GOP Candidate Herman Cain Jousts with Critic Near Eastern Market

Cain Jousts with Critic Near Eastern Market  – Photo credit Larry Janezich

by Larry Janezich

Sunday morning, the Herman Cain Campaign came to 7th Hill Pizza for an interview and photo shoot with GQ Magazine.  Arriving about 10:45am after an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press, Cain stopped to joust with a passerby to whom he said, “the next time you give me a speech on tax policy, find out your facts.”  Coincidentally, The Washington Post’s Sunday “Fact Checker” posted a column critical of Cain’s representation of his 9-9-9 tax policy, suggesting that he distorts or elides over important facts.  Cain then posed for a picture with another member of the small crowd and excused himself, saying he had to go to an interview.   

Following the candidate inside 7th Hill Pizza where Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, was seated at one of two tables surrounded by campaign aides, your reporter was told it was a closed event and was asked to leave.

According to Wikipedia, Cain is a businessman, syndicated columnist, and radio host from Georgia. He is, as the web site notes, “the former chairman (Omaha Branch board 1989–91), deputy chairman (1992–94) and chairman (1995–96) of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.  Before his business career he worked as a mathematician in ballistics as a civilian employee of the United States Navy.  He lives in the Atlanta suburbs, where he also serves as an associate minister at Antioch Baptist Church North.”

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7 responses to “GOP Candidate Herman Cain Jousts with Critic Near Eastern Market

  1. Kathleen

    At least he knows where to get good pizza, even if he’s not great at numbers or, I guess according to WaPo, candor and truthfulness.

  2. Apparently the real test was inside 7th Hill where Cain tasted some of Anthony’s pizza. I checked some Google reviews and 7th Hill and Godfathers Pizza were both 4 out of 5 stars. (7th H would have been 5 if not for one absurd review IMHO)

    While I am completely skeptical about Godfather’s getting a four start rec, it will be interesting to see Cain’s review of Anthony’s pizza when the GQ article comes out. I guess they thought it would be fun to cover Cain from the Pizza / Capitol Hill perspective.

  3. Kathleen

    I’m not only willing to bet that Anthony’s pizza is better, I’m willing to bet that Anthony would be a better presidential candidate.

  4. What a fun slice – of tasty political life! What a scoop!

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  6. Kyle Collective

    As a long-time Capitol Hill resident, I was very pleased to see a leading presidential candidate amongst the crowd on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Although the Hill would by no means be considered the most conservative environment, it was great to see the majority of Eastern Marketers being respectful and polite to Mr. Cain. We may not all believe the same things, but that in no way should allow us to be ugly to anyone. Like his policy ideas or not, he took the time to talk/listen to the crowd and shake a few hands.

    One last thing: 9-9-9 may not be the most sound policy ever, but its an idea. A proposal. Tons of people say the system is broken, but sure as heck don’t provide a solution. At least he’s put something out there for people to chew on. And if EM’ers don’t want him around, us H Street folks would love to have him visit our little piece of heaven next time!

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