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CLEVELAND – Herman Cain’s campaign said they canceled a planned trip to Independence on Wednesday because “Mayor Greg Kurtz ‘reneges’ on a city venue reservation and forces Cain to cancel Wednesday’s event.”

But Mayor Kurtz issued this statement around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday:

The City of Independence welcomes all visitors to the City and all its facilities, including candidates for elected office, at all levels. However, there are simple and clear procedures that City residents must follow in order to use City facilities, even for the purpose of welcoming presidential candidates, so that other functions and City resources are not disrupted. Unfortunately, people purportedly representing the Herman Cain Campaign simply refused to follow these procedures which included signing a three page rental agreement and paying a small rental fee. Had these representatives followed this simple procedure, standard City consideration would have been afforded them relative to their request.

Just a few weeks ago, Cain was at the top of the Republican field in a bid for the nomination for president.

Then came the flurry of sexual harassment allegations. In recent days, a woman has come forward saying she and the former pizza mogul carried a 13-year extramarital affair. Cain denied the woman’s claims.

“As long as my wife is behind me, and as long as my wife believes that I should stay in this race, I’m staying in this race,” said Cain.

So far, Cain has only committed to keeping his campaign schedule for the next several days, including stops in Ohio, but not in Cuyahoga County.

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Article Courtesy of WEWS NewsChannel 5

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