Cain Campaign Manager: Not Aware Of Settlement Relating To Harassment Charges

Herman Cain‘s campaign manager Mark Block appeared on MSNBC’s Daily Rundown today to rebut a recent Politico report that claimed that the GOP frontrunner was the subject of accusations of sexual harassment while he was head of the National Restaurant Association. Block clearly stated that he was “not personally aware of any cash settlement relating to sexual harassment charges to Mr. Cain,” when pressed by host Chuck Todd, who claimed he had his own sourcing on the settlement story.

While the Cain campaign has somewhat fumbled the response to these allegations, Block was very clear in his denial, in particular his clear statements that he has asked Herman Cain himself about these potential bombshell allegations. According to Block, Cain said to him emphatically, “when there is facts, bring them to me.” Block then quoted Cain as adding “let me face my accusers and we’ll deal with it then.”

While Cain may not have denied the reports, Block gave as clear cut a denial that we have seen from the campaign so far. Unfortunately for Cain, that’s not saying much. Block’s statements were carefully parsed, from saying that he “was not personally aware of any cash settlement relating to sexual harassment charges to Mr. Cain,” which leaves a bait shop’s worth of wiggle room, to his flat declaration that Cain “never sexually harassed anyone, period, end of story,” a declaration that, if Block is to be believed, the candidate himself has yet to make, and which Block carefully prefaced with the words, “Let me tell you.”

Mark Block is getting a lot of attention in the past few days, having been somewhat vilified for smoking a cigarette in a recent campaign ad. While not the sort of publicity he would have sought on his own, it’s the sort of the negative attention that his candidate Herman Cain is now receiving that predictably comes with being a frontrunner. While the harassment story will likely reveal itself over time, the secondary headline here is that no one appears to be taking Cain lightly, as the oppo research comes to light.

Watch the interview below, courtesy of MSNBC:

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