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    Cain accuser Kraushaar is serial complainer

    Cain accuser Kraushaar is serial complainer

    How ironic that Karen Kraushaar, whose identity became known only yesterday, called Herman Cain a serial denier.

    It turns out that Kraushaar is a serial complainer, demanding money at a second employer for supposed inappropriate language, via AP:

    A woman who settled a sexual harassment complaint against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain in 1999 complained three years later at her next job about unfair treatment, saying she should be allowed to work from home after a serious  car accident and accusing a manager of circulating a sexually charged email, The Associated Press has learned.

    To settle the complaint at the immigration service, Kraushaar initially demanded thousands of dollars in payment, a reinstatement of leave she used after the accident earlier in 2002, promotion on the federal pay scale and a one-year fellowship to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, according to a former supervisor familiar with the complaint. The promotion itself would have increased her annual salary between $12,000 and $16,000, according to salary  tables in 2002 from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

    Kraushaar told the AP she considered her employment complaint “relatively minor” and she later dropped it.

    What was the “sexually charged email”?  According to AP:

    The joke circulated online lists reasons men and women were like computers, including that men were like computers because “in order to get their attention, you have to turn them on.” Women were like computers because “even your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for later retrieval.”

    We still don’t know what Herman Cain allegedly said to Kraushaar that gave rise to her demand for money from the National Restaurant Association.  But we do know why Kraushaar didn’t want her name public.

    I’ve seen this movie before when I was in private law practice.  There are certain people whose radar is up, like cats waiting for the mouse.  And when they see an opportunity to cash in, they take it, and usually more than once.  This quote from the AP story rings so true:

    Kraushaar’s complaint at the immigration service prompted managers to use caution when writing and speaking to Kraushaar while the complaint was being investigated, another former supervisor told the AP. Two supervisors said Kraushaar asked a colleague to act as a witness when she had conversations with one manager after she filed her complaint.

    It may be that Kraushaar had two valid complaints, or none. Now that she has gone public and wants a joint press conference, Kraushaar should consent to the NRA releasing its full file on her complaint.


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    retire05 | November 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Well, hell, let’s just go ahead and demand these women be branded with a big scarlet letter. There is no possibility they might be telling the truth, right? After all, Cain is one of the good guys because he is one of us, right? You know, because branding women you don’t even know is so much more important than Fast and Furious, Solyndra, or Obama’s horrible hot mike remarks about Benjamin Netanyahu.

      SmokeVanThorn in reply to retire05. | November 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm

      See? Not to be taken seriously.

      patb in reply to retire05. | November 9, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      Branding is bit strong but an examination of their character is indeed within order as they have into question the same of Mr.Cain is it not? How better to judge the veracity of their accounts regarding the subject ?

      I would really appreciate to know why Ms. Bialek sought out Mr.Cain to discuss employment personally – was the human resource department not a viable avenue formsuch an endeavour?
      Was it nessecary to meet Mr. Cain in person in DC? Why would it be the case??

      Facts to these accusations are soo light they make the waif like supermodels appear morbidly obese

      And for the record I am not leaning towards voting Cain in any primary

    JEBurke | November 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I agree with one thing. The entire NRA file on these incidents should be made public. I suspect, though, that the big loser at this point would be Cain so don’t expecf him to join in the call. He’s had two weeks to do that to demonstrate that the charges were not much and found to be “baseless.”

    It will all out. That is now inevitable. Meanwhile, it might be prudent to go a little easy on attacking the complainants. That is particularly true with respect to Kraushaar who, so far as we know, kept her own counsel, preferred not to go public and was outed to the press anyway.

      patb in reply to JEBurke. | November 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      Kraushaar “appeared” to desire staying out of the limelight BUT still did little to rein in her counselor & in fact “arrived” after Ms.Bialek came on scene. Of course it was her brother in law who outer her (anyone see the Val Plame play here?)

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    damocles | November 9, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Look, are we going to have a double standard here? If we took Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and Jennifer Flowers eriously, then we should at least give the 2 women who brought their cases years ago, when cain was not running for anything,seriously. I don’t care how Democrats treat women who come forward like this, but we should hold ourselves to a higher standard. This character assassination is wrong. Disagree with them if you like, but they both were happily staying out of things until someone at the NRA spilled the beans to Politico. These women were outed by the press. Whether you believe their grievances were significant or not, at the time filed, these women did not wish to destroy Cains presidential campaign.The NRA is the only organization that can put out the relevant documents from the time that were entered into evidence, so Cain should put pressure on the NRA to release those documents if he wishes to clear this mess up.

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