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December 01, 2011

A Proper Subject of Inquiry

A Proper Subject of Inquiry

It’s not even about the public’s right to know... I’m John Stonestreet, and this is the Point.

Herman Cain’s run for the GOP nomination seemed for a while like it was the working man’s dream come true story. But his campaign has suffered significant setbacks with accusations of impropriety. Most recently, Ginger White, an Atlanta area businesswoman claims that she and Cain shared a 13-year affair, which ended only in recent months when Cain announced his candidacy.

We don’t know at this point whether the claims by these women, or the denials by Herman Cain, are true. But what can be judged is the statement by Cain’s attorney Lin Wood what “private alleged consensual conduct between adults is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public.”

Of course it’s a proper subject of inquiry for the media and the public because this isn’t about the private conduct. It’s about marriage and whether he can honor it. How our elected officials handle their commitments -- especially those like marriage which have such significant cultural implications -- is very much our business as voters. For, I’m John Stonestreet.

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