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In the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against GOP presidential contender Herman Cain, the National Republican African American Caucus [NRAAC] national chair, Dr. Jean Howard-Hill says short of a primary endorsement, the NRAAC stands with Mr. Cain and encourages him to remain in the race.
Dr. Jean Howard-Hill, who also has taught American Government at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga points out, "Politics is a hard ground where even if everyone else who is judging you is also with fault, once you enter the arena, attempts will be made to find everything possible to raise the issue of guilt. It is all about discrediting your opponent in an attempt to create an advantage."
She says that although it is not meant to be about race, Mr. Cain also brings to this election and also to the Republican Party, hope that the party (at least at the grassroots level) is embracing the idea of people of color being supported for elected positions.
"We look out on the national scene and see so few to none of us. Seeing how the GOP has embraced Mr. Cain, as African American Republicans we can't help but be encouraged and inspired."
Howard-Hill says that Mr. Cain has to deal with these allegations, but should do it in such a way that it does not slow down his pace or cause supporters to question his abilities or integrity. Having his wife at his side, she believes makes a big difference and is his strongest defense.
As a female, personally she contends, "It is not within the nature of a woman to stand with her man, if she believes he has done her wrong. So if Gloria Cain can still support him and be at his side, perhaps this is an indication that the allegations may not be concerning enough to have significant impact. Whether this is true or not, remains to be seen."
The NRAAC intends to support Mr. Cain's right and need to stay in the race, until there is a more compelling reason for not doing so.
According to Nat'l Chair Howard-Hill, "even if he does not become the GOP presidential nominee, the vice presidential spot is not out of reach. Therefore, he has to stay strong and continue to contend for the number one presidential spot."