After a two-day blitz of awkward interviews, partial explanations and sometimes contradictory answers, Herman Cain employed a new strategy Wednesday when questioned about allegations that two employees accused him of sexual harassment in the 1990s: No comment.
The Republican presidential contender, appearing on Capitol Hill to meet with congressional leaders and talk about health care, was instead surrounded by reporters asking about the sexual harassment cases that happened during his time as the head of the National Restaurant Association.
Mr. Cain was mum when asked if he had an opinion on whether the restaurant association should release his accusers from the confidentiality agreements they signed as part of their separation packages.
The appearance followed a report in The Washington Post Tuesday that said an attorney for one of his accusers is requesting that the lobbying group release his client from the confidentiality agreement, which bars her from talking. And the New York Times reported that evening that the association gave a year’s salary of $35,000 to one of the female subordinates.
Sue Hensley, the group’s senior vice president of public affairs, issued a statement Wednesday that said attorney Joel Bennett had contacted the restaurant association and was asked to contact the group’s outside counsel.
“Mr. Bennett indicated that he would do so tomorrow, after he met with his client,” she said.
Following the report Sunday, Mr. Cain hit the television airwaves, appearing on PBS’s “Newshour” and “On the Record with Greta VanSusteren” on Fox News. Then on Tuesday, he appeared on CNN’s “Headline News” and followed that up with two more interviewed on Fox News.