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Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin says that if Herman Cain has nothing hide he should stop hiding
Andy says allegations of sexual harassment are serious; Cain must respond by authorizing the release of his full employment records at the National Restaurant Association
“We don’t need another ‘Clarence Thomas’ as our presidential candidate,” Andy suggests
Andy is a former adjunct professor of law at the
Andy says the liberal media have unwittingly been helping Cain conduct a “cover-up,” by pretending Cain left Godfather’s Pizza to enter politics, when Cain has had extensive and more relevant employment over the past fifteen years
“Sexual harassment is serious business. The allegation has been made that long after the Clarence Thomas imbroglio, Herman Cain was ‘coming on’ to women. If the accusations are true that charges were lodged against Cain and payments were made to resolve the complaints, at a minimum Cain showed extremely poor judgment which would call into question his wisdom and maturity to discharge the duties of president.
“My own team has been working on an article/investigation of Cain for some time. We have always been troubled by the strange way Cain is described by the liberal media as the ‘former president of Godfather’s Pizza,’ since Cain left that job in 1996 and has had extensive subsequent employment which was much more relevant to his presidential campaign.
“Why has Cain deliberately sought to suggest—since no dates are ever given-that Cain went from Godfather’s to politics, when he stopped along the way in Washington to become a lobbyist, and later became a de facto employee of the Koch Brothers?
“The media have been ‘aiding and abetting’ in Cain’s cover-up by introducing him repeatedly to national debate audiences as a former executive of Godfather’s, when Cain had extensive subsequent employment as a lobbyist for the National Restaurant Association and as an associate of the Koch Brothers. Why have the media reached back 15 years to describe Cain, when he has had more recent employment?
“The misleading introduction of Cain as a Godfather’s executive had us wondering, and investigating. Politico’s report appears to provide part of the answer.
“Cain has been drawing attention from his time at the National Restaurant Association because he probably moved on under strained circumstances. If true, the two ‘sex’ complaints lodged against him in his three years on one job is credible evidence of poor judgment and misconduct.
“According to the initial reporting by Politico, Cain told his staff to ‘get with Peter Kilgore.’ Kilgore then refused to discuss the matter. Did Cain waive his privacy rights by asking Kilgore to intervene? Is Kilgore acting as part of the cover-up? Cain needs to authorize immediate release of his employment files or he’s toast as a presidential candidate.
“This is no time for word games. Mr. Cain has to authorize release of his full employment files/settlement files at the National Restaurant Association.
“I would note in passing that I have been a leading--and was the founder--of a movement seeking to have President Barack Obama release his school records at various institutions. I believe in a fair and equal standard for looking into questions of fitness for public office. I believe the same duty of candor and full disclosure applies equally to Cain as to Obama. I do not practice a double standard.
“Furthermore, if any media organization wants any information about me which is protected by privacy statutes, I would like to offer to sign a FOIA/PA waiver so that any agency can release my files to the media upon request. I have nothing to hide. In my own life I have made a lot of enemies because of my anti-corruption activity. I may make more enemies by seeking the facts about Cain. But I would no more protect Cain than I would protect Obama. Or protect myself. As Justice Brandeis stated, ‘Sunlight is the best disinfectant.’
“Mr. Cain can’t ‘game’ the issues about his sexual harassment as a corporate executive by invoking the ‘liberal media.’ The liberal media are with us, and they will continue to be with us. Conservatives and Republicans have to learn to live with the media.
“In asking Cain to release his files I am doing him a favor. Let me be clear. There is no way anyone, male or female, could get to Cain’s age, or my own age, without causing some controversy. The New York Times put its chief national reporter on my tail three years ago, and the Times conducted an investigation which looked into old lies and smears in my past. So I know something about being questioned in public about my past.
“The Times found nothing as recent as Cain’s tenure at the National Restaurant Association in 1996-1999 and Jim Rutenberg was forced to rehash controversies in my life which were a third of a century old. Mr. Cain’s difficulties are much more recent. But however painful it may be for him to do so, Mr. Cain must make full disclosure and do it immediately.
“If Cain and the National Restaurant Association continue to cover-up and stonewall I will consider filing a lawsuit to open the files and to expose Mr. Cain’s hypocrisy. The ‘cover-up is always worse than the crime.’ Now where have I heard that before?” Andy asks. “If Cain won’t ‘come clean,’ he’s finished as a presidential candidate.”
Andy was a party to Docket Number 19801 at the Federal Communications Commission; that case was the precedent-setting proceeding which eventually created equal employment opportunity for women.
Republican Party Presidential Candidate Andy Martin
Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin says Herman Cain must respond to allegations of sexual harassment with release of his full employment files, not just anti-media mumbo jumbo
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