The New York Times reported that Herman Cain, President Trump’s nominee for a seat on the Federal Reserve's board of governors, has been hit with a round of sexual misconduct allegations.
Cain has been accused of paying off women who accused him of sexual harassment. He has also been accused of groping women and carrying on an extramarital affair that lasted for 13 years.
“President Trump’s statement that Herman Cain is ‘a truly outstanding individual’ is a message that the president of the United States is willing to ignore the allegations of a number of women who alleged that Herman Cain either sexually harassed them or had an affair with them,” said Gloria Allred, who represented two of Cain’s accusers.
“This message is an insult to women and should be condemned by the Republican Party and all those who care about respect and dignity for women.”
Cain will be another controversial Trump nomination to the seven member Fed board. Another nominee, Stephen Moore, has been criticized for questionable ethical and financial actions that emerged with his divorce records. The White House has backed both of Trump’s picks.
“I don’t buy it; we’re not trying to damage the Fed’s independence,” Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, said when asked about Cain.
The sexual misconduct allegations against cain surfaced in 2011. He was campaigning to be the Republican presidential nominee when he was accused of sexual misconduct. He denied the claims.
The majority of the accusations are from the 1990s and are from former or current employees of the National Restaurant Association. Cain served on the associations board when he was president of restaurant chain Godfather’s Pizza. When he resigned from Godfather’s, he moved to Washington to become the president of the association.
Cain’s behavior toward female subordinates at the organization raised many eyebrows.
Cain introduced sexual innuendo into conversations and once invited an employee to his hotel room. The association paid for two settlements to employees who accused Cain of sexually harassing them. The settlements included confidentiality provisions.
Sharon Bialek, another former employee, said Cain groped and propositioned her in 1997.
After Bialek shared her story, another woman came forward. Ginger White said that she had a 13 year extramarital affair with Cain. Cain denied all of these allegations, but he suspended his campaign for the presidency.
It is not yet clear if Cain will pass a background check or be confirmed by Senate Republicans.
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