Herman Cain gives campaign staff business titles

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Herman Cain has never held political office, but has spent most of his life in business.

So it’s fitting that the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza plans to announce that his Republican campaign for president is being set up in the mold of a business, where staff members will also have corporate titles.

For example, Linda Hansen, his deputy chief of staff, also has the title “executive vice president.” Cain, presumably, would be the chief executive officer of the campaign, one source said.

It’s an unorthodox way to operate a campaign, and Cain has always said he’s not going to run a typical campaign. It also serves to underscore his private sector background at a time of distaste for career politicians in the Tea Party era.

Cain’s campaign is based in Georgia. A spokeswoman for Cain declined to comment for this story.

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The Tea Party darling has sparked excitement with his candidacy as he becomes better known, especially through presidential debates. He joined six other Republicans onstage in New Hampshire for the CNN debate Monday.