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Herman Cain’s Questionable Introduction at Sarasota GOP Stateman’s Dinner

By Javier Manjarres

Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain was the keynote speaker at last weekend’s Sarasota GOP Statesman Dinner, and Cain was introduced to those gathered by one of Governor Mitt Romney’s state chairs, Florida State Senator Nancy Detert.  Typical protocol at these these types of events is to have a supporter of the invited candidate do the introduction, so calling on Detert to introduce Cain was a bit suspect, as she was one of Romney’s earliest supporters.

During her introduction, Detert told the crowd that if they had been following the news lately, then they would “know more about Herman Cain than Herman Cain would want them to know about Herman Cain”- a clear reference to the sexual harassment allegations that have plagued Cain over the past month.

Several attendees at the dinner expressed their disgust with Detert’s remarks, believing that it was an orchestrated set up to take a cheap shot at Cain.  One attendee event went as far as to accuse Sarasota Republican Party Chairman Joe Gruters of putting Detert up to it, as he is now working for Detert as her 2012 state senate campaign treasurer.

While this is all speculation, several questions remain about this incident. Was Detert’s intro of Cain an opportunity to land a cheap shot at a candidate who enjoys significant name recognition and support in Florida?  Or is Detert’s introduction a sign that she may be hedging her support for Romney, and is possibly considering a defection to the Cain campaign?

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  • Beth Russell

    I can’t stand her and don’t want to see her elected again

  • Max

    The alcohol was flowing freely at this event and Nancy Detert should stay away from it. I was there and noticed an awkward moment during her speech, but couldn’t decipher what she had said. Joe Gruters is a class act and goes out of his way to be fair. I will vouch for his character and say that he would NEVER encourage any sort of disparaging remarks towards ANY Republican candidate for ANY office.

    • Javier Manjarres

      Well said


    these people have lost all their morals and respect for all. They should NOT be in charge of an even or ANY ever again… they should be FIRED

  • Bettina Ettedgui

    We need to stop support of UNCONSTITUTIONAL candidates who have different ideas than getting us back to our foundation which was NOT broken till the politicians ignored it. One man knows and will reverse the damage if we can get past his image of who we want to look pretty in office and go to his heart based on returning us to the US CONSTITUTION. It won’t matter WHO is President as our sovereignty is now at risk.
    They have sold us out w/Agenda 21 (UN takeover of USA) right here in SRQ! We must get out of the UN,
    RON PAUL will restore America. Using our miiitary to arrest citizens goes before Senate this week! We are
    heading beyond socialism to globalism. God help us. Ron Paul is not taking $400k salary but $36k average US salary, he is one of us, not part of the problem. Wake up America, our days are numbered!

    • InRussetShadows

      And Ron Paul is the most unconstitutional candidate of all, because he doesn’t give a rat’s rear end about defending America. That’s right. His foreign policy is suicide. Why don’t you ask him what he knows about Islam, and specifically about its laws? He’s bought the Islamofascist propaganda hook, line, and sinker, and so have you.

  • Steve Vernon

    Yes, I believe Nancy Detert is considering jumping on board the Cain Train. Mr Cain lit up the room with enthusiasm and inspiration. The crowd cheered and applauded Herman numerous times during his speech — proving that the people are still strongly supporting him.

  • Homo Agenda

    We need an adulterer like Cain in the “Black House”!

    • http://facebook Baby4Cain

      You mean like President Clinton in the White House?!..Unlike Clinton, Herman Cain’s are still Questionable. President Clinton was not only true, but he enjoyed him self while in the White House and there is NO Question about that! Not only was Clinton Blowing smoke up America’s you know what, He was also enjoying some of his own. Not only do I find your play on color’s of the The White House gross, I find your memory laughable and it finds you to me the butt of your own off colored joke!

    • Victor

      I agree with you. We have a hypocrite in the Black House now why would we want another dishonest criminal as our president. Its time for a real change!

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  • mary

    Nancy – that was tacky – whether you support Cain or not.

  • http://facebook Baby4Cain

    I think we should all do our homework on Ms.Detert, then we would all see that her remarks mean nothing!As the story goes Mr.Cain pulled out of it just fine and she was left with nothing but egg on her face ;)…

  • http://sharktank Norma Brown

    I never noticed anything out of the ordinary, nor did I interpret her remarks as demeaning. Let’s face it — they couldn’t get enough interested Republicans to fill up a campaign event for Cain as the star, so they had to piggy-back him on Barbour. And the only guy to blame for that is the candidate himself, who knew he had all these skeletons in his closet (and with the latest, not even a skeleton, someone alive and kicking)and he still chose to run and he still failed to act preemptively to address the issues, instead waiting for the “orchestrated campaign” against him. What else did he expect? Sorry, I like Herman — but he did us all a disservice by running despite all his baggage. No wonder his wife has been reluctant to get out there with him. Ain’t nobody to blame but the Herm.

    • Rob

      And if the socialist machine accused you, producing several victims, would we have no one to blame but you?