Pollster working for Perry-aligned PAC denies leaking Cain story after he reveals new details
The pollster who shed new light on the allegations of sexual harassment against pizza mogul Herman Cain on an Oklahoma radio station Wednesday adamantly denied that he was the source who leaked the information originally, and sources say he was in fact not even looking to make news in the interview.
Chris Wilson, a partner at Wilson Allen Perkins, the firm that is polling for the Makes Us Great Again super PAC, which supports Rick Perry, said he had witnessed one instance of the alleged sexual harassment. In an interview with KTOK, an Oklahoma radio station, Wilson said he had witnessed an incident at a restaurant in Virginia.
“This occurred at a restaurant in Crystal City [Virginia] and everybody was aware of it,” Wilson said. “It was only a matter of time because so many people were aware of what took place, so many people were aware of her situation, the fact she left — everybody knew with the campaign that this would eventually come up.”
Cain has accused the Perry campaign of being responsible for the leak, specifically accusing Curt Anderson, the campaign manager of his 2004 Senate campaign who now works for Perry.
Sources with knowledge of the situation say Wilson was not looking to break news with his comments on the radio, but rather, did not realize the specific information he provided had not already come to light.
Additionally, sources confirmed that another partner at Wilson’s polling form, Chris Perkins, is the point man for the super PAC. (RELATED: Cain campaign chief: Perry camp owes Cain, America an apology)
Wilson flat out denied that he had anything to with leaking the information.
“I had nothing to do with leaking this in any way, and I’ve never discussed or shared this story with any of my clients — period,” he said in a statement to CNN.