Cain considering lawsuit against Politico for publishing harassment story

Chris Moody
Political Reporter
The Ticket

Herman Cain's presidential campaign team is considering  filing a lawsuit against the website and newspaper Politico, which published a story this week about sexual harassment complaints lodged against Cain while he was president of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

During a Fox News interview, campaign manager Mark Block confirmed a report in the Washington Post that the campaign may try to sue the media company.

"It is being discussed," Block said on Fox News Channel's America's Newsroom Friday morning when asked if Cain's team was considering legal action. "End of story."

"The media this week has been a cesspool," Block went on to say, "and we're not going to swim in that cesspool any longer."

Historically, public figures don't have a strong track record of beating news outlets in court. Cain's team would be required to prove that Politico's editorial hands knew the accusations in the report were false and that they published the material with intentional malice.