Herman Cain said Thursday that he was helping Ginger White with her “month-to-month bills and expenses” and that his wife did not know about the payments or the friendship with the woman, who has alleged that the two had an extramarital affair.
In an interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader, Cain — a Republican presidential hopeful — repeated his assertion that his relationship with White was platonic, despite the Atlanta businesswoman’s claim this week that she had a 13-year affair with him. Cain said White reached out to him this fall, sending him about 70 text messages from Oct. 22 through Nov. 18 asking for financial assistance.
“She was out of work and had trouble paying her bills and I had known her as a friend,” Cain told the newspaper. “She wasn’t the only friend who I had helped in these tough economic times, and so her messages to me were relating to ‘need money for rent’ or whatever the case may be. I don’t remember all the specifics.”
In an interview Thursday with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, White said she is “deeply sorry” for any pain she might have caused Cain’s wife, Gloria, or her family.
“My heart bleeds for this woman because I am a woman and being in a situation like this cannot be fun. And I am deeply, deeply sorry if I have caused any hurt to her and to his kids, to his family,” said White, a mother of two. “I never wanted to hurt anyone and I’m deeply sorry.”
Cain has been known to help friends and relatives financially, said Maurice Atkinson, a friend and founder of DraftCain.org. He said he knows of a family member of Cain’s whom the candidate is assisting with house and car payments.
Cain said his wife did not know about his relationship with or payments to White until they became public this week.
“My wife now knows,” Cain said. “My wife and I have talked about it and I have explained it to her. My wife understands that I’m a softhearted, giving person.”
We really hope good ole Gloria isn’t that gullible.