Crisis management experts say Cain making mistakes

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November 2, 2011, 9:48 pm
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(NECN: Eileen Curran) - There's more trouble for Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. A third woman is now accusing him of sexually harassing her.

Meanwhile, Cain is making some accusations himself about just who is leaking this information to the media.
 
At a campaign stop in Alexandria, VA on Wednesday, Cain got testy with reporters trying to ask him questions about the sexual harassment allegations against him.
 
"Don't even bother asking me all of these other questions that you all are curious about. OK? Don't even bother," Cain warned reporters.
 
Three woman, former employees of the National Restaurant Association, claim Cain sexually harassed them when he led that organization in the 1990's. The latest to come forward told the Associated Press Cain made sexually suggestive remarks or gestures to her and invited her to his corporate apartment outside work.

This latest accuser did not want to be identified, but another accuser apparently wants to speak out.
 
The attorney for that woman said they have contacted the association and requested the woman be released from the confidentiality agreement she signed when she left that group.
 
"Naturally, she's been very upset about all this since the story broke last Sunday, because Mr. Cain has been giving the impression that she's someone who came out and made false allegations and that's certainly not true," Attorney Joel Bennett told CNN's Anderson Cooper.
 
Bennett described his client as married, highly intelligent, a career civil servant who doesn't go around making false claims.
 
Cain refused to comment on the woman's willingness to come forward and had this exchange with reporters:
 
Reporter: But are you concerned about the fact that these women do want to come forward?

Cain: What did I say? Excuse me, (raises voice) Excuse me!
Then he mumbled, "What part of no don't dumb people understand?"
 
Cain's presidential campaign is accusing rival Rick Perry's camp of leaking the information about the allegations to reporters at Politico, which broke the story.
 
Perry's people deny any involvement.  Cain specifically blames a Perry consultant. He said he told the consultant about the allegations back in 2004, when that same consultant was working on Cain's senate campaign.
 
Professor Chris Metzler of Georgetown University, who consults with companies on human resource matters said Cain is making a lot of big mistakes.
 
"Crisis communication 1-0-1: you've got an issue, come out with the story," said Metzler.  "He's given at least 5 or 6 shifting accounts and that's why he finds himself in the position that he finds himself in."
 
There is no word yet on whether the National Restaurant Association will release Cain's accuser from her confidentiality agreement.

different accounts to losing his cool with reporters, he isn't handling this as well as he could.

Tags: sexual harassment , Eileen Curran, Herman Cain, crisis management, Cain Harassment Allegations
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