We have the response from the Cain campaign. It's all Rick Perry's fault. Or rather, it is Rick Perry's consultant Curt Anderson who is to blame.
And Chris Wilson, who says he knows about it because of his time at the National Restaurant Association, works for a Perry Super PAC.
Curt Anderson was Herman Cain's strategist when he ran for the Senate.
So let's get this straight.
Herman Cain has at least ten days notice from the Politico. Curt Anderson was only hired by Perry in the last week, i.e. after the Politico had the story.
He also knows his former strategist was a Romney guy in 2008 and now is definitely not on Team Cain for 2012.
He also knows that Anderson knows about this stuff.
And he still can't come up with a measurable response when the story finally comes out?
Even more damaging, I think, is when people tie it all together. Herman Cain's consultant from 2004 uncovered it in 2004 and Cain launched a Presidential bid in 2011 without coming up with a damage control plan on a major issue that could destroy his campaign?
(Never mind that Herman Cain says he only told Curt Anderson about one woman)
And now there is a third woman?!?
What. The. Hell.
In response to Cain calling him the source of the story, Curt Anderson made this statement:
"I’ve known Herman Cain for about 7 years. I was one of several consultants on his Senate race in 2004 and was proud to help him. I'd never heard any of these allegations until I read them in Politico, nor does anything I read in the press change my opinion that Herman is an upstanding man and a gentleman. I have great respect for Herman and his character and I would never speak ill of him, on the record or off the record. That's true today and it's not going to change."