Cain Blames Story Leak on Rick Perry Adviser
But Perry's team suggests Mitt Romney is to blame
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2011 7:06 PM CDT
Herman Cain pauses while speaking at the Congressional Health Caucus Thought Leaders Series on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – So who's behind the Politico scoop about Herman Cain's sex-harassment allegations? Cain thinks he knows: one of his former political advisers who now works for Rick Perry. Cain tells Forbes that he briefed Curt Anderson about the allegations in 2003 when Cain was in the midst of an unsuccessful run for Senate. Anderson denied it: “I never heard about this story until I read about it in Politico," he said. "I have nothing but good things to say about Herman Cain."

A spokesman for the Perry camp also denied the charge and instead suggested that it might be the work of, you guessed it, Mitt Romney, notes the Hill. “By the way, there are real ties between Romney campaign backers and Mr. Cain and the National Restaurant Association,” said Ray Sullivan. (The Romney camp has previously denied planting the story.) In his Forbes interview, Cain said he told Anderson about the "baseless" charges in case his political foes raised it. "I told my wife about this in 1999 and I’ve got nothing to hide,” he added. Click to read about a third woman who has complained about Cain's behavior in the 1990s.