And I do not buy it.
UPDATE 4:50 11/3/11: A number of sources are already reporting that the Campaign manager for Herman Cain has accepted the explanation of Curt Anderson. Good job dialing back quickly guys.
In an interview with Forbes, Herman Cain states in clear terms he believes former aide Curt Anderson is the source of the harassment scandal leak to Politico on Sunday evening. In support of this, Mr. Cain identifies a private conversation he had with Anderson in preparation for 2004 Senate run. The following factors weigh in favor of Curt Anderson being the source. He probably knew something about the scandals and he switched sides during the Presidential race.
There are a few items that suggest it was not actually Curt Anderson
1. Curt Anderson denies the conversation took place. This denial should generally be ignored due to its self serving nature, but if he were lying there are so many better lies to concoct, than simply “I never knew.”
2. According to Politico they saw documentation describing the allegations and showing their resolution. This would have had to come from someone in possession of the documents.
3. According to Herman Cain in the Forbes article “When I sat down with my general campaign consultant Curt Anderson in a private room in our campaign offices in 2003 we discussed opposition research on me. It was a typical campaign conversation. I told him that there was only one case, one set of charges, one woman while I was at the National Restaurant Association. Those charges were baseless, but I thought he needed to know about them. I don’t recall anyone else being in the room when I told him.”
All of this makes sense if there was an opposition briefing that Anderson forgot, and the real source was someone else, a National Restaurant Association insider.
Leads from the Romney camp?
Anyone have reasonable leads somewhere else?