Still Trying to Derail the Cain Train

Herman Cain must truly have a lot of people worried. Yesterday, high-profile camera-hogging attorney Gloria Allred introduced a 4th contestant in the brand new game show, “Herman Cain Sexually Harassed Me”.

According to Contestant #4, Sharon Bialek, who appeared in a joint Press Conference with Attorney Allred, Herman Cain reached under her skirt and pushed her head toward his lap in 1997, when she sought his help in landing a job.

The alleged incident is supposed to have happened in a car as they were on their way to what she thought was an office building.  Cain was still president of the National Restaurant Association at the time.

According to Bialek, when she asked Cain what he was doing, he replied, “You want a job, right?”

Bailek says that she did not file a workplace complaint at the time because she was unemployed. Bialek concluded the presser with a plea: “I want you, Mr Cain, to come clean… just admit what you did, admit you were inappropriate to people.”

The Cain Camp replied that he never sexually harassed anyone.

Who is this woman?  Well, besides the fact that she looks like Stifler’s Mom in the American Pie Movies, we’ve been able to ascertain this much:

The Chicago-area woman has an extensive corporate and personal history in the area going back to the early 1990s.

It was her hope for a new job that Bialek says brought her to Herman Cain that day in 1997. Bialek’s resume and a trail of public records indicates that changing jobs has been a regular occurrence for the Chicagoan. She has worked for at least nine different employers over the past 17 years and appears to have struggled financially.

The public record on Bialek begins in 1991 when she filed personal bankruptcy for the first time while living in Des Plaines.

Between 1993 and 1996 Bialek worked for four different companies in promotion and marketing positions.

In 1996, and part of 1997, Bialek was at the National Restaurant Association. After being let go from that job in mid-1997, she says that she went to Washington, D.C., to meet with Cain, president of the association, because she needed a job.

In 1999, Bialek’s son Nicholas was born and a paternity lawsuit was filed by the father, a media executive.

In 2001 came Bialek’s second personal bankruptcy, filed after sizable legal bills. That year she was hired by WGN radio where she worked until 2004 when she took a marketing job and then a job at WCKG radio.

Along the way, according to her attorney, Bialek also held positions with Revlon and Easter Seals.

Bialek currently lives in Mundelein with fiance Mark Harwood.

“She’s of the same political persuasion as Herman Cain,” Harwood said. “There was no money on the table to go and have an interview. This is truly about an American girl who’s got a big heart and wants to do the right thing.”

Yeah.  14 years later…

Well…how about Gloria Allred?  I’m sure that this respected member of the legal profession has nothing but the warm glow of altruism guiding her…Yeah, right.

She has achieved notoriety and name recognition through staged press conferences and demonstrations publicizing and dramatizing the cause she is championing at the time. She also accepts controversial cases that naturally attract media attention. During her years in practice, she has successfully sued Los Angeles County to stop the practice of shackling and chaining pregnant inmates during labor and delivery; put a halt on the city of El Segundo’s quizzing job applicants about their sexual histories (Thorne v. City of El Segundo, 802 F.2d 1131 [9th Cir. 1986]); represented a client who was turned down for a job as a police officer after a six-hour lie detector exam that included questions about her sex life; and sued a dry cleaning establishment for discrimination because it charged more to launder women’s shirts than men’s. She also successfully sued on behalf of two lesbians who had been denied entrance to the “romance booth” at a Los Angeles restaurant (Rolon v. Kulwitsky, 153 Cal. App. 3d 289, 200 Cal. Rptr. 217 [Cal. App. 2 Dist. 1984]). The owner of the restaurant vowed to close the booth if Allred’s clients won. They did, and he made good on his promise.

Allred relishes confrontation, and her showy tactics have earned her both praise and criticism. Defending what many have called self-promoting publicity stunts, Allred says she is aware of the impression she makes, and contends that it is exactly the effect she wants.

…Asked whether she is an activist or a lawyer, Allred replied that she is an “activist lawyer.”

And she never met a camera she didn’t like.

The remarkable thing about this obviously staged “Bimbo Eruption” against Herman Cain, is that it’s not having the effect that whoever is pulling the strings wanted it to.  Gallup announced yesterday that:

Herman Cain now ties Mitt Romney as the leader for the GOP presidential nomination in USA Today/Gallup polling on Republican preferences conducted Nov. 2-6. Each receives 21% support from Republicans nationwide. Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry follow, with 12% and 11% support, respectively.

Additionally…

Fifty-three percent of Republicans are inclined to believe that the charges are not true, with most of these hedging their bets by saying the charges are “probably not true” rather than “definitely not true.” A little more than a third (35%) say the charges are probably or definitely true — again, with most of these in the probable rather than the definite category.

Republicans with an opinion are inclined to say Cain has done a good job (45%) rather than a bad job (36%) of handing the charges, although almost one in five don’t have an opinion.

About half of Republicans are following the news stories about the sexual harassment allegations against Cain very or somewhat closely. This level of attention is lower than the average attention all Americans have paid to news stories Gallup has tracked over the last several decades. The group following the news very or somewhat closely is about as likely to believe the charges against Cain are true as are all Republicans more broadly. At the same time, this group is slightly more likely to be critical of Cain’s response, with 47% saying Cain is doing a good job and 48% a bad job of responding.

Perhaps Americans are smarter than whoever’s behind this debacle thought we were.

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14 Responses to Still Trying to Derail the Cain Train

  1. Dana Pearson says:

    Bialek should be admired for having the courage to expose Cain’s shenanigans — knowing that the right-wing media would drag her through the mud the same way the left-wing media dragged Gennifer Flowers, Paula Jones and Katherine Wiley and other Clinton accusers through the mud.

    What was Cain thinking when he had dinner and drinks with a recently fired female employee? If he wanted to help her in a job search, there would have been more appropriate ways to do this. Ladies, if your husband does this sort of thing, be wary.

    Bialek does have a checkered history. Who doesn’t? I wouldn’t elect her for President. She probably had a weak resume, limited abilities and a peppy personality — a prime candidate for sexual harrasment. If she had fellated Cain before she was fired, maybe she would be running the Restaurant Association by now.

    Only Bialek, Cain and God know exactly what happened. But given all the other accusations pointing to a Cain pattern of behavior, I have to believe Bialek.

    Unfortunately, stories like these are not uncommon in government, non-profit sector and even private sector corporate bureaucracies. While most people still get ahead through hard work and talent, there are plenty of empty suits exploit positions that they do not deserve for personal gratification and gain. Those who “suck up” to them, get advanced and perpetuate the sordid cyle.

    • HeleneH says:

      Dana, why do you assume any of Ms. Bialek’s story is true?

      You must have had a really hard time in the work place.

      • Dana Pearson says:

        Well, for starters, she seems to have a much better memory than Cain. A better question would be, “why assume anything Cain says is true?”

        If somebody actually had videotape of Cain behaving in this way, then what? Would you still support him? “Oh, it happened so long ago. Oh, everybody lies about sexual harrasment.” Cain is an embarrasment to the Republican party. He is costing us precious time, in confronting Obama and even Romney on their records.

        • HeleneH says:

          I am surprised you don’t already know this Dana, in this country one is innocent until proven guilty.

          Another point I must make is neither you nor I have all the facts. We do not know if anything happened. We must base our opinion on the knowledge we have of the situation & we perceive this information according to our own experiences.

          You may not be aware of this Dana, but individuals have been falsely accused of sexual harassment. Another point you may not be aware of of is that it is much more difficult to prove something didn’t happen than it is to prove that it did.
          At this point I have not seen proof of sexual harassment.

          • Dana Pearson says:

            I wouldn’t throw Cain in jail. He is innocent until proven guilty — but I don’t have to vote for him for President just because we don’t yet have physical evidence that he met with Ms. Bialek. I think Cain is saying he never even met with Bialek — period. Or he does not remember. If he did meet with her, his memory is not good enough to be President.

            Can we assume that if we find hotel, credit card, restuarant or air fare receipts that Bialek did in fact travel to DC back in ’99 — that that gives her yet another point towards proving her veracity.

            Most sexual harassers don’t do their harassing in public — that would kind of defeat their purpose. I don’t see how it would benefit four women to just make up these stories. Now I have never understood the minds of women, so if their minds work differently, perhaps all four would make up these stories — but I can tell you this, I don’t think many men would make up such a story — nothing to gain, and much to lose in terms of having your name dragged through the mud. I can also tell you, being a man, that some men (a minority) would act the way Bialek and Krashauer claim that Cain acted.

            Also a pollster claimed to be an eyewitness of a fifth woman. And a conservative radio DJ claimed Cain made inappropriate comments to females in his studio during a radio interview. No, I don’t think we should throw Cain in jail for sexually assaulting Ms. Bialek, but I do think he has a problem.

            Have you ever heard of DABDA? They are the famed Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s stages of grief one goes through upon a loss — denial, anger, bargaining, depression and then acceptance.

            Most Cain supporters are still in denial, but some seem to be moving on to anger or bargaining.

  2. Barb says:

    Well, I saw a sincere, honest man. I will stand by him and support him. We all know what is happening here, and why.

    • TP109 says:

      Me too. Some people will assume guilt when it’s a sexual harassment charge against a man. They can never imagine that a woman would concoct such a story. Just shows they have not been in the real world where false charges are not that rare.

  3. Jim says:

    Just like the false claims of racism directed at the Tea Party (still never proven!), the liberal media will undoubtedly refer to Herman Cain as a womanizer going forward, even as facts come out that cast serious doubt on the accusers. Total bullsh–! This was likely the objective all along.

  4. HeleneH says:

    Dana, I am very familiar with Dr. Kubler-Ross’ book “On Death & Dying” which is where she introduced the 5 stages of dealing with death. I reject your comparison here. In addition it appears that it is you who is angry.

  5. Cranky ole Patriot says:

    Oh let’s say something bad about someone, anonymously of course! And let’s not have any details on those bad things released. And now let’s get another opportunist to come along with a story that cannot be verified and Dana will believe it. Of course he’s not guilty enough to be thrown in jail but Cain supporters just might be caught in a problematic process of dealing with a loss! Are you serious? Please Dana don’t accuse Cain’s supporters of anything other than asking for something akin to substantiated facts.

    Well, for starters, she seems to have a much better memory than Cain. A better question would be, “why assume anything Cain says is true?”

    If somebody actually had videotape of Cain behaving in this way, then what? Would you still support him? “Oh, it happened so long ago. Oh, everybody lies about sexual harrasment.” Cain is an embarrasment to the Republican party. He is costing us precious time, in confronting Obama and even Romney on their records.

    A better memory??? If I just made up a story and rehearsed it repeatedly I might appear to have a better memory. No proof! No contest!

    No concern about the accused being truthful!

    Is this how you honestly believe most of the people on this site would respond to fact based allegations, or how you would respond if you supported Cain? I don’t have to ask that question, I can anticipate what you would say. But then again I guess I don’t have to. Please explain your finding of Cain’s embarrassment to any party!

    You might want to take a look at the press when you consider it important to confront issues of Obama’s failed Presidency or Romney’s generally weak Republican bona fides, or the condition of the country economically. Always watch what one hand is doing when they are entertaining you with the other.

    We should stand in steadfast defense of ALL of our Republican Candidates in the face of Baseless assertions and media hype!

    • Dana Pearson says:

      Joe Paterno is innocent until proven guilty. He will probably never be charged with any crime. Yet the Penn State Board of Trustees fired him. They did the right thing. Paterno is no longer a good face to put on the Penn State brand. The ends (winning a lot of football games) does not justify the means (using a coach with an unproved ethical cloud over his head).

      HC is innocent until proven guilty. He will probably never be charged with any crime. Yet, probably, the voters (if they have half the decency of the Penn State Board of Trustes) will not elect him President. That will be the right thing. HC would do for the image of the Presidency what Bill Clinton did for it. The ends (a Quixotic attempt to simplify the tax code, and creating mounds of uncertainty while attempting to herd 500+ elected congressmen, congresswomen and senators into going along with it, while instituting a 9% national sales tax) doesn’t justify the means (electing a DC lobbyist who supported the TARP bank bailout with no for profit business experience since about six-years before the invention of text messaging and who settled or “agreed” to pay two claims of sexual harassment, and who has claims of something approaching sexual assault coming from a “named” alleged victim).

  6. Cranky ole Patriot says:

    Dana,

    Are you awake? Joe Paterno was hip deep in the protection of this coach as were others. He was rightly dismissed because of this involvement and his failure to report a crime. The ethical cloud hanging over his head is chock full of facts. Again with reckless abandon and no indication of an attempt to verify that any facts existed, you have passed judgement.

    The rest of your misguided diatribe is unworthy of any response, with the exception of

    and who settled or “agreed” to pay two claims of sexual harassment, and who has claims of something approaching sexual assault coming from a “named” alleged victim).

    I guess you missed HC recusing himself from the issue, the settlement and the agreement to pay. Again you miss and /or ignore the FACTS.

  7. Dana Pearson says:

    OK, the association that HC was supposedly leading “agreed to agreements that involved paying money to two alleged victims” regarding sexual harassment allegations against Cain. I’d like HC to ask the association he led release that agreement. After all, we usually ask our Presidential candidates for their tax returns and medical records. Of course I won’t be holding my breath waiting for HC to be transparent with regard to the agreement and the “findings” by some anonymous entity that the claims were “baseless”.

  8. Cranky ole Patriot says:

    Ok Dana, I think he should as well.

    He has nothing to lose and everything to gain.