Latest Herman Cain Accuser Described As: “Very Reliable”

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Karen Kraushaar Says Herman Cain Sexually Harassed Her in the Workplace

Today, Karen Kraushaar joined the growing crowd of women — the second to go public in the past 24 hours, to report she was a victim of inappropriate behavior by Tea Party darling and Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.

Kraushaar, 55, a former journalist who currently serves as a communications director at the Inspector General’s Office of the Treasury Department, a position she has held since last year, is a competitive equestrian and a lover of golden retrievers. She has been married for more than two decades.

On Monday, Sharon Bialek, flanked by her attorney, Gloria Allred, came forward to publicly discussing what she called Mr. Cain’s grotesquely inappropriate behavior.

Jennie Williams, a friend and an Atlanta equestrian said of Kraushaar:

[She is] “an extraordinarily good person. She is very reliable and has lots of integrity. I don’t know what happened. I don’t want to know. Enough is enough. She is quality.”

A former colleague at the National Restaurant Association who asked not to be identified said of Kraushaar:

“The woman is a consummate professional. What I saw was an extremely talented woman. A professional, knowledgeable woman and nothing more.”

The Daily reports:

Karen Kraushaar lives in Maryland, and had no desire to speak publicly about the complaint she filed against Cain, letting her superiors know “about a series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances from the CEO,” her attorney, Joel Bennett, said recently.

“Those complaints were resolved in an agreement with her acceptance of a monetary settlement,” Bennett said. “She and her husband see no value in revisiting this matter now, nor in discussing this matter further, publicly or privately. In fact, it would be extremely painful to do so.”

Ned Kraushaar said his sister-in-law never discussed the incident that allegedly occurred when she was a spokeswoman for the National Restaurant Association from 1998 to 1999, a Washington lobbying firm then headed by Cain. “She kept it all quiet because of the confidentiality agreement,” he said by phone from his Atlanta home.

Karen Kraushaar told the New York Times she was upset that her name had been leaked into some press reports. But she said she had decided to speak out now that her identity was publicly known.

“When you are being sexually harassed in the workplace, you are extremely vulnerable,” she said. “You do whatever you can to quickly get yourself into a job someplace safe, and that is what I thought I had achieved when I left.”

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19 Responses to Latest Herman Cain Accuser Described As: “Very Reliable”

  1. DMason says:

    This is starting to make me sick to my stomach. Cain needs to demand the National Restaurant Association release the first two accusers from their confidentiality agreement so we can read what actually took place at work that resulted in two women leaving and receiving a year’s salary to just go away. This “she said, he said” just isn’t cutting it.

  2. The Real Adam says:

    Herman Cain mysteriously left six months early on his National Restaurant Association contract.

    A contract that reportedly paid him $100,000 a year. He left shortly after the two financial settlements were paid to two women who worked there and accused Cain of behaving inappropriately. Why would he leave a lucrative contract half a year early if he wasn’t asked to leave early? Think about it.

  3. Brigadoon says:

    Cain can’t survive all this. Sorry Teabaggers but, you and the Koch Brothers need to find a new brother from a different mother.

  4. Rachel says:

    In 24 hours the public has been treated to two images of Herman Cain’s type. Sharon Bialek and Karen Kraushaar; both women are white, blonde, and well-educated. Both women work or worked in government or non-profit. Clearly, Cain doesn’t discriminate. While his wife is African American, when he wanders, he prefers a white woman. It appears Cain finds crossing the color barrier to be particularly enticing.

  5. emcee says:

    Herman Cain is the boss nigga.

  6. Rendaculous says:

    Hi Rachel – I noticed this too. Cain has a type and the type of blonde and white.

  7. Scott Dancer says:

    Herman Cain represents absolutely no threat to President Obama’s reelection bid.

    The Tea Party is proving themselves to be all about distraction and drama and frankly, I don’t think the American people have any appetite for their nonsense.

    First they offered up Palin, then Perry and now Cain. Their brand is as flawed as bad antibiotics and despite Obama’s weaknesses on several issues (like standing up to Boehner and McConnell) he looks damned good by comparison.

    Cain is a fool. A sad tool or the Koch Brothers and the voters just aren’t buying it.

  8. Big Hank says:

    I watched the press conference and Cain said he would take a lie detector test but, he quickly modified his response, saying “if there is a credible charge.”

    I guess it would be up to Cain to decide what is credible and what isn’t.

  9. nonnie9999 says:

    hermie insists that he doesn’t even know sharon bialek. later on, he said that she was a “troubled woman.” if he doesn’t know her, how does he know that she’s troubled?

  10. Randy Arroyo says:

    What is so curious is Herman Cain insists he can’t remember any of these women? If his memory is as bad as this, how can the voters possibly trust him to run the United States? It all doesn’t add up and I for one, don’t believe him. His demeanor is muddy and I find his bumbling affect steeped in dishonesty. I just want him to go away.

  11. Sayingwhatneedsaying says:

    Mr Pizza man can’t kep his pepperoni in his pants……………….

  12. feminazi says:

    Soon more women will have come forward than there are days in the week. Herman keeps falling back on his faulty memory. Herman Cain’s response just doesn’t pass the smell test and I believe he’s a liar. Like many corporate CEOs, Cain is a sociopath and dangerous.

  13. Joe in Colorado says:

    The Real Adam – What I’m hearing is Herman Cain was asked to leave early from his contract. The National Restaurant Association couldn’t afford the financial pay-outs to Cain’s female victims so they took the hit and paid him off to the tune of $50,000 to buy his early departure. Sources also say the National Restaurant Association hasn’t had a single sexual harassment complaint since Cain left in the late-1990s.

  14. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Herman Cain: “simply didn’t happen.”
    Herman Cain: “troubled woman.”
    Herman Cain: “Democrat machine.”

    Blame, deflect, blame, deflect. Sorry Herman, you’re an asshole and you’re going down.

  15. Marcus Ybanez says:

    Is it necessary for Uncle Herman to malign his accusers?

    Go ahead on and deny, cite your recollection of the event(s) and get your story out. But, when your narrative includes suggesting these women are gold digger broads or psychotic, then you lose all of your credibility and your accuser’s stock rises

  16. Fran says:

    “I will not resign” (from campaigning)

    Nixon said that too.

    Thats’ OK, the voters will resign him!

    Turns out this brotha is a predatory mutha……

  17. Jim says:

    Cain is a total ass-wipe. Perfect for the Republican Party!

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