and works as a conservative radio show host. He adamantly maintains his accusers are lying.
He told the Wall Street Journal this week that he was "very committed" to the vetting process for the seat on the Fed board despite concerns about his past.
Meanwhile, his path to the nomination remained cloudy at best Thursday.
Four Republican senators including Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Utah's Mitt Romney already have said they would vote against Cain, all but dooming his ability to pass senate hearings.
Critics say Cain is simply too biased toward Trump to serve on the independent Fed board.
The president has made it clear he wants more influence over monetary policy.
He has repeatedly blasted his handpicked Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell for raising interest rates last year, calling them "destructive" to the strong economy he often touts on Twitter.