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The Cain File

Herman Cain’s local roots are deep. He grew up on Albert Street in southwest Atlanta and his father worked as a chauffeur for Coca-Cola CEO Robert Woodruff. Cain majored in math at Morehouse College, graduating in 1967. He earned a masters in computer science from Purdue and worked as a civilian systems analyst for the U.S. Navy.

After a stint back in Atlanta working for Coke, Cain went to Pillsbury, where he eventually became a vice president. Shifting gears, he went to Burger King, where he managed more than 400 restaurants. From there he took the job of Godfather’s Pizza CEO, leading a turnaround and buyout.

 Cain again returned to Atlanta, where he hosted a talk show on WSB Radio and served as an associate pastor at Antioch Baptist Church North. In 2004, he made a bid for the U.S. Senate, not making it past the GOP primaries. In recent years, he’s been busy running T.H.E. New Voice, Inc., a motivational speaking enterprise. In 2011 he published the memoir: This Is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House.

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Cain in the magazine

Raising Herman Cain | by Candice Dyer
October 2011

It started in 2009 with a tentative, polite email. “I asked his secretary if Herman Cain would be embarrassed if I launched a draft effort on Facebook for him to run for president,” says Maurice Atkinson, a forty-nine-year-old insurance agent in Macon. “Herman called me back immediately and started chuckling. People accused me of having a man crush on Herman, but I said, ‘No, I’m on a mission to get something going for our country.’” Read the rest

The Gingrich Dossier

Newt Gingrich represented Georgia’s Sixth District (Alpharetta, Roswell, Canton, and environs) in the U.S. Congress for two decades, first elected in 1978. He was named House speaker in 1995 after he crafted the Republican “Contract with America” policy and led a resurgence of GOP control in Congress. His time as speaker was marked by conflict with the Clinton administration including budget showdowns and impeachment hearings.

After leaving Congress, Gingrich has worked as a consultant, speaker, political advisor, and author. Historian by background, his oeuvre includes both serious political tomes (Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role of Faith in Our Nation's History) and historical fiction (Pearl Harbor: A Novel of December 8th, co-authored with William Forschten).

Gingrich married Callista Bisek, a former congressional aide with whom he’d had an affair while married to second wife, Marianna Ginther, whom he married in 1981. He married his first wife, Jackie Battley, while still in high school; she had been his geometry teacher. Gingrich graduated from Emory University in 1965 and earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Tulane in 1968 and 1971.

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