Things just keep getting worse for Herman Cain.
Less than 24 hours after Sharon Bialek became the fourth woman to accuse Herman Cain of sexual harassment, and the first to do so without hiding her identity, a fifth woman came forward last night to the Washington Examiner with a story about inappropriate behavior from Cain.
Donna Donella of Arlington Virgina was in Egypt where USAID had paid Cain to give a speech. In a Q&A following the speech an Egyptian woman in her 30′s asked Cain a question, and after the event he reportedly asked Donella, “Could you put me in touch with that lovely young lady who asked the question, so I can give her a more thorough answer over dinner?”
Donella tells the Washington Examiner that when she declined, feeling that the request was inappropriate, Cain said, “Then you and I can have dinner.” Two of Donella’s female colleagues approached and suggested they all go out to dinner together instead.
Cain agreed to the group dinner with the ladies, and while he didn’t exhibit any sexually inappropriate behavior at dinner, “he did order two $400 bottles of wine and stuck the women with the bill.”
Now that there are five women accusing Cain of less-than-appropriate behavior, ranging from general creepiness and being a terrible date all the way up to what the Atlantic notes might actually qualify as sexual assault, it will become even harder for the Cain campaign to dismiss the charges as the twisted delusions of some random woman. 5 women is a consensus. And who knows how many more will come forward? Two have already come forward this week and it’s only Tuesday.
All of which begs the question, what kind of vetting process did Cain undergo before deciding to run for president? These are the kinds of things that invariably come out in an election—did he expect that after leaving a stir of harassment in his wake that this would never come up?
Perhaps, as has been suggested, Cain never really thought he’d get far enough to matter. Perhaps this whole thing was a ruse to raise his profile and raise some money in the process.
Then again, we are talking about a guy who quotes “poetry” from the them song of “Pokemon” at a presidential debate—trying to understand what makes him tick is probably a lost cause.