Four people with contemporaneous knowledge of the encounter said it had taken place in the context of a work outing during which there had been heavy drinking — a hallmark, they said, of outings with an organization that represents the hospitality industry. They spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid being publicly drawn into the dispute, and declined to provide details of the encounter, saying they did not want to violate the privacy of the woman.
Two of them said that other factors had been involved in her severance, and that other workplace issues had been making her unhappy at the association as well. But they said the encounter with Mr. Cain had added an emotional charge and contributed to the size of her payment.
“Cain’s advisers scrambled to come up with his ‘9-9-9′ tax plan simply to make him look like he had a strategy for reigniting the failing economy,” a political source close to his campaign told The ENQUIRER.
“Cain claims to have gotten the plan from a bank employee in Ohio, but it’s really from the tax code used in the SimCity video game.”