Iowa Talker Alleges Herman Cain Made 'Awkward If Not Inappropriate' Comments To Female Staffers
November 2, 2011 at 6:11 PM (PT)
The controversy over Republican presidential candidate (and former COX MEDIA GROUP Talk WSB-A-WSBB/ATLANTA host) HERMAN CAIN's alleged sexual harassment incidents has embroiled another radio talker in its web, DES MOINES-based STEVE DEACE, the former local host for CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WHO-A/DES MOINES whose syndicated show for TRUTH BROADCASTING Religion KTIA-A/BOONE-AMES, IA airs on WHO in evenings.
DEACE's involvement arose when CAIN's campaign manager MARK BLOCK said at an event on TUESDAY that CAIN "has never sexually harassed anybody. Period. End of story. As the hours go by, it’s interesting that we even hear from a radio talk show host of IOWA that a receptionist thought that Mr. CAIN’s comments were inappropriate." On his FACEBOOK page MONDAY, DEACE posted that CAIN "said things to both of my female staffers that at best are professionally awkward if not inappropriate over the last several months."
POLITICO, which first reported that CAIN had allegedly been accused of sexual harassment by two (and now three) women, is reporting that DEACE, who has been critical of CAIN, is the host in question. DEACE told POLITICO in an e-mail that CAIN said "awkward/inappropriate things ... to two females on my staff."
Asked to explain what CAIN said to the staffers, DEACE responded, "Many a man has been done in by the inability to control his urges. I am no different and just as vulnerable as any other man, which is why I put safeguards around me and hold myself accountable to my wife and other men in my life. Especially since I have very talented employees that happen to be women. I go out of my way to treat them like my sisters. For example, I wouldn't tell them or any other woman I am not married to nor related to how pretty she is."
CAIN has denied the allegations.