Between the sleeper cell network known as "Bravo" and alleged would-be assassins deluded enough to believe Jesus Christ would return to Earth as a dirtbag from Idaho, the Secret Service has its hands full. Now comes a new responsibility for the agency, as it embarks on its first ever protective detail of a nationwide book tour…
Presidential candidate Herman Cain will receive protection from the United States Secret Service, the agency confirms to CNN.
Cain will be the first candidate in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in the 2012 election cycle to be placed under the protection of this federal law enforcement agency.
It is not yet clear why Cain is getting Secret Service protection.
A spokesman for the Secret Service refused to say whether there were specific threats against Cain, but a series of incidents at recent campaign events may be responsible for the increased security. On Tuesday, a bodyguard for the Cain campaign shoved a Washington Post reporter covering the candidate in Iowa. On Wednesday, the campaign was forced to apologize after a Florida police officer, claiming to provide security for the campaign, served and protected another journalist straight into the ground…
As the journalists trailed Cain, the officer, who was in plain clothes, blindsided National Journal/CBS News reporter Lindsey Boerma into the side of the campaign bus. Moments later, as journalists circled around the bus toward Cain, the same man stuck his arm out and clotheslined Boerma.
Perhaps none of this would have happened if only Cain had kept the likes of Kristian Herzog, convicted felon and petty thug, as part of his entourage. As it stands, the feds had to take action, and though reporters and ordinary voters may never be safe from the Herminator's pizza, we may finally be safe from his campaign.
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