Herman Cain canceled a dinner with influential New Yorkers today as he admitted skeletons in his closet are causing him to reevaluate his White House bid. New York Post columnist Cindy Adams was supposed to host the event at her home Sunday for a select group of politicians and media mavens. She told NY1 about the circumstances behing the snub.
According to NY1, guest list for the aborted evening included Senator Chuck Schumer, Matt Lauer, Barbara Walters, Bill O’Reilly, Greta Van Susteren and Lesley Stahl. Ms. Adams said Ms. Van Susteren’s husband, John Coale, who is one of Mr. Cain’s advisors, called this morning informing her Mr. Cain asked to cancel the dinner “in case he drops out of the race.”
Mr. Cain’s change of plans followed the news of his latest sex scandal. Yesterday, a woman named Ginger White came forward and claimed she had a 13-year extramarital affair with Mr. Cain, who has been married to his wife, Gloria, for more than 40 years. Ms. White’s revelations came in the wake of multiple other allegations of sexual harassment made against Mr. Cain.
In a conference call this morning, Mr. Cain told senior staff and supporters he’s “reassessing” whether to stay in the race for the Republican nomination.
“When the previous two accusations, false accusations, came about, we made another assessment. The way we handled those was, we continued on with our schedule. We made an assessment about what was going to happen to our support,” Mr. Cain said. “Now, with this latest one, we have to do an assessment as to whether or not this is going to create too much of a cloud, in some people’s minds, as to whether or not they would be able to support us going forth.”