Herman Cain, the 68-year-old businessman and broadcaster who for seven months in 2011 was a top-tier Republican presidential contender, will campaign for 13th District congressional candidate Erika Harold of Urbana.
URBANA — Herman Cain, the 68-year-old businessman and broadcaster who for seven months in 2011 was a top-tier Republican presidential contender, will campaign for 13th District congressional candidate Erika Harold of Urbana.
Cain is scheduled to appear at three events for Harold — in St. Louis, Edwardsville and Champaign — on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.
"I am honored to receive the support of Mr. Cain, a man noted for his business acumen and ability to mobilize grass-roots Republicans," said Harold, an Urbana attorney who is challenging U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, in the March 18 Republican primary election.
"Mr. Cain was able to connect with the American people by clearly communicating the common-sense, free-market principles needed to foster growth in our economy and I aspire to do the same throughout the 13th District."
Cain has served as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. He is the former CEO of the Godfather's Pizza chain.
Among Cain's three scheduled campaign stops with Harold is a fundraiser from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., C. Ticket prices for a VIP reception at 2 p.m. are $150 per person or $250 per couple. Tickets for the general reception at 3 p.m. are $35 per person or $50 per couple.
Cain also will appear with Harold at a fundraiser Jan. 31 at the Stange law firm in St. Louis and at a 9 a.m. rally Feb. 1 at the Crystal Garden event center in Edwardsville.
Cain quit the Republican presidential race in 2011 after allegations of sexual harassment and infidelity surfaced.
"I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distraction, the continued hurt caused on me and my family," Cain said at an announcement in Atlanta. He called the allegations against him false and unproven.
Cain now hosts a daily radio show that is syndicated throughout the United States, although on only two stations — in Quincy and Carbondale — in Illinois.