ATLANTA (CBS Washington/AP) — Herman Cain’s Iowa campaign chairman is telling The Associated Press that the candidate is reassessing his presidential campaign a day after an Atlanta businesswoman alleged a 13-year extramarital affair with the Republican.
Steve Grubbs says that on a conference call with senior staff early Tuesday, Cain said the allegations have taken an emotional toll on his family but that he’s moving ahead with the campaign.
Still, Grubbs said Cain told his staff he would be reassessing how to move forward given that the allegations have damaged his fundraising.
The Iowa chairman said Cain still planned to deliver a foreign policy speech in Michigan later Tuesday.
Ginger White told WAGA-TV in Atlanta that she met Cain in the late 90s while he was the president of the National Restaurant Assocation.
“It was pretty simple. It wasn’t complicated. I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware I was in a very inappropriate situation, relationship,” she told the station.
Cain says he knows the woman, but denied having an affair with her.
“I acknowledge that I knew the woman. I acknowledge that I have known her for about that period of time. But the accusation that I had a 13-year affair with her, no,” Cain told CNN Monday.
Five other women have also accused the GOP hopeful of sexually harassing them during his tenure at the restaurant association. He has denied those allegations.
Several polls show that Cain’s popularity has slipped among Republican voters amid these allegations.
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