Yesterday, Presidential Hopeful Herman Cain held a press conference to address the barrage of accusations of sexual harassment against him going back to his tenure as President of the National Restaurant Association.
Cain denied all of the charges against him.
Cain said that the first time he had seen accuser Sharon Bialek was during her press conference with attorney Gloria Allred yesterday, and that he didn’t remember either her or her name.
“As they got to the microphone, my first thought was, ‘I don’t even know who this woman is,’ ” said Cain. He said he could not remember Bialek from the National Restaurant Association, where he was president and CEO from 1996 to 1999, and “where she said she worked.” The NRA has confirmed that Bialek worked for the trade group from 1996 to 1997.
Asked about Karen Kraushaar, an accuser whose name was made public Tuesday, Cain called her allegations baseless. “To the best of my recollection that is the one that I recall that filed a complaint, but it was found to be baseless.” He said he doesn’t remember any of her accusations, except for making a gesture that she was the same height as his wife.
Cain said there was a “machine” trying to keep a businessman out of the White House, and said Sharon Bialek was a “troubled woman” put forward by “the Democrat machine.”
Cain said that the American people want a businessman to be president, and “a businessman by the name of Herman Cain has stepped forward. Here I am.
“As far as these accusations causing me to back off and maybe withdraw from this primary race, ain’t gonna happen, because I am doing this for the American people and for the children and the grandchildren.”
Two women filed sexual harassment complaints against Cain while he was president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association between 1996 and 1999 and received financial settlements. One of them was identified Tuesday as Karen Kraushaar, who know works as a spokesperson for the Treasury Department. Kraushaar told ABC News that she wants to do a press conference with the other accusers, though this is “not the way I wanted to get my 15 minutes of fame.”
A third woman told the Associated Press that she had considered filing a sexual harassment claim against Cain, but decided not to because a coworker had already done so.
There may just be something to Cain’s theory that the Dems are out to get him.
Karen Kraushaar, a 55-year-old former journalist who currently works for the Obama administration, was outed today [Tuesday] as one of the three women who had filed sexual harassment complaints against Cain.
Kraushaar now serves as a communications director at the Inspector General’s Office of the Treasury Department, a position she has held since 2010.
And dailymail.co.uk reports the following about the latest accuser, Gloria Allred’s client, Sharon Bielek:
A Fox News reporter confronted Ms Bialek during an interview today about living in the same building as Obama top aid David Axelrod.
She was asked: ‘One of the things is that you lived at a 505 North Lake Shore Drive apartment, right? This is the same building, it happens to be the same building David Axelrod lives in. Do you know David Axelrod? Ever have any interaction with him at all?’
David Axlerod? You mean Obama’s former Senior Adviser, who’s running his re-election campaign?
But, certainly Mr. Axlerod would not be involved in anything shady, would he?
Allow me to relate a little story to you (courtesy of americanthinker.org):
In 2004, Illinois State Senator Barack Hussein Obama decided to run for The United States Senate.
As the campaigns entered their closing rounds, the news ”happened to be” leaked to media outlets that both Hull and Ryan [his opponents] had “personal scandals” in their past. The timely release of this news wiped out both of their campaigns, leading to an easy victory for Obama in the primary and then in the general election.
The New York Times Magazine revealed that David Axelrod, Obama’s chief political and media adviser, may well have been behind the leak of the story that doomed the Hull candidacy as the primary reached its home stretch.
As he has shown over the years, Axelrod was right at home operating in this gray area, part idealist, part hired muscle. One can not bring up Axelrod’s name in certain circles in Chicago without the matter of the Blair Hull divorce papers coming up. Approaching the 2004 Senate primary, it was clear that it was a two-man race: the millionaire liberal, Hull, leading in the polls, and Obama, who was the figurehead of an impressive grass-roots campaign. One month before the vote, The Chicago Tribune “just happened” to reveal, at the end of a long profile of Hull, that during a divorce proceeding, Hull’s second wife filed for an order of protection. This revelation proceeded to erupt into a full-fledged scandal. This scandal destroyed Hull’s campaign and handed Obama an easy primary victory.
The Tribune reporter who wrote the story later admitted in print that the Obama camp had “worked aggressively behind the scenes” to push the story. However, a lot of folks in Chicago believe that Axelrod leaked the initial story. They will tell you that before signing on with Obama, Axelrod interviewed with Hull. They also point out that Obama’s TV ad campaign just happened to start at almost the same time. Axelrod swears up and down that “we had nothing to do with it” and that the campaign’s television ad schedule was in the works for a long time.
An aura grows up around you, and people assume everything emanates from you.
Is anybody else getting a strange feeling of Deja Vu? Or is it just me?