A stock photo featured on the Women for Cain site (screenshot via HermanCain.com)As Herman Cain prepares to meet with his wife, Gloria, about the future of his presidential effort, his campaign has launched a new outreach to female voters—which lists his wife as its national chair.
Women for Cain features testimonials from female voters around the country urging Cain to stay in the race despite damaging claims that he sexually harassed four women while he was head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s and carried on a 13-year extramarital affair with an Atlanta businesswoman.
The site's banner graphic features a photo of four women giving a thumbs-up—though they aren't actually Cain supporters. It's a stock photo of "four happy woman" currently for sale via the site Shutterstock.
But the testimonials listed on the site apparently are from women supporting Cain. Many are direct messages to Gloria Cain, urging her to continue to support her husband's 2012 bid. Some take direct aim at Cain's accusers.
"Dear Mrs. Cain Don't pay attention to these pathetic husbandless women who are jealous of women like you in happy long-term marriages. These vindictive women can't find a husband or keep one," a message from Barbara Dayon of Nipomo, Calif., writes. "They are like stalkers who try to latch on to any man who shows a bit of kindness or attention to them. When these unstable women come out of the woodwork to make accusations about Herman just say, 'Honey, get a life, I believe my husband.'"
The outreach effort comes as unnamed sources tells The Daily Beast's Allison Samuels that Gloria Cain wants her husband to drop his 2012 bid:
Sources close to the campaign say Gloria Cain wants her husband to leave the race and has no desire to do additional interviews about their marriage or the constant accusations. They describe a woman angry that her life has been turned upside down by her husband's need for attention and power by any means.
"She hated doing that interview defending him on Fox but felt pressured to do it by him and the campaign,'' says a campaign worker. "She doesn't want to be forced to do that again because she knows he's had girlfriends for many years. She just looked the other way. But if he won't get out of the race, she may have to.''