Matt Lewis

Gloria Cain recounts Herman’s persistent courtship

Matt K. Lewis Senior Contributor

As Caroline May reported, Gloria Cain appeared on Fox News’ “On The Record” Monday night to discuss allegations her husband Herman had sexually harassed former employees during his time as head of the National Restaurant Association. The interview was largely overshadowed by other news, including Cain’s own meltdown during a meeting with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

At the start of the interview, host Greta Van Susteren assured Mrs. Cain they would begin with “the painful stuff,” and then “move to the fun stuff.”

While discussing the “painful stuff” — the allegations against her husband — Mrs. Cain appeared very sympathetic. But it was during the “fun” part of the segment — where Gloria Cain talked about their courtship — that she might have inadvertently said some things which were, at best, unintentionally humorous — or at worst, unintentionally telling.

Here’s an excerpt of the transcript:

GLORIA CAIN: … So I’m interested in talking with her, and Herman is interested in talking with me. It’s, like, Why is he still talking? Why doesn’t he just go away? But he kept talking and he kept talking. It’s like, OK.

I think for the next year, he would drop by my school. If I saw him on the other side of the bridge, it’s, like, Why is he here? Why does he keep showing up? I just — he just talked all the time, and I just did not like that. So I avoided him.

VAN SUSTEREN: Did you know that he was deliberately doing this? I mean, were you clued in that he was obviously interested in you?

GLORIA CAIN: I kind of knew, but I wasn’t interested in him.

VAN SUSTEREN: At all?

GLORIA CAIN: At all. At all. But I think this went on for about a year…

Eventually, of course, Herman’s wooing worked wonders. Gloria eventually fell in love with Herman, and they have been married for many years.

It’s also safe to say that many of us would not be here were it not for persistent men. Had my father given up the first time my mom turned him down for a date, I wouldn’t be writing this.

Times have changed, and my guess is different people would interpret this story differently. Cain’s fans will probably see this as a tale of true love, while his detractors might say it just reinforces a pattern of a man who simply doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer.

Much of this is a matter of perception. One man’s “incurable romantic” is another man’s “stalker.” Either way, in lieu of recent news, this might have been a story best left untold…