Republican Herman Cain’s campaign tried to conceal the fact that one of his staffers, ex-treasurer and senior political adviser Scott Toomey is gay.
The Associated Press reports:
Facing concerns from supporters in Iowa, Herman Cain’s presidential campaign tried to conceal the role of a top adviser who had been ousted as leader of a gay pride group in Wisconsin amid a financial scandal, a former staffer has alleged in legal testimony.
Cain’s former Iowa straw poll coordinator, Kevin Hall, made the allegation in a letter applying for unemployment benefits and in testimony during a hearing last week. The Associated Press obtained the letter, supporting documents he submitted and audio of the hearing from Iowa Workforce Development.
A Cain campaign lawyer did not dispute Hall’s allegations during the hearing and Administrative Law Judge Bonny Hendricksmeyer awarded benefits, ruling he resigned only after the campaign tried to get him involved in the alleged cover-up and changed the conditions of his job.
The testimony sheds some light on the campaign’s stumbles after the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza initially generated enthusiasm among conservatives. Cain finished fifth in the straw poll and seems stuck among the bottom tier of Republican candidates.
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