If Herman Cain’s campaign is reeling from the allegations of sexual harassment leveled against him, it wasn’t evident from the turnout the rookie politician drew at a dinner he hosted Tuesday night for Republican senators.
Eleven Republicans spent the better part of two hours breaking bread with Cain at Bobby Van’s, a steakhouse in Washington, D.C.
Republican Senate aides said all 47 GOP senators were invited by the Cain campaign. The group that joined Cain represented an interesting cross-section of the Senate – one that signaled a clear interest by Washington’s power players in the former pizza magnate.
Guests at the dinner included at least one declared supporter of Mitt Romney: Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, as well as a member of the Senate leadership, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and a former White House budget director, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.
Other Republican senators at the dinner: Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John Hoeven of North Dakota and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin
Dan Friedman contributed.