"My understanding is a present or former board member of the National Restaurant Association leaked the story to Politico." That is what the accuser's attorney Joel Bennett told the panel on AC360.
The question is, who can the source of the story be?
Northern Virginia Lawyer found some interesting details.
Based on a suggestion from a local blogger to look into political donors on the Board of Directors of the National Restaurant Association for potential ties to presidential campaigns, I have attempted to identify anyone privy to inside information about the National Restaurant Association who also has recent ties to any presidential campaign.
According to the October 2011 FEC report for ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT INC. a gentlemen named Steven C. Anderson gave $1,000.00 on July 14, 2011. FEC search function here.
Steven C. Anderson is the same gentlemen who took over the helm as Chief Executive Officer at the National Restaurant Association (after a brief intermission) upon Herman Cain's departure in 1999. As CEO it is highly likely he would have been privy to details of litigation and threats about litigation from the immediately previous tenure of Herman Cain.
There is little more than a coincidence between the support for Mitt Romney and the likelihood that Mr. Anderson knows the background of the sexual harassment threats. Nonetheless, watchers of this scandal endlessly pontificate about whether President Obama or a rival campaign is the driving force behind the bombshell story that appeared in the Politico on Sunday.
Reporters should follow-up with Mr. Anderson to discern his knowledge. At the least he likely knows the short list of people with inside knowledge about the sexual harassment allegations.
Is it possible that this person, Mr. Anderson, knew this information and passed it along to Politico? Was there any coordination and or contact with the Romney camp?
It's pure speculation right now, but one wonders. Because it doesn't make sense that the Democrats and Obama would release a bombshell like this during a primary. If a GOP opponent were to release this information, it would have to be someone who could benefit from taking Mr. Cain out of contention with some scandal, smear or innuendo.
Who would benefit most from Cain's downfall? Mitt Romney.
I don't put it past him to do some gutter crap like this. Remember in 2008.
Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers, some of whom are currently working for Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin's bid for the White House, have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election. "Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won't be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012," says one former Romney aide, now working for McCain-Palin. "The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney. He's in charge on November 5th."
Romney clearly thinks the nomination should be his, and based on these leaks on Palin in 2008, it appears he's the type willing to do anything to take any threat to his securing the nomination out.