Notice to Herman Cain: Gloria Allred is in the house.
Less than two weeks after we were assured that there was no story here, we find Herman Cain charged with sexual harassment by not one two, or three women, but four women.
The fourth woman, Sharon Bialek, came forward today in a press conference with serious allegations of sexual harassment bordering on sexual assault (Herman Cain is where the “she can’t take a joke” meme should go to die). Gloria Allred, serving as Ms. Bialek’s attorney, flashed two signed affidavits from witnesses, and said that if the allegations from the other women are true, she is, “disgusted by Cain’s serial sexual harassment.”
Watch the video here:
ABC News reported:
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 looked uncomfortable.
Uncomfortable? Surely you jest. Well, at least now we know why Cain said he couldn’t respond to the initial allegations; it seems that there have been so many allegations made that Cain wasn’t sure which women had come forward.
The National Restaurant Association settled two of the claims against Cain. This fact alone should be a huge alarm bell, suggesting that the evidence indicated that the odds were against them if they went to court. Of these claims, Cain initially said they sounded “vaguely familiar.” He also said he needed more details and facts before he commented. Now we know why he wasn’t so clear; it wasn’t that he was dodging the question, it’s that he didn’t know which women were being referred to, as in addition to those two claims, we now have, in the space of about two weeks, two other women surfacing with the same allegations about the Republican favorite.
But once again, the Republicans are so desperate that they are ignoring the flashing neon signs of danger and instead living happily in denial and spin land. Cain keeps telling reporters, “End of story. We’re getting back on message, okay?”
Cain has glowered at reporters, playing the role of victim, demanding, “Have you ever been accused, sir, in your life of harassment by a woman?” Naturally, I’m swayed by the women can’t be trusted and the boys should stick together narrative; however, I can’t seem to make the math work. After all, even if a man has been charged once with sexual harassment he didn’t commit, odds are very slim that he would be charged four times without having done something to provoke the allegations. Odds are even slimmer that a business association would settle the charges financially, unless they felt it was the smartest financial option for them — and the only reason they would think that is if the evidence was compelling.
Republicans think they can create the message and that the public will buy their spin each time. They believe that if they repeat a lie often enough, it will be believed. They seem to still be operating under the delusion that just because they don’t want to vet their candidates, we won’t.
Apparently the name Sarah Palin is not serving as the warning it should.
In less than two weeks, we have four charges of sexual harassment, two of which were settled by the NRA and at least one of which involves demanding sexual gratification and initiating an unwanted sexual physical contact for a job. To put this in perspective, I know a poverty stricken young boy (under the age of 18 and with a diagnosed mental illness) who was charged with sexual assault for touching a woman’s breasts at a bus stop.
The Republicans are betting that this story will just go away, but with this latest victim willing to come forward and tell her story publicly, this story could explode shortly. In fact, an attorney for one of the other alleged victims said today that Ms Bialek’s story sounded very similar to his anonymous client’s experience with Mr. Cain.
That creaking noise you just heard is the opening of the sexual harassment flood gates against Mr. 9-9-9.
The most disturbing aspect of the manner in which Herman Cain and the Republicans have dealt with these allegations is their modus operandi of denial, smearing the victims and diminishing the seriousness of sexual harassment, while at the same time completely ignoring the one question everyone should be asking:
What do these allegations and the manner in which Cain has dealt with them suggest about Herman Cain’s character? Is he Presidential material?
It’s obvious that Cain has not been honest with the voters from day one about his actions, as he has denied any culpability whatsoever and his story changes more than Mitt Romney’s stance on the auto industry. And what did we all learn in the 90’s? Supposedly, it’s the lie that the Republican Family Values voters care about.
Or rather, that’s what they said when it was a Democrat. We have to wonder what Republicans really stand for, how they define “family values”, and lastly, is moral relativism really a value system?
I would like to be the first to invite the Republicans in on our little joke. See, it’s not that we women can’t take a joke; it’s that we won’t vote for a joke. And that was before we learned how Mr. Cain views women who make allegations of sexual harassment, let alone women who work for him and are allegedly subjected to his power trips meant to assuage his weak ego. I personally could never vote for a man who so lacks diplomacy and charm that he has to try to force a woman’s head down to his genitals.
Mr Cain had best prepare himself; a courageous woman came forward today and it appears that this story has only just begun, because she came armed with facts, evidence, and Gloria.
The sun is setting on Herman Cain’s presidential fantasy.