From The Grio — After weeks of anticipation Gloria Cain has finally spoken out about the “inappropriate behavior” allegations against her husband.
“I’m thinking he would have to have a split personality to do the things that were said,” says Gloria Cain in an interview with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren which aired on Fox News Monday.
Until now, Cain’s wife of 43 years has been largely hidden on campaign trail. Even when she appeared alongside her husband when he announced his candidacy in May, she did not speak publicly.
But this time, Gloria Cain has come out fighting.
“You hear the graphic allegations and we know that would have been something that’s totally disrespectful of her as a woman,” she says in her first televised interview. “And I know the type of person he is. He totally respects women.”
Political analysts say it is clear Cain’s camp is on the offensive to “soften” the impact of the allegations that he sexually harassed women when he was head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.
They say Gloria has come to the rescue to humanize Cain, persuade the public his family is behind him and get his campaign back on track.
“He hasn’t got many cards left to play,” says Jamal Simmons, a Democratic consultant based in Washington. “From what I’ve seen of the interview she seems like a big asset. For people who want to support Herman Cain, listening to Gloria Cain, may help them rationalize why they are in his camp.”
“First ladies and political wives are not the decisive factor but their presence is significant because people look at first ladies as a measure of their spouse’s character.” says Myra Gutin, a Rider University professor of communications and leading authority on American first ladies.
Still, Gutin says Mrs Cain has done too little too late.