This Cain accuser is not anonymous, has specific details, and is allegedly a Republican, (who hired Gloria Allred?):
Eeeesh. Not good. Sharon Bialek’s story, compounded by the other anonymous sexual harassment stories can not be downplayed. This looks exceedingly bad for Cain.
See also: The Other McCain: GLORIA ALLRED PRESS CONFERENCE WITH NEW HERMAN CAIN ACCUSER for more commentary while I try to figure out who my next favorite “not Romney” candidate should be. How about Gingrich/Cain? Or Gingrich/Santorum? Santorum?
Michelle Malkin made mention of some pertinent biographical info re the accuser:
Allred confirms that Bialek did not notify NRA about the incident. Bialek smiled. Won’t comment when asked about the “emotional trauma” of the incident.
So Bialek is single with a teenage child, with no discernible means of income, and employing a top Democrat hit woman celebrity attorney and her employment law partner.
Corroboration?Depends on whether you trust Joel Bennett:
In an interview after Ms. Bialek’s news conference, Joel P. Bennett, a lawyer for one of Mr. Cain’s anonymous accusers, said that Ms. Bialek’s claims were “very similar” in nature to the incident that occurred between his client and Mr. Cain…
“It corroborates the claim,” Mr. Bennett said of Ms. Bialek’s allegation. Asked whether that meant that Mr. Cain had physically touched his client inappropriately, Mr. Bennett said “I can’t get more specific” but added that “I can say it is corroborating.”
Mr. Bennett also said that a woman named Sharon from Chicago left a message on his answering machine over the weekend saying that she, too, had been the subject of harassment at the hands of Mr. Cain. Mr. Bennett said he called her back to suggest that he could arrange for her to come forward confidentially, but that she said that she would think about it.
Update (Allahpundit): Cain’s odds on InTrade this morning were 6.4 percent. As of 3:15 this afternoon, they’re 2.4 percent. That’s a 64.5 percent drop.
Keith Koffler of White House Dossier who defended The Politico’s Cain reportage, last week, says: Latest Cain Accuser Was Not Sexually Harassed
I’m not an attorney, but based on the press conference she held today, the lastest woman accusing Herman Cain of misdeeds does not appear to have been sexually harassed.
She says basically that he made a move on her 14 years ago after she worked for an association affiliated with the National Restaurant Association. She didn’t notify the Restaurant Association and she didn’t file any complaints.
A travesty that will unfortunately detract from what might be other legitimate claims. It’s worth investigating who put her up to this.
The Cain camp responded: “All allegations…are false.”
Todd Starnes: Cain Blasts Media after Fourth Accuser Surfaces:
Consider: I held various executive positions in corporate America for several decades. I had thousands of employees working for me. I can’t even begin to recall how many conversations I had with people during that time, how many directives I gave, how much friendly banter might have taken place.
I also had to make tough decisions during these years. I turned around a poorly performing region for Burger King, then turned around a struggling Godfather’s Pizza organization. At some point during a career like this, someone will not like things you do, or how you do it. Someone will complain.
That is just the nature of things if you’ve ever done much in your life.
So once the editors of Politico started looking for people who would make claims against me, their chances of finding a few takers were probably about 100 percent. These people will not give their names. The so-called “witnesses” who purportedly corroborated their stories also will not give their names. That’s about what you would expect when people are engaging in a “hatchet job,” as it’s been described by Joseph Fassler, who was chairman of the National Restaurant Association board when I was there.
It’s easy to make accusations when, by virtue of your anonymity, you don’t have to be held accountable for the claims you’re making. It’s easy to publish them when, like Politico, you don’t follow basic rules of journalism by naming your sources or giving any details whatsoever about what supposedly happened.
Eh…Seems like we’re kinda changing the subject, here…what about the accuser who went on the record?
Yeah well she didn’t accuse you of friendly banter, Hoss. She accused you of pawing at her genitals.
So, it’s not a he said/she said anymore; it’s a she said/he refuses to say and changes the topic.
Maybe he should have gone to one of those “crisis management” experts.
Turns out the above statement from Cain is from yesterday. So it’s not surprising that he didn’t mention Bialek. Not so bad, then.
Last update for today, but news is trickling out about Bialek and none of it is good. I’ll be doing a new post, tomorrow morning, but in the meantime chew on this:
Kurtis says that Sharon Bialek is well known in Chicago, “has a history,” and that there is a lot more to the story. Kurtis implies that Sharon Bialek has a “track record” and may be “prone to exaggeration,” then says
let’s put Herman and Sharon in the car at the same time and the roles may have even been reversed given the track record here.”
“She was fired from her job, and her boyfriend suggested she contact Cain in hopes he could help her find employment.”.
In this particular incident she was fired for falsely accusing her boss of sexual harassment, a charge denied by co-workers, as well as being pretty much a pain in the ass to work with.
“I remember her as a time-waster, and rabble-rouser. If she didn’t get her way she cried about sexual harassment”. A former co-worker, a female no less, emailed me. “She was trouble with a capital “T”. The fact that she waited 13 years and never said a word not even during Cain’s earlier forays into politics. She only now magically appears because Cain is leading in some polls and proving a threat to Barack Obama?