According to the AP via Politico, GOP candidate Herman Cain was accused of sexual harassment by two female employees in the mid-'90s, when he was the head of the National Restaurant Association. Cain's spokesperson issued a statement to the AP fervently denying the allegations against him, as well as Politico's claims that the women were offered a five-figure payout if they left the organization and never spoke of the charges again.
Although Cain has ridden on the momentum of his early start in the polls for the past few months, barely trailing behind fellow GOP candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, the sexual-harassment accusations could tarnish his squeaky-clean reputation as shitty-pizza-chain impresario/late '90s computer-game aficionado/inadvertent lung-cancer proponent. For his part, Cain vehemently denies the claims, rhetorically asking a Politico reporter if he had "ever been accused of sexual harassment" when the website confronted him outside the CBS News Washington bureau, where Cain had just been interviewed for Face the Nation. We'll see how well his "I know you are, but what am I?" preschool rhetoric serves him during the next debate in Michigan, right after he accuses Rick Perry of being a doodyhead.