Radio Host: Cain 'Inappropriate' With My Staff
Steve Deace suggests candidate is 'compromised in his private life'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2011 5:56 AM CDT
Cain has called the allegations against him part of a “witch hunt.”   (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

(Newser) – This week isn't getting any easier for Herman Cain. A conservative Iowa radio host's claim that the candidate made remarks to two female staffers that were "professionally awkward if not inappropriate" is beginning to receive national attention. Steve Deace, who hosts a syndicated 2-hour show and played a key role in Mike Huckabee's 2008 Iowa caucus victory, won't discuss the exact details of Cain's behavior but suggests the candidate is "compromised in his private life," ABC News reports. He says Cain made the remarks to "both of my female staffers ... over the last several months."

Deace, when asked by Politico what Cain had said, responded by describing how he treats his staff. "Since I have very talented employees that happen to be women. I go out of my way to treat them like my sisters," he said. "For example, I wouldn't tell them or any other woman I am not married to nor related to how pretty she is." Cain—who blames a Rick Perry adviser for the surfacing of sexual harassment allegations—describe Deace's statements as “absolutely ridiculous."