Politico has come out with a story that Herman Cain was twice accused of sexual harrassment and it's being reported that the women signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave the association. The agreements also included language that bars the women from talking about their departures. I'm not commenting on whether the allegations are true or not - it's a breaking story and stories have a way of breaking differently once the entire truth comes out. I will say that Herman's "answer" to the charges in the story could have been much better. There's a lot of hemming and hawing and "no comments" and spokepersons being ‚Äúvaguely familiar‚ÄĚ with the charges and remarks that the restaurant association‚Äôs general counsel had resolved the matter. There has, as of right now, been no outright denial from either Herman Cain or his campaign staff although they have been aware of the story for 10 days. When directly confronted by a Politico reporter on Sunday, Cain refused to answer a question about whether he had ever been accused of sexual harassment. Instead he asked the reporter: ‚ÄúHave you ever been accused of sexual harassment?‚ÄĚ Read more: Exclusive: 2 women accused Herman Cain of inappropriate behavior - Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman and Anna Palmer and Kenneth P. Vogel - POLITICO.com edited to add: I just heard on the television that Mr. Block (the cigarette toking campaign manager) has gone on record as "catagorically denying" that any sexual harrassment has ever taken place.