Former Lobbyist known for partying, sexual harassing, now blames Government official for reminding people about it

Cain Cites Perry for Harassment Story Leaders Want Explained

As Cain was pressed to disclose more about his past, a picture emerged of the former chief executive of Godfather’s Pizza operating in a free-wheeling, free-spending culture during his 1996-99 tenure as chief executive officer of the restaurant association.

Former employees of the association told Bloomberg News that work-related outings frequently featured heavy drinking as lobbyists entertained board members and lawmakers.

Cain was known for lavish spending, they said, racking up cell phone and travel bills that drew accountants’ attention and angered some board members. He won over employees by giving generous raises to many, said three people who worked for or with the group and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Update: The story changes once again…

Politico reported Thursday that one of the women who accused Cain of sexual harassment during his time at the National Restaurant Association received a payout of $45,000 to settle the matter and keep quiet.

Previously, the New York Times reported that a second woman received a severance of $35,000—which for her was a year’s salary.

The Politico report would seem to again put Cain’s credibility at issue. He has said the woman’s complaint is one that he recalls, but has described it as “baseless” and first said she received a negligible “termination” settlement of perhaps two or three months’ salary.

He later shifted his account, saying the amount could have been larger, up to six months.

I don’t know if shunned remembers American Beauty and/or Fight Club, but it usually takes something fairly significant to get a year’s wages as severance.

Fannie John and Freddie McCain

The lobbying firm founded and co-owned by Rick Davis, the campaign manager for Sen. John McCain‘s White House bid, received payments from Freddie Mac in recent months, despite assertions by Davis earlier this week that the firm’s work for the mortgage giant had ended three years ago.

An industry source told The Washington Post that Davis’s firm, Davis Manafort, continued to receive monthly payments in the $15,000 range from Freddie Mac until very recently, confirming an ongoing financial relationship reported last night in several other publications.

The source said Davis Manafort was paid for being on retainer to Freddie Mac but did little actual work after early 2007.

Two unidentified sources told the newspaper Roll Call yesterday that Davis Manafort is still receiving payments from the mortgage giant, one of the financial institutions at the center of the nation’s housing crisis.

McCain Aide’s Firm Was Paid Recently –

Looks like Team McCain is pretty dang close to the crisis here.  They were also alarmingly close to the Georgia/Russia crisis.

It seems the best way to see forward to the next crisis is look at who is close to McCain’s advisors.