Cain’s Campaign Manager Lies To Hannity; Time For Cain To Pack It In

Can we trust this man? I don’t think so:

Herman Cain campaign manager Mark Block, in an appearance with Sean Hannity on Fox News just now, insisted that a relative of the second woman to publicly accuse the candidate of sexual harassment in the 1990s works at POLITICO.

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Block appeared to be referring to former POLITICO reporter Josh Kraushaar, who left for another outlet, National Journal, in 2010.

Josh Kraushaar tweeted earlier in the day, apparently after getting questions, that he’s in fact not related to Karen Kraushaar, and simply has the same last name.

Had Herman Cain asked any crisis communications professional for advice, it would have been to come clean. Immediately. Put the story behind him. [Reminder: Exxon Valdez.]

But we all know that this was not his modus operandi then. And his plan is to continue to lie about his accusers?

Look. I don’t want to know if a guy or gal is having an affair (consensual) unless there is tax dollars involved. That’s a matter for the the politician and spouse to work out.

But sexual harassment? That’s a different kettle of fish. And it’s one where a lot of social disdain is heaped upon the accuser. Doubt me? Read this diatribe from Andrea Peyser at the NY Post. Gack.

No idea (or opinion) on whether Sharon Bialek is for real.

But Karen Kraushaa, who received payments from the National Restaurant Association is for real, because “baseless” charges aren’t countered with payoffs.

The man’s 9-9-9 tax proposal is out in left field, and that’s where he should be, too.

Update: more from Irin Carmon at Salon, who shared this from William J. Bennett, the Republican U.S. secretary of education from 1985 to 1988.

Four women are not an insignificant number. One or two anonymous charges, perhaps. Three anonymous charges (where, as I understand the story, Cain knows of at least two of the women) plus one woman who went very public and opened herself up to all manner of investigation are a lot. It is no longer insignificant. Neither is it insignificant that the Cain campaign discounted the charges in the initial stories, saying they were based on anonymous sources, only to make a mockery by blaming other campaigns with less substantiation than the original stories.

If Herman Cain wants to be taken seriously as a public advocate for anything, never mind running for the chief executive and commander in chief of the most powerful and important and blessed country in the world, he needs to give a full press conference dedicated exclusively to this issue and these allegations.

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If Herman Cain cannot stand up to these charges, if he refuses to, then he should step out of the race. A man big enough to run for president should be big enough to have a full and candid press conference on all of this — he wants us to elect him president after all, he’s asking us to trust our lives and the country’s life to him.

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  • http://www.americaincontext.com Barky

    Good God, TMV contributors, enough with the Cain stories!! We have a major court ruling on Obamacare, an evolving European debt crisis, and the major vote in Mississippi, yet the Cain farfle trumps all of that??

    No, it does not.

    (Kathy, you are one of the best contributors on this site, please take note & reel us back in).

  • Allen

    Not a lie. Easy mistake to make. You are awfully quick to judge.

    Kraushaar can easily be a liar. She has brought no facts forward and I suspect has never had any facts to begin with. Women whom are paid off after false allegation just to get free payday does happen in this country and I suspect it happens more in Washington D.C. than anywhere else on the planet. Her accusations are plausible and that is all she needs to perpetrate fraud. I suspect the worst.

  • http://uspolitics.about.com/ KATHY GILL, Technology Policy Analyst

    Hi, Barky — thanks for the shout-out and your comment on my follow up with a story about Mississippi!

    And Allen, we’re simply going to have to disagree. How much our viewpoints are shaped by our gender … I’m not going to venture to guess, other than to say, “probably a lot.”

  • http://uspolitics.about.com/ KATHY GILL, Technology Policy Analyst

    Sorry, Barky – but I have to post this: http://hermancainpac.com/2011/11/herman-cain-accuser-karen-kraushaar-works-for-obama-and-she’s-ugly/

    “Ew, gross! Who the hell does this ugly b1tch think she’s fooling?”

    Why is this “OK” political rhetoric? Is this site for real? It certainly looks like it:

    networksolutions.com/whois-search/hermancainpac.com

    Domain servers in listed order:
    NS1.UNITEDCONSERVATIVEAMERICANETWORK.COM
    NS2.UNITEDCONSERVATIVEAMERICANETWORK.COM
    NS3.UNITEDCONSERVATIVEAMERICANETWORK.COM

    Domain Name: UNITEDCONSERVATIVEAMERICANETWORK.COM
    Registrar: GODADDY.COM, INC.
    Whois Server: whois.godaddy.com
    Referral URL: registrar.godaddy.com
    Name Server: NS1.UNITEDCONSERVATIVEAMERICANETWORK.COM
    Name Server: NS2.UNITEDCONSERVATIVEAMERICANETWORK.COM
    Name Server: NS3.UNITEDCONSERVATIVEAMERICANETWORK.COM
    Status: clientDeleteProhibited
    Status: clientRenewProhibited
    Status: clientTransferProhibited
    Status: clientUpdateProhibited
    Updated Date: 02-jan-2011
    Creation Date: 03-dec-2010
    Expiration Date: 03-dec-2012

  • http://uspolitics.about.com/ KATHY GILL, Technology Policy Analyst

    Here’s a thought : If you run a political site — PAC, advocacy, campaign for person or issue — then you should NOT be able to HIDE who you are in WhoIs. Transparency and all of that.

    There outtabe a law. :-)

  • sentry

    He probably won’t make it to Super Tuesday next year, never mind the convention.

  • http://uspolitics.about.com/ KATHY GILL, Technology Policy Analyst

    From someone who works in the field, Gary Namie, PhD, director of The Workplace Bullying Institute based in Bellingham WA:

    “Most harassers are repeat offenders,” he says. “You need to talk among your co-workers and break the silence. There will be emotional support there and it allows you to gather strength as a collective group to perhaps go to the employer and show more have been harmed. You’ll likely find out you were victim number 17 not victim number one.”

    http://mynorthwest.com/646/575062/A-reality-check-on-sexual-harassment

  • sentry

    What about. for example. Solyndra? It’ll never fill the pages here.