Raising Cain

Block Explains Cain's Presidential Campaign

By Maggie Schleicher

Mark Block, former chief of staff to the Herman Cain presidential campaign, addressed the sexual assault allegations made against Cain during an interview on “On the Issues with Mike Gousha,”allegations which Block called “the shoddiest piece of journalism ever.”

“He scared the hell out of a lot of people in Washington D.C., and it was time to take him out,” said Block.

“On the Issues” is a series of candidate forums and one-on-one interviews with newsmakers organized by Mike Gousha and hosted in Marquette University’s new Eckstein Hall.

Block joked about his own time in the spotlight, sparked by a 55 second video which featured him expressing support for Cain and smoking.

The video has 1.8 million views on Youtube and only cost four dollars to make according to Block.

“I was trying to get young kids to smoke.”

In October of 2011, Politico published a story wherein it reported two former Cain employees accused him of sexual harassment.

When asked by Gousha how the campaign responded to the allegations, Block said “We kept asking the reporters what do you have, what evidence do you have? They could never come up with anything.”

The Cain campaign staff then was inspired to start handing out to journalists a copy of journalism code of ethics.

“It was funny when we handed them out and nine out of ten hadn’t read it,” said Block.

An allegation of an affair also surfaced in November of last year while Cain’s campaign was slowing down.

Ginger White of Georgia went to the press with cell phone records indicating she and Cain texted.

White also claimed Cain gave her money, a claim which Cain did not deny.

Linda J. Hansen, deputy chief of strategic planning and development, was among the audience members.

Hansen said the allegation was “obviously not true” and Cain giving her money isn’t indicative of an affair.

"Cain gives a lot of money to a lot of people,” said Hansen.

Hansen also pointed to alleged discrepancies in White’s story wherein White claimed to have contacted Cain before the two had known each other.

Hansen also expressed her discontent with how the media treated Cain’s campaign legitimacy.

Hansen described reading articles calling the campaign unorganized and without a proper amount of nationwide offices, especially in Iowa.

Hansen described being in the Iowa office, surrounded by volunteers and there being “standing room only.”

”We had offices in all 50 states,” said Block.

Much of the Cain campaign staff, such as Block and Hansen have stayed with Cain to work on Cain’s “Solutions Revolutions.”

The “Solutions Revolutions” endeavor retained many familiar facets of the Cain campaign, including the economic plan “9-9-9.”

The Cain Train also recently created a website, sickofstimulus.com, which features more untraditional videos.

One of which displays a bunny being shot, the bunny being “small business under the current tax code.”

Two days ago, Youtube temporarily banded the video from being played. The sickofstimulus.com now features a poll about the event.

Block ended the talk on what’s next for Cain--a “revolution on the hill” rally to take place April in D.C.

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