A Georgia woman, Ginger White, says she and Herman Cain had a 13-year affair that lasted nearly until the businessman announced his White House run.
Last weekend, FOX 5 Atlanta sat down with White, who insisted that despite coming forward, “I'm not proud. I didn't want to come out with this. I did not.”
White was worried a political tsunami was headed her way, so, she decided to head it off, confessing her alleged 13-year-long affair with the Republican.
NOTE: Herman Cain denies White's allegations categorically, and the candidate's wife, Gloria Cain, has defended her husband from all the allegations so far.
That said, the alleged mistress insists this affair was real.
“It was pretty simple,” White said. “It wasn't complicated. I was aware he was married. I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate relationship.”
Ginger White says she met Herman Cain in the late 90s in Louisville, Ky., when as president of the National Restaurant Association, he made a presentation.
“He made it very intriguing,” White told FOX 5. “It was fun. It was something that took me away from my humdrum life at the time. And it was exciting.”She was impressed by Cain, who in recent weeks has been accused of sexual harassment by Sharon Bialek and other women while he was head of the group.
“Very much the same, very much confident, very much sure of himself,” White said, describing the candidate. “Very arrogant in a playful sometimes way."
"Very, ah ... Herman Cain loves Herman Cain.”
White says they shared drinks afterwards and he invited her back to his hotel room. "'I'd like to see you again,'" White said Herman Cain told her at the time.
"'You are beautiful to me, I would love for us to continue this friendship.’”
Going forward, “I think it is safe to say that after this interview, that will be the end of [the relationship]," she said. "Yes, we have a friendship right now.”
Sure you do.
Herman Cain's rise in the GOP primary polls this fall briefly made him a serious contender to win the party nomination to challenge Barack Obama in 2012.
But with the deluge of such accusations about his conduct, and a perceived lack of command of issues beyond his 9-9-9 tax plan, his star may be fading.
What do you think? Will these allegations doom Cain?