Posted by JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
Comment by Jim Campbell
We should be hearing from the coward Senator Ms. Lindsey Graham any moment on why Herman Cain lacks the qualifications to be president.
Is former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain’sz Republican support slipping? He seemed to have to face softening support today — hours before he holds a press conference at which he is expected to paint himself as the target of a campaign out to get him by politically or financially motivated accusers.
NUMBER ONE: A Republican Senator says he should quit if the allegations prove true. And the way this is stated is not a ringing endorsement of Cain:
– Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowskiz told CNN on Tuesday she is “concerned” that the most recent charge of sexual harassment against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain “is not an isolated incident” and that he should quit the race if there is any truth to the claims.
“I’m learning about this at the same time as any of the rest of you. But I would suggest that if, in fact, there is substance to the claims – and now there are apparently four individuals that have been involved or who have come forward – if that’s the case, I think that his opportunity as a nominee are gone,” the senator said.
Nearly all of the Republican senators contacted by CNN sidestepped questions about the scandal that has rocked Cain’s campaign, saying they want to learn first if there is real evidence to support the mostly anonymous charges.
However, Murkowski made clear she was moved by the public account of Sharon Bialek, a single mother from Chicago who held a news conference on Monday to say Cain wanted sex in return for helping her to find a job.
“It takes incredible courage for an individual to come forward as this latest, as this one woman has,” the third-term Alaskan said. “So it does cause me to wonder exactly what is out there. I am concerned.”
Cain’s supporters (particularly Fox News, which is mounting a major defense of Cain) will likely dismiss Murkowski as a RINO given the way she won re-election (as an independent defeating the Tea Party establishment candidate). But they will find it harder to diss the second wavering GOPer.