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Cain Denies Harassment Claim, Says Withdrawing From Race 'Ain't Gonna Happen'

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Republican presidential contender Herman Cain addresses an audience at AEI(American Enterprise Institute) for Public Policy Research on October 31, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Getty)

Herman Cain said he has no memory of Sharon Bialek, the woman who he allegedly groped while head of the National Restaurant Association.

Bialek is the first woman to come out publicly with her claim of sexual harassment by the GOP Presidential forerunner.  A number of other women have filed anonymous complaints.

“I don’t even know who this lady is,” Cain told ABC News.

But he's learning fast. Cain's campaign staff have unleashed a torrent of unsavory information about Bialek, writing that she has a “long and troubled” financial history including two rounds of personal bankruptcy in an email titled, "Who is Sharon Bialek?" The details about Ms. Bialek are intended to undermine her claims against Cain.

It's somewhat of a "she said/he said" scenario. Two affidavits were filed from unnamed friends of Bialek's who say she told them about the incident with Cain when it  allegedly occurred in 1997. Cain's campaign says she's making up the story and is trying to profit financially from it.

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Comments [5]

Harrison Bergeron from NYC

Jack,

The point of my original post is that when these issues arise during political campaigns, the motivation is not morality but politics.

To elaborate on your point:

My recollection of the Democratic party debates for the 1992 presidential campaign, (before Bill Clinton won the nomination), was that there were allegations and some evidence of his having had taken advantage of women who were at weak times in their lives, (they needed the job) -- as well as some cheating on his wife with willing partners -- during the time that he was governor of Arkansas. I recall that some of his Arkansas state trooper bodyguards acknowledged the stories. These issues were raised by fellow Democrats during the Democratic party campaign process. (The Republican party was already mostly aligned behind G. H. W. Bush).

The impeachment that you refer to was about lying under oath. The lies partially involved a consensual sexual affair that President Bill Clinton had apparently had with a young woman who was working in the White House at the time. I don't know whether this perjury rises to the level of impeachment, and I suspect that the impeachment was largely politically motivated.

The matter of cheating on his wife is a private matter for him to settle with his wife, and for him to explain to his then teenage daughter why he has such disrespect for her mother and perhaps what she can expect from her own husband in the future. But again that is a private affair and not a matter of public concern.

Anyway, we love a good sex scandal, don't we? The main difference between Herman Cain now and Governor Bill Clinton then, is that Clinton was a much smoother talker.

To repeat, my point is that these are purely politically motivated discussions. Ethics is not the real issue.

Regards,
Harrison

Disclosure:
I count myself to be slightly right-of-center.
In my lifetime I think that:
Jimmy Carter was the best man we've had as president;
Bill Clinton was the worst;
I don't understand why people love Ronald Reagan.

Nov. 10 2011 08:09 PM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

@Harrison....

1992? What happened then?

An impeachment trial is a consequence. That an acquittal was the result does not mean that Clinton's behavior did not matter. Also, the importance of an allegation of prior acts during a campaign are far different from behavior while in office.
I think you are being dishonest if you truly do not see the difference.

Nov. 10 2011 10:59 AM
Harrison Bergeron from NYC

Either sexual misconduct matters -- for Bill Clinton and everybody else, or it does not matter -- for Bill Clinton or anybody else.

I thought we settled this back in 1992.

Nov. 08 2011 10:22 PM
Marjorie

Where there's smoke there's fire. Can't we do better than this in finding real and effective candidates?

Nov. 08 2011 07:22 PM
magyart

It's a scam by the NRA, that opposes Cains immigration enforcement olatform

Nov. 08 2011 06:51 PM

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