Sharon Bialek of Chicago became the first woman accusing Herman Cain of sexual harassment to go public Monday, describing an alleged incident in Washington in 1997 in which the presidential contender, then the president of the National Restaurant Association stuck his hand up her skirt and tried to pull her head toward his crotch.
“I said, ‘What are you doing?’” alleged Bialek, who said she had contacted Cain for help getting a job. “You know I have a boyfriend. This isn’t what I came here for.”
According to Bialek, Cain answered, “You want a job, right?”
Bialek claims that after the incident she rejoined her boyfriend and told him that Cain had been “sexually inappropriate.” She also said she had confronted Cain recently at a Tea Party event and asked him, “Do you remember me?” and that he had confirmed that he remembered her and “he kind of looked uncomfortable.”
Cain campaign spokesman J.D. Gordon immediately responded with a statement that said, “All allegations of harassment against Mr. Cain are completely false. Mr. Cain has never harassed anyone.”
Or did she confront Cain? According to the Political Arena blog, one of the leaders of the Chicago Tea Party said he does not recognize her.
When Sharon Bialek said that he was with Herman Cain at the Chicago TEA Party event with Herman Cain I reached out to one of the key voices and leaders of the Chicago TEA Party C. Steven Tucker and he says “I did not recognize her Chuck and I was there all weekend.”
I have been reaching out to my other friends in the Chicago TEA Party and so far no one recognizes her. Gloria Allred portrayed Bialek as a TEA Party Republican. Having seen her picture Bialek is not someone who goes unnoticed easily.
Tucker comments further:
I have spoken at Tea Party events ALL OVER Chicagoland including TeaCon Midwest 2011 where Gloria Allred says her client “confronted” Herman Cain. I have never seen nor have I ever even heard of a Sharon Bialek.
However, John Nolte at Big Government cites an unnamed source who said the accuser was at TeaCon.
Jim Geraghty at NRO says he's also looking into information at the Washington Hilton to find out if her story about the upgraded suite is true.
At this point, who knows what happened. This is basically a "he said/she said" story. I'm skeptical, especially when I see that ambulance chasing, media whore Gloria Allred as her attorney, and remember well how Allred, a known feminazi liberal, has brought forward clients used to derail the campaigns of Republicans (ask Meg Whitman). From what I've seen as well, Bialek is unemployed, so I'm curious as to her motivations.
Plus, this alleged incident, and the others Cain is accused of, happened when he was CEO of the NRA. Wouldn't this have been a pattern repeated at the Fed, Godfathers, Burger King?
More as this develops.
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