Washington Worries Over Who Zapped the GOP Frontrunner, But They’re Looking in the Wrong Places

“We’ve been able to trace it back to the Perry campaign that stirred this up in order to discredit me. The fingerprints of the Rick Perry campaign are all over this, based on our sources.”

The big question among Washington hacks and flacks today is this: Who’s the tattletale?

Herman Cain blames Rick Perry’s campaign for planting the story about sexual harassment complaints against Cain when he ran the restaurant industry’s trade association.

Cain’s presidential hopes will rise or fall on the credibility of his accusers and the charges against him. Those details will continue to come out today and in the days to come – more slowly because of Cain’s decision to deflect.

But Cain & Co. need to get off defense and are now making accusations of their own. Their targets are Perry and the press, and it stands to reason. Cain has had little love for Perry, saying in September that he would not endorse the Texas governor if he were the nominee but would back Romney, as Cain did in 2008. Cain has also criticized Perry for the presence of a racial slur on a rock at a hunting camp leased by the Perry family, though he later backtracked.

Mark Block, Cain’s chief of staff, appeared on “Special Report with Bret Baier” to level the accusation that Perry adviser Curt Anderson was behind the leak to Politico’s Jonathan Martin. Block said Anderson had known about the allegations for seven years since he had worked for Cain’s unsuccessful 2004 bid for the Republican nomination for a Georgia Senate seat. Block said Cain had disclosed the existence of the charges so his campaign could be prepared to rebut them.