Statement from the National Restaurant Association

Joel Bennett held a press conference moments ago on behalf of his client who alleged sexual harassment charges against Herman Cain, and it amounted to a big fat zero of any relevant information to this. The woman doesn’t want to reveal her identity or her side of the story. What’s interesting is that the NRA, according to their statement below, would have released her from the confidentiality portion of the agreement to allow her to vocalize her side of the story. But they still opted not to. So, end of story.

Here is the NRA’s statement:

“We have seen the statement Joel Bennett released earlier today on behalf of his client, a former employee of the Association. The Association consented to the release of that statement, at the request of Mr. Bennett’s client.

“Based upon the information currently available, we can confirm that more than a decade ago, in July 1999, Mr. Bennett’s client filed a formal internal complaint, in accordance with the Association’s existing policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment. Mr. Herman Cain disputed the allegations in the complaint. The Association and Mr. Bennett’s client subsequently entered into an agreement to resolve the matter, without any admission of liability. Mr. Cain was not a party to that agreement. The agreement contains mutual confidentiality obligations. Notwithstanding the Association’s ongoing policy of maintaining the privacy of all personnel matters, we have advised Mr. Bennett that we are willing to waive the confidentiality of this matter and permit Mr. Bennett’s client to comment. As indicated in Mr. Bennett’s statement, his client prefers not to be further involved with this matter and we will respect her decision.

“The Association has robust policies designed to ensure that employees with concerns may bring them forward for prompt investigation and resolution, without risk of retaliation. The Association is fully committed to equal employment opportunity and to an environment that is free from any discrimination or harassment.”

The agreement was made between the NRA and the client with no admission of liability. And Cain, just as he said, wasn’t a party to the agreement.

Also, remember how the press wanted to make a big deal out of the fact that Herman Cain used the word “agreement”? Just to point out, that’s exactly the word used in this statement. What does it matter? Not much at this point.

So, all in all, this is over and there is nothing to indicate that Cain did anything wrong. Let the Cain Train keep rollin’ on!

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  • Linky1

    All aboard the Cain train! The truth shall set you free……except for the slimestream media.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, harrasseee, reveal your identity or you simply don’t exist!!…how about that for a counter. 999 babydoll (that’s no, no, no to you…in German) >now let’s get back to the English 999.

  • We are winning the media battle. Keep up the good work and be ready to man the battle stations in case there is a new bimbo eruption

  • Good. Let’s get back to the business of fighting the evil that is dear leader.

  • mike morrison


    • Vindication of the Cain or the accuser?

      • Anonymous

        Reading for comprehension… not your strong suit, now is it?

        • Not yours for sure

          • Anonymous

            kudos for originality there sweetheart…

            • You do realize, that using the term “sweetheart,” could have you facing sexual harassment charges in a work environment. …

              • Anonymous

                Not if you are the god of community organizing!

                I love linking that story. Notice how few stories there are on it, too!

                • Like the story…But it states Cain didn’t sign because the complaint was against the company and he was already gone. Go figure.

              • Anonymous

                Yeah Cindy… you are right. And it depends on who’s using it. If one is a liberal hypocrite… you get a pass… like Whoopie gave Obama a pass. If you’re a conservative then its… GET HIM!!

                It’s funny how that works… downright uncanny I’d say.

                But to explain the use of the word “sweetie”… it goes something like this. If it’s a woman who says silly things and gets stuck on stupid… then the response is yes… “sweetie”… the way I would address a four year old girl who’s inconsolable and upset. Now if it’s a man I’ll say “dear sweet boy” for the same reasons. Heck I have often said, “now now there cupcake”.

                You see the term is derisive… not sexist. It’s so much better than calling the woman a “b*&ch” or the man a “pr*&k”. And how many times have women called men a “pr*&k”? Plenty… yet when was the last time a man charged a woman with sexism for referring to the male member?

                Nice double standard that eh! Liberals have whole cupboards full of these double standards. It’s called political correctness… and it works beautifully.

            • Dax

              Last night las1 was on here arguing religion for hours. Now he throws insults. Credibility GONE.

              • Anonymous

                Dax…calling someone sweetheart or cupcake is hardly the insult you seem to think. At most it can be derisive, (I’ll reform myself on this… my bad) but it sure diffuses a lot of hard feelings when talking with people when politics and other issues are discussed and argued. And yes… we run up against really awful people constantly who can be called the b word or the p word. I never do… because I really don’t see people in those terms… but many people do use those terms. So wouldn’t it be better to use innocuous or less vicious words that can diffuse tense discussions and injects humour at the same time. Maybe your threshold for what constitutes an insult is lower.. but it’s pretty tame in my estimation.

                But I take your point… sweetheart is probably not the best choice… I’ll strike it from my vocabulary. See… there… I’ve fallen to political correctness… You happy now? But thanks for the correction.

  • Guess Mr. Cain had a memory lapse or maybe Conveniently forgot. Truth teller he is not..An evader he is.

    • What are you talking about? Are you hallucinating?

      • Anonymous

        Liberal semantics: Serving the public since 1984.
        (sorry, meant to be in reply to ABC)

    • Anonymous

      Where the heck do you get that? He denied it all along. He wasn’t party to the agreement, and no one will go on record. He’s said all along (and 10 years ago) that he did no wrong.

      The only one who says he did is still anonymous. How did Cain lie, Stacy?

      • Never said he lied…but he did not tell the entire story. He left out the stuff that made him look bad.

        For not being a politician, his responses are in line with most of them.

        That is the truth.

        • “Truth teller he is not” That’s not calling someone a liar?

          • Anonymous

            Liberal semantics: Serving the public since 1984.

        • Anonymous

          **Crap…Hit Like button instead of Reply.**

          It was ten years ago and was a total and complete non-issue. I don’t remember any details of stuff that long ago, even when they are more important. What “politicians” do is to come up with an airtight cover story, explain it away, then pay off anyone who says otherwise.

          • just hit the like button again. problem solved.

            • Anonymous

              Sweet! thanks for covering.

            • Anonymous

              For realz? Thanks for that nugget!

              Also, thanks for allowing the depth of threads in here. Over at some sites, they set cutoff at five levels or so, so it’s real easy to hit “Like” because there is no “Reply” button.

        • You did say he lied. “Truth teller he is not.”

          Apparently it should be “Truth teller Stacy is not.”

          • Guess way too many people here are drinking the Cain cool-aid.

            I thought this was a place for reasonable people to share views but looks like a Cain party.

            • You have just proven you are not a reasonable person, Stacy. You’re talking out of the side of your liberal neck. Not our fault you stick out like a sore thumb.

            • Anonymous

              Stacy – I am supporting another candidate other than Cain, but this garbage promoted by ‘POLITICO’ is just another “Anita Hill” attempt to smear Cain.
              All too often we’ve had innocent individuals and corporations sued by those with deceptive alterior motives “MONEY” — and their legal representatives decide it is not to their monetary interests to fight them in court. So, the law firms settle rather than go through a lengthy and costly trial. It has happened more than once in suits brought against my very own township.
              Oh, and by the way – the Rev. Jesse Jackson is notorious for having brought forth these kind of frivilous and vicious suits.

              ‘Shakedown: Exposing The Real Jesse Jackson’

              Jesse Jackson’s shakedown methods

              Read more: Jesse Jackson’s shakedown methods

              I would suggest that you are the one who should wake up and smell the coffee.

            • Dax

              Stacy, facts are not argued against but opinions are. If you disagree with Cain on policy or have facts to prove is a liar or sexual harrasser then great, but you are being too easily fooled by propoganda.

        • Dax

          Stacy, the very argument people are making about him is that he did not handle this as a tried and true politician. He didn’t have some anti bimbo team try destroy this woman or come out with a written statement. He came out as a real man. Take it easy.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah! And the world is flat! BELEIVE what you want but existents exists! Look at the polls!

    • Please read this again, Ms. Lanier:
      “Based upon the information currently available, we can confirm that more than a decade ago, in July 1999, Mr. Bennett’s client filed a formal internal complaint, in accordance with the Association’s existing policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment. Mr. Herman Cain disputed the allegations in the complaint. The Association and Mr. Bennett’s client subsequently entered into an agreement to resolve the matter, without any admission of liability. Mr. Cain was not a party to that agreement. The agreement contains mutual confidentiality obligations. Notwithstanding the Association’s ongoing policy of maintaining the privacy of all personnel matters, we have advised Mr. Bennett that we are willing to waive the confidentiality of this matter and permit Mr. Bennett’s client to comment. As indicated in Mr. Bennett’s statement, his client prefers not to be further involved with this matter and we will respect her decision.”

      • How convenient you took everything that tries to shed a good light on Mr. Cain…did you not read everything?

        • Anonymous

          Huh??? Kelly just reposted half the article.

          “Mr. Herman Cain disputed the allegations” wasn’t in her quote.

          “…we have advised Mr. Bennett that we are willing to waive the confidentiality of this matter and permit Mr. Bennett’s client to comment. As indicated in Mr. Bennett’s statement, his client prefers not to be further involved with this matter…” wasn’t in the quote either.

          Which part that Kelly left out are you referring to? You haven’t provided any specifics, so it’s hard to discuss.

        • He denied all wrong doing from the beginning in 1999. He didn’t believe he did anything wrong.

          So you want him to make stuff up just so you can blame him for something?

          • Anonymous

            You’re wasting your time, she’s either a brain dead liberal or so dense she makes biden look smart.

            • Anonymous

              Biden is kind of the opposite of “dense.” You could swing a cat in his brain and not hit any neurons.

        • Obama is the biggest damn liar in the world, so what’s your beef commie Lib Lanier?!

          • No Beef as I am not an Obama supporter and never will. I am not a lib so go look elsewhere.

            Do you like 9-9-9?

    • Anonymous

      Hey, the accuser can still come forward!! They are waiving the confidentiality agreement. IF she is woman enough, seize it!!! Or desist, like the coward like she is!!
      This is 2011, don’t go around spreading lies on mere assumptions thinking that “We, the People” will buy into them!!! QUIT MAKING UP LIES!!

    • Anonymous

      Yoda-speak much?

    • Linky1

      So, I guess the NRA had a memory lapse too, Stacey.

    • You sound like a professional victim, Stacy. what’s the matter, darlin’? Panties in a wad or what? Go fume somewhere else, libtard.

    • Dax

      It’s funny how even so called conservatives on here are still being tricked by the left wing media. You are much better than that, I hope, Stacy. Cain is a good man.

  • Anonymous

    So…Cain was complained against, denied wrongdoing, someone else exchanged money and agreements that he was no part of, then ten years later it’s all MSNBC can talk about.

    Did I miss anything? Except that no one will go on record over this and it wasn’t brought to light till Cain started leading in the polls.

    • Nope- I think you’ve about cleared it up all right.

    • Anonymous

      And Obama’s records are still sealed, without any legal justification like an internal investigation and settlements.

  • Kevin DeCoster

    This says nothing to the fact that, according to conservative Iowa radio personality Steve Deace, as recent as last year Cain referred to a woman as ‘darlin’. Deace proceeded on to share that information with Politico soon after the story broke. Has the concern over the use of the term ‘Darlin’ been fully vetted.

    As related to the ‘darlin’ comment I think a good ‘ol scarlet letter is in order here folks!

    • Anonymous

      How about a Scarlett (O’Hare) letter? It’s a very common Southern-ism, especially for a guy Cain’s age. I’ve personally been called Darlin, Sugar, Hon, you name it, by total strangers on any number of occasions.

      • puma_for_life

        I live in NC (for about 6 years, so not a local) and I have been called darlin’ quite a bit. I don’t particularly like it, but it’s not worth getting all bothered about. It’s just the way it goes here and this is where I live. Also, bless your heart is used a lot when you really mean f**k you. I like that one probably because so far no one has used it on me.

        • Anonymous

          Haha…dang, puma, are you from the North?

          • puma_for_life

            Yes. Born and raised in Ohio, but lived in Maine for 30 years (with brief stints in Missouri and NM).

            • Anonymous

              Ah…I guessed. Most Southerners are used to it, so they either don’t notice or like being called pet names. Just Southern friendliness…don’t know why, really.

      • I’m a white, northern, middle aged female….I tend to call everyone, (men and women alike) sweetheart, honey, darling, etc.

        Not one woman, or man, for that matter, ever reported me to HR!…

        • Anonymous

          Cindy, you sound like the kind of lady who wouldn’t get offended if a guy opened a door for you.

          • Not at all, honey….In fact, I’d expect it!

            Gloria Steinham and the feminist movement, have de-masculated many a man. They now have to worry about offending a female, watching every word they utter, and gesture they make.

            I will always enjoy a compliment, an open door, or a wink and a whistle. ….Of course, the latter, are few and far between, now that I’m in the midst of my golden years!….lol

            • Anonymous

              Gold sparkles, and has warmth.

        • Anonymous

          Good point. Every time I eat in a diner, my name instantly becomes “Hon”

          I’m thinking of changing it legally to Hon, just so I’ll fit in better.

    • Anonymous

      Paul Newman said of his wife Joanne : “She’s a great broad” It was a great compliment and it was taken that way. Take quotes out of the context of time and they can be distorted.

  • Anonymous

    All aboard!

    • Anonymous

      Chugga, chugga, choo, chooooooo!

  • Has politico run a story on this yet????

    • Anonymous

      Sure, sure, sure. They’re burning up the presses right now writing retractions for the 90 stories they’ve run so far.

      Aren’t they?
      Beuller? Beuller?

  • puma_for_life

    So, since the complaint was resolved when Cain no longer worked there and he was not part of any agreement he could very likely have no idea what the allegations were aside from the one gesture.

    • Not only that, but he couldn’t defend himself or tell his side of the story to dispute the “evidence” either.

      • puma_for_life

        Almost worse than an ambush. Total fabrication. I hope he sues Politico if he can.

  • We still need to know who leaked this, and what their reason for doing so was. The notion that a person would do this, and cause the accuser (no matter what the factual validity of her complaint is…) a degree of embarassment and potentially cost the country an excellent candidate, and then go unconfronted is an affront to all that seems right and just. You can’t just go out and hurt people and not stand accountable….

  • Anonymous

    Okay fine. It’s clear now. He sold cocaine. He drugged women, then raped 6 of them. Murdered an old lady in cincinatti. Funded an international cartel of carjackers headquartered in South Africa.

    And he drives a gas guzzling bus. Cain is definitely a scumbag.

    • Anonymous

      A friend of my dentist’s receptionist’s brother in law’s newspaper delivery boy also knew someone who told him almost the same thing! Cain should turn himself in to the authorities, now.

      • Anonymous

        You had me there for a minute! LOL!

  • I can’t wait for all the bloggers/tweeters/faceplanters etc who pontificated that this was the absolute end of Cain-not necessarily because there was any truth to the allegations, but that he and his staff handled it like rank amateurs, UN-presidential-start trying to swim back to the ship they abandoned when they see it isn’t sinking. Damn rats.

    • Anonymous

      Spineless vermin and rodents, Ms. Rodman! Come out! Come out, wherever you are and take your medicine like big boys and girls!

  • Anonymous


    • Been there, done that….Long before, as well as after, the “incident.”

      • Anonymous

        …may GOD BLESS YOU Cindy.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. EMT?

    • Anonymous

      You, you, you clever person! Love it!

  • Anonymous

    Usually where there is smoke, there is also fire…

    Except when it is the kind of smoke being blown up someone’s kilt. <= old Scottish parable.


  • Anonymous

    i believe cain is exonerated as well…if nra has released her and she does not want to give her side of the story then the cain train rolls on..only one problem.. hope she doesn’t drop a bomb during the pres. campaign if cain is our nominee although if thses folks did start talking they wouldn’t be credible at all since they had thier chance

  • Anonymous

    I never gave in to the Politico MSM sabotage. Conservatives should not get sucked in by smears with anonymous and friends of sources who wish to remain anonymous. I originally went on other blogs to question why Politico never disclosed documents if they did outline sexual harassment incidents. Nothing. Politico did not even give examples of incidents. They did not even interview the woman. The woman wants to remain private!! Obviously they never talk to her.

    These are the hit jobs they will conduct on each candidate. This is bigger than Cain.

    • Looking at Cain’s poll numbers AFTER the “incident,” conservatives were not at all “sucked in.” His numbers are holding steady…I don’t expect any fall out.

      We are far too intelligent and level headed to listen to the MSM! Conservatives wait for facts, not innuendos and/or rumors..

  • Amen. We’re talking about a gesture – not a rape, an attack, an affair – but a gesture. Even in the most doctored scenario, we’re talking about a gesture. If this is the new gold standard of impropriety, then Clinton and Ted Kennedy deserve statues at the Vatican, while Obama deserves a cameo in “Blow”. Now I’m going to go stick my tongue out at a female reporter after she asks me if Romney is a conservative. I expect to be on every media outlet for my crimes against insanity. Herman gives us the best chance to win – he’s the biggest threat to Obama’s voting base – and he truly is, a conservative. Go Herman! America needs you!

  • Anonymous

    Time for a new slogan:

    Pollutico – even less credible than the Enquirer.

  • But what about the blue dress.

    Oh sorry I got Cain confused with someone else. But with all the attention being paid to this you would think this was much bigger.

  • Anonymous

    I am thoroughly disgusted with ALL the media outlets. They all seem determined to be the ones to come up with the next bit of dirt on Mr. Cain. Oh well, I just sent him ANOTHER donation. I want him to beat them all like a redheaded stepchild. And apparently I am not alone; his campaign set a goal yesterday of reaching 999,000 by 11/9, last time I checked he had already raised over $460,000!

  • Dan

    I seem to remember The Scum in Chief being treated like this all the time..and i recall all the questions about his buddy Ayers and i also remember how mad the press got when they asked about his alleged homosexual activity, with Larry Sinclair. How he told them he wouldn’t answer those questions. I also remember all the press about his “no birth certificate”…remember that guys….And remember his ties to commies was the talk of the town, and his racist pastor .OH! How the papers were just full of story after story and the questions just filled the nightly news cast.And remember when he said he wanted to share the wealth (Communism) and how the news people just hounded him day and night…And how the news people dug up and showed us all his trans scripts from his days at school…And remember how the media exposed the Bamsters school loans and his grades and when asked about who wrote one of his books they all went out and investigated till they found the truth…And when the Bamster lies (every other word) they hold him accountable and how it was all over the papers and the nightly news cast….And remember when he went golfing every weekend how the media told him he should be working and had picture after picture of him golfing while people were in the unemployment line …remember that and how they hounded him about the wars we were in.

    Oh I’m sorry…I was just Dreaming……

    a re-post….

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, but I must have been dreaming also! “The Great Prevaricator must be outed!” said the Tooth fairy. (Oh, I hope that this is not taken as an un-PC statement).

  • Time to take a stand folks, don’t let the opposition choose a candidate for us again. Herman Cain is a decent, honest and honorable American and I am proud to support him 100%.

  • Cool!! Moving on!!

  • Anonymous

    Interesting that there are only 2 isolated allegations of SH in Mr. Cain’s 3 years at the NRA…if this was a character flaw, wouldn’t there be allegations all over the place like Clinton when he was governor, running for president and residing as president…These women were not victims of SH, they are either “uncomfortable” having black men in superior positions, seeking retribution (most sub par employees do sue when terminated) or they realized how much the NRA brings in revenue….

    -The National Restaurant Association represents 380,000 restaurants.
    -The National Restaurant Association employs 12,800,000 Americans
    -The National Restaurant Association reported sales of $604,000,000,000 (BILLION) in 2010
    -The United States has 5% of the world’s population and 70% of the world’s lawyers.
    -There are 1,130,000 attorneys that practice law in America.
    -2 women “charged” Herman Cain of sexual harassment.

    Follow the money and think logically!

  • I like Cain, but regrettably, this seems different than the Clarence Thomas attacks. There seems to be more to this allegation, to include actual settlements, third-party witnesses, etc. Frankly, where there’s this much smoke . . .

    All that being said, I think the ugliest thing about “sexual harassment” is that it is so subjective and so patronizing to females, and it is so hypocritical for Democrats. Libs, who foster sexualization of every part of our culture (and thereby encourage women to assert sexual leverage) and who pooh-pooh traditional values and who try to pretend that there is no difference between men and women act like flirting or telling a dirty joke is a Federal offense (at least when Republicans do it). DEMS IGNORED A SITTING PRESIDENT HAVING SEX WITH AN UNPAID INTERN, FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE . . . and now they’re pursuing this story like it is some big deal?

    While it bothers me to think that Cain might have been unfaithful to his wife and have violated the teachings of his faith, I think that we shouldn’t let the Liberal media establishment frame this debate and drive this story.

  • Anonymous

    Can the NRA bill Politico and all the other liberal extremist wackos for their time spent on this decade old resolved “non” issue?

  • Dax

    Sorry las1. I see that Stacy does have a problem. My bad

    • Anonymous

      I still feel it’s a comprehension problem.. we can all read things and get things wrong some time… there is just so much to absorb and sift… but with her… I felt she just wasn’t getting it even after many people tried to get her to see. But she’s entitled.

  • Because it’s all a bunch of CRAP!!!!!

  • Because it’s all a bunch of CRAP!!!!!