Ugly Attack On Herman Cain Said To Be “Hatchet Job” By NRA Chairman
By Dell Hill via Director Blue
really don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure this one out. A
Republican candidate came from out of nowhere and took the lead in the
race for the Republican nomination for president. Almost immediately
the hacks went to work and came up with what they thought would sink his
campaign. It hasn’t and I doubt it will.
Politico smear merchants Jonathan Martin and Kenneth Vogel hardest hit:
National Restaurant Association board chairman Joseph Fassler offered a
firm defense of GOP presidential front-runner Herman Cain, along with
an explanation for how Washington’s best-kept secret — the identities of Cain’s sexual-harassment accusers — was also kept from the association’s board.
“The accusations? It’s a hatchet job, in my opinion,”
Fassler told TheDC from his Phoenix, Ariz. office. “My gut tells me
it’s a hatchet job. He gets a lead, he gets some traction, and the next
thing you know, here come these allegations. It’s sad.”
said his four years in leadership positions on the association’s board —
including one year as chairman and another as past chairman — overlapped with two and one-half years of Cain’s time as CEO. Fassler was first elected to the board in 1984, and was chairman in 1997.
he said he had no reason to doubt the accuracy of reports that the
restaurant trade group made five-figure payments to employees then
embroiled in what is now a campaign scandal, Fassler said he was never informed about those payments while on the board.
reported late Thursday that one of Cain’s accusers, then a 30-year-old
female government-affairs staffer, reported an allegation of sexual
harassment to an NRA board member within hours of what she said was an
improper sexual overture.
account, however, either questions the accuracy of this account or
suggests a communications failure among board members...
He [said] he “never heard anything about Herman that would suggest he
had those sort of allegations lodged against him. He was a professional.
agreements, he said, were — and remain — “common” in human resource
management. “You offer people severance agreements, unless they are for
cause, all the time,” he said.
why no complaint about Herman Cain ever reached the board, Fassler put
the episode in perspective, essentially seeing the amount of money
involved as small-potatoes... Fassler drew a clear distinction between
legal settlements for significant amounts of money and routine severance
packages that would normally be handled far beneath the board’s level
memories of Cain, he said, were all positive. He called the GOP
front-runner a smart businessman, and said that even 15 years ago, the
Georgia pizza mogul had a grasp of government policy and routine that
was stronger than most of his peers... “Herman, during those days, did a
very good job of getting our message heard on the Hill,” Fassler said.”
Blue has a few more choice comments to make concerning this totally
ridiculous and politically motivated attack on the Republican
front-runner. Read it all by clicking right here.