The Herman Cain sexual harassment ‘controversy’, as reported by Politico, always seemed a bit off. Now information coming together this afternoon has indirectly linked the Rick Perry campaign to this story, per The Weekly Standard:

Chris Wilson, a former pollster for the National Restaurant Association, told an Oklahoma radio station today that he witnessed incidents in which Herman Cain sexually harassed an employee at a restaurant….

Wilson clearly implies these were serious incidents of sexual harassment, claiming that if the accuser “comes out and talks about it, like I said, it’ll probably be the end of his campaign.” Wilson didn’t discuss Cain’s behavior “for legal reasons,” reports KTOK.

Ed Morrissey points out that Wilson’s firm now does work for a pro-Perry PAC, but Wilson has no “formal ties” to the Perry campaign.

But pollster Tony Fabrizio, who was Wilson’s boss at Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates at the time of the alleged incidents, was hired by the Perry campaign in October.

Additionally, Cain is accusing a former adviser from his failed 1994 Senate run who now works for Rick Perry as being the source of the story.

This all comes from the same campaign whose strategy is reportedly not adversarial to brutal tactics:

“They believe that if they can kill Romney, no one else can get the nomination but Perry. I expect that a few Perry positives will soon hit the TV airwaves, but they will just be cover for a brutal assault on Romney from the Perry campaign and his super PAC.”

“Perry won’t just go negative. He’ll make your television bleed and beg for mercy.”

If it turns out that a more direct link is made to the Perry camp, you can go ahead and add those 12 points right into the Cain bank. Otherwise, Cain’s continued lack of a coherent response will be the undoing of his campaign.

This one is a long way from over.