The smoking cellphone
Regarding the claim by Ginger White of Atlanta that Herman Cain had a 13 year long affair with her, the New York Times reports:
The station said that Ms. White produced cellphone bills that included 61 phone calls or text messages to and from a number she said was for Mr. Cain’s private cellphone. When the station sent a text message to the number, Mr. Cain called back and acknowledged knowing Ms. White.If a woman who is not a professional colleague of a man has 61 phone calls or text messages to and from his number (according to Fox News in Atlanta, the 61 calls/messages took place over a period of four months), they have a personal relationship. If the woman says that they have been in a years’ long affair, the odds become very high that she is telling the truth.
Cain told his campaign staff in a conference call today that he is “reassessing” whether to continue forward with his campaign. The Times quotes a Republican supporter of Cain saying, “There is no realistic path forward.”
Robert Costa of National Review, who was in on Cain’s conference call, is the source of the story. Costa writes:
“Obviously, you’re all aware of this recent firestorm that hit the news yesterday,” Cain began, his voice somber. “First thing I want to do is say to you what I have said publicly: I deny those charges, unequivocally. Secondly, I have known this lady for a number of years. And thirdly, I have been attempting to help her financially because she was out of work and destitute, desperate. So, thinking that she was a friend—and I have helped many friends—I now know that she wasn’t the friend that I thought she was. But it was a just a friendship relationship.”None of us landed on planet earth yesterday. What would you say are the odds that a married man who had 61 phone calls or text messages with a woman not his wife over a period of four months only had a “friendship” with the woman and was trying to help her financially because she was “destitute”? One out of a million? One out of ten million? Also, if he was only trying to help her financially, he would have just sent her some money. There wouldn’t have been a need for 61 calls.
I defended Cain from the sex harassment charges because in each case there was nothing there. But there’s something here.
There’s more on the conference call at National Review.
Fox News in Atlanta has the exclusive interview with Ginger White which broke this story open. She says she came forward because a friend of hers without her knowledge had told the media about the affair, the media was on the hunt for the story, she realized it was going to be revealed, and she wanted to do it on her terms.