Politics & Policy

Former Staffer Alleges Cain Campaign Hid Gay Adviser

 

From the Associated Press:

The alleged cover-up centers around the role of Scott Toomey, treasurer of Cain’s political action committee and senior political adviser thorugh May. [Former Cain staffer Kevin] Hall wrote that Toomey’s sexual orientation and allegations of misconduct in his role as treasurer of the Madison Pride Board, which hosted an annual parade in Wisconsin’s capital, “had become an issue” for several Cain supporters.

Madison Pride said in 2008 that its board removed Toomey as treasurer after learning bills related to its 2007 event had not been paid and discovering other “financial discrepancies” that it said Toomey had failed to report. The group apologized to its supporters, was forced to scale back its 2008 event and eventually folded.

Hall, whom spokesman Ellen Carmichael says only worked for the Cain campaign for 22 days, complained that the campaign had told him to say that Toomey was not a staffer any more. What he didn’t realize is that Toomey at the time (June) was still working for the campaign, just as an outside consultant, not a staffer. More from the AP:

Carmichael said she’s never spoken to Hall but acknowledged instructing [former Cain staffer Tina] Goff that Toomey “is no longer a staffer, which was the 100 percent truth.” She said Toomey left the campaign’s employment in May and he later did work through a consulting firm he formed. She said Toomey is no longer a Cain staffer or consultant but “his sexuality is not this campaign’s business” and not the reason for his departure.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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