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We have enjoyed (?) the Herman Cain show, we guess, as much as anything can be “enjoyed” in American Presidential Campaign Politics. But now it’s over, as the funny Republican game of “let’s elevate some wildly unqualified black guy until the dirt we already knew about goes public” reaches its usual conclusion. From the Los Angeles Times late Sunday night:

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is denying allegations that he had been accused of sexual harassment when he was head of the National Restaurant Assn.

The allegations were revealed Sunday night in a report by Politico. Cain had refused to comment on the charges when approached by Politico earlier in the day.

Politico! How did the Mitt Romney fan newsletter come up with such a Hawt Story, we wonder? And what did Herman allegedly do, anyway?

During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO.

The women complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable, the sources said, and they signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave the association. The agreements also included language that bars the women from talking about their departures.

This is the kind of Awful Old Man Executive behavior that would’ve probably ruined Arnold Schwarzenegger’s chances to become a terrible governor in California, had Arnold been black. [Politico/LAT]

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