(CNSNews.com) – Before the sun came up on Monday, Herman Cain had not yet commented on Politico’s “exclusive” report that he sexually harassed two female employees of the National Restaurant Association, which the married Cain headed in the 1990s.
Cain briefly told a reporter on Sunday he would not comment on a report that didn’t even name the people who are accusing him.
But at least one conservative came to Cain’s defense Sunday night.
Ann Coulter, appearing on Geraldo Rivera’s "Geraldo at Large" on Fox News, described herself as “spitting mad” about “this attack on Herman Cain.”
“Liberals are terrified of Herman Cain,” Coulter said. “He is a strong, conservative black man. Look at the way they go after Allen West and Michael Steele, and they’re not even running against Obama. They (liberals) are terrified of strong, conservative black men.”
As for the substance of the attack on Cain, “What’s being alleged here isn’t even genuine harassment,” Coulter said. “Like I say, it isn’t touching, it isn’t groping; it’s ‘Ooh, he said something and we thought it was inappropriate.’”
Coulter called the Politico report an “outrageous attack on a black conservative who is doing extremely well and I think will be our vice presidential candidate.”
Cain’s spokesman J.D. Gordon, repeatedly given the opportunity to deny the Politico report, refused to do so in his Sunday night telephone interview with Geraldo.
Gordon called the Politico report a liberal smear: “This is not even a sourced allegation,” he complained.
But repeatedly pressed on whether the report is true, Gordon dodged the question every time: Is Herman Cain denying that two women were given a cash payout to hush up the allegations against him, Geraldo asked.
Gordon responded that “Mr. Cain deserves better than this.”
Geraldo tried again: “Do you deny that this ever happened?”
"You know, Geraldo, just let me tell you. This is just an example of the inside-the Beltway media attack…”
In the end, Gordon told Geraldo the question of whether two women received cash payouts to settle the harassment allegations would have to be put to the National Restaurant Association.
"Multiple sources" told Politico that the two women complained of "sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable."
The report says the women signed agreements with the National Restaurant Association “that gave them financial payouts to leave the association. The agreements also included language that bars the women from talking about their departures."