Herman Cain on Thursday became the first Republican presidential candidate to receive Secret Service protection. Cain asked for the security and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and congressional leaders approved his request Thursday, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan confirmed.
As stated above Mr. Cain had to formally request and be approved for services this early in the campaign. Campaign sources are stating the request came as the result of “threats” made against the candidate. Spokesmen for the USSS would neither confirm or deny these statements.
While it stands to reason that having the current Republican front runner be an African American might certainly inflame hostile fringe elements, prior to the request being approved Mr. Cain had been suffering from a series of bad press regarding his bodyguards see HERE and HERE. This has caused some to wonder if eliminating this negative attention and the potential errors a less-than-effective protection detail could provide played any part in the early request.
From a security perspective Herman Cain now has what many (including myself) would call the best protection team in the world watching his back and can now get back to campaigning.