WASHINGTON--Perhaps the most ridiculous bit to come out of the Herman Cain sexual harassment controversy was a blog report in the Washington Times that Mayor Rahm Emanuel had something to do with getting the accusations out about the GOP White House hopeful.
Emanuel was asked about the Washington Times report--which said he was involved--during an unrelated Thursday event dealing with the CTA at the 35th Street rapid transit line.
"Baseless," Emanuel replied, according to Sun-Times City Hall reporter Fran Spielman.
"Not only is the suggestion baseless and completely false, it is totally absurd," said Chris Mather, Emanuel's communications director in a statement.
Yes, it is absurd--the sourceless, dubious, groundless allegation in the Washington Times that Emanuel passed along information about Cain via rival Rick Perry.
From the Washington Times blog: "According to a source who is friends with the Cain campaign, not only is the Rick Perry campaign involved but also the Mayor of Chicago and former Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is likely involved with the sexual harassment accuser attacks. A friend of the Cain campaign believes a National Restaurant Association (NRA) employee out of the Chicago office leaked the story to the Perry campaign via information and influence from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office. "
Emanuel, President Obama's former chief of staff -as do other Democrats--do better for now by having an undamaged Cain stay in the race taking shots at rival Mitt Romney--who is seen as Obama's toughest 2012 general election competitor.
Cain's campaign is trying to divert attention from the central issues in the sexual harassment allegations--by focusing on how Politico came to break the story.