Herman Cain has achieved national front-runner status and leads a Des Moines Register poll in Iowa in part because of his affability in addition to his policy ideas.
Cain, though, has been dogged by questions about whether he can effectively manage his organization and deal with unplanned situations that may arise.
This week, Cain’s affability and organizational competence will be tested and his candidacy’s fate may be in the balance, as he will have to respond to a POLITICO story in which two former female employees who worked under Cain while he was leading the National Restaurant Association during the 1990s accused him of “inappropriate behavior:”
During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO.
The Cain campaign denied the allegations to the Associated Press and accused “Washington establishment critics” who “haven’t had much luck in attacking Mr. Cain’s ideas to fix a bad economy and create jobs” of “trying to attack him in any way they can.”
More details will likely emerge this week. As of now, the identities of the women remain unknown. Further, the Cain campaign’s denials have not been the most confident.
Cain is scheduled to be in Washington, D.C. — at the American Enterprise Institute, The National Press Club, and meetings with members of Congress — this week, and will be swarmed by the press.
Does he have a capable enough organization to handle this situation? Can his affability remain in tact in the minds of voters after all of the facts emerge?