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Right on cue, the 'liberal' media derided by Herman Cain for planting false allegations about his behavior with women, has dug around and stirred up background information on his latest accuser.  Sharon Bialek is the fifth woman to make accusations of sexual harassment against Herman Cain and the first one to willingly humiliate herself in this way.

Cain accuser has history of financial troubles, legal squabbles

The emerging portrait of Herman Cain's most recent accuser shows a suburban homemaker with a history of financial and legal troubles, but one who supporters say has the guts to do the right thing.

Sharon Bialek, 50, is the fourth woman — and the first publicly — to accuse the Republican presidential hopeful of sexual harassment.

Records show she twice has filed for personal bankruptcy, first in 1991 and then again in 2001. In the latter case, she claimed $5,700 in assets and more than $36,000 in liabilities. Among the creditors seeking payment was a management firm demanding back rent of $4,500, four credit card companies and a lawyer asking for his legal fees.

After the case was discharged, she accused a former boyfriend of harassing her for repayment of a loan, court records in the bankruptcy case show. Bialek borrowed $4,500 from William Concha, though Concha now believes she had no intention of paying him back, according to his brother, Mario.

At least two liens have been filed against Bialek, according to records from the Cook County recorder of deeds.

The IRS filed a tax lien against her in 2009 for nearly $5,200. In August, the Illinois Department of Revenue claimed Bialek owed the state more than $4,300, including penalties and interest, relating to income taxes from 2004, according to county records.

Note that they say she is the fourth woman to make the accusations even though she is actually the fifth. And the implication that somehow because she has had financial troubles and legal 'squabbles' that this obviously limits her credibility as a possible victim of sexual harassment. Because, as everyone knows, bullies don't pick on the weak, easy victims. They target people who have the resources and power to fight back against them. Not, people who have just been fired, owe money and are desperate for a job and are likely to cross all manner of previously established moral lines in order to get one.

The article goes into further great detail about Ms. Bialek's personal life: where she lives, the size of her (large) house, her work history, her political affiliation, how she met her fiance, even her dating history with a moderately 'famous' Chicago White Sox sports analyst. Because, sexual harassers sure take the trouble to investigate all those details before attacking their victims.

And, as everyone knows, this public  humiliation is something any woman would willingly sign up for and it's simply shocking that the previous four women wouldn't be willing to have their personal lives thus exposed under a public microscope.

And now that someone has publicly come forward, and is no longer 'anonymous' as Cain earlier demanded, his defense and cries of innocence are getting more hysterical.  On Jimmy Kimmel Live he claims his wife was 'shocked' to learn of these accusations, saying he would never do anything this 'silly'. Sexual harassment is 'silly'. We are expected to take the word of someone as a character witness who thinks sexual harassment is 'silly'.

Ironically, the man who starts his statements with 'I don't have facts to back this up', insists on facts from anonymous accusers, demanding that they step forward and make themselves public and put themeselves through more humiliation to 'prove' that he sexaully harassed them. Now that someone has done so, he doesn't seem to have any response. I wonder if in his upcoming press conference this afternoon where he intends to 'set the record straight', he will again try to claim that his record of rising up the corporate ladder for three decades 'speaks for itself'. Because again, obviously a successful corporate career proves that one wouldn't take advantage of that position by harassing women in lower hierarchical positions. Because, as we all know, sexual harassment is such a corporate career killer. As everyone knows, it's a one-way ticket out of the corner office for the harasser, right Mr. Cain? Actually, no. It's a one-way ticket out of the cubicle for the harassee.

Well, Mr. Cain, the rules are a little different in politics and hopefully it will be a career killer now.

UPDATE: In a preview of what might be Cain's strategy in his upcoming press conference, his campaign is attacking Bialek's lawyer as an 'activist, celebrity lawyer':

Herman Cain's campaign released a statement on Sharon Bialek's accusation against him, following a now-familiar damage control strategy of talking past the details of the charge and attacking the messenger:

Just as the country finally begins to refocus on our crippling $15 trillion national debt and the unacceptably high unemployment rate, now activist celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred is bringing forth more false accusations against the character of Republican front-runner Herman Cain.

All allegations of harassment against Mr. Cain are completely false. Mr. Cain has never harassed anyone. Fortunately, the American people will not allow Mr. Cain's bold "9-9-9" plan, clear foreign policy vision and plans for energy independence to be overshadowed by these bogus attacks.

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  •  ... (1+ / 0-)
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    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 08:30:54 AM PST

  •  I was watching Morning Joe (I know, I know...) (13+ / 0-)

    and here is their token 'liberal' on this, this very morning:

    way to go, Mika.  you ask "why did this take so long" while demonstrating exactly why women are loath to go public like this.  way to "know your worth".

    it took smarmy ass willie geist to do the whole "aren't you blaming the victim a little" thing.

    This comment is dedicated to my mellow Adept2U and his Uncle Marcus

    by mallyroyal on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 08:34:31 AM PST

    •  Wow. Grotesque. (9+ / 0-)

      I guess Mika has been spared from anything like this in her illustrious 'career'. Yes, so interested in the limelight. It's so beneficial.

      "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

      by eXtina on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 08:39:37 AM PST

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    •  As was said during the Anita Hill timeframe (14+ / 0-)

      "They just don't get it"

        That's why she needs Gloria to stand by her.  Say what you will about Gloria but she vets her clients well and gives them protection, that's why they go to her.

        And just who did Mika think she was going to complain to?  Since Cain was the head of the group that just Fired her?  Being labled a "troublemaker" wouldn't help her in finding a job.

       They just don't get it, and Kudos to Willie for making his comment.

    •  Oh, never assume that women will stand up in (11+ / 0-)

      sisterhood to back up other women. Most of us can tell you that the longest and sharpest knives in our backs have been delivered by other women. It's a nasty not very well-guarded secret.

      Mika obviously has never lived in the real world where real women are silenced because speaking up can cost can cost an employee her job or simply, it sucks up too much time and energy with little return. Mika doesn't understand that there are people who wouldn't stand up for themselves but do feel compelled to speak up for the greater good.

      When you live in a world of priviledge, all you can understand is what motivates YOU. Here we have a window into  the ugly soul of the elite.

      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not.

      by grover on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 08:52:32 AM PST

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      •  I would put big money.. (6+ / 0-)

        on Mika knowing very well what it's like to be a successful woman in a man's world.

        I wouldn't be stunned if she's had to suck a few schlongs to get where she is today (or at least, been asked to).

        No, I'm not suggesting every successful woman has had to suck dick. But I'm not a movie and tv personality, I'm pretty small-fry in my choice of careers, and I've been "asked" to do so for the sake of advancing my career. Since 13 years after graduating college I still make a paltry wage, I am sure you can figure out what choice I made. The money wasn't worth the loss of my pride and self-respect.

        Nor is sexual harrassment ALWAYS ending in oral sex. I've had a big shot lawyer put his hand on my bum and boob, copping a feel. I never reported it, because I knew exactly what the end result would be. I would lose my job, be humiliated, and ultimately he wouldn't pay the price. I left the job--I hated being a legal assistant anyway--but on my last day of work I told all the women in the office to watch their backs. And their fronts too. Maybe there is some shame now at the thought I never spoke up, that I never even tried to make him pay for his inappropriate actions. Maybe he went on to hurt someone else. I wasn't strong enough at the time to do anything about it though. I was struggling at the time with depression and suicidal thoughts, and the last thing I needed was a mess at work.

        Anyway, I digress. I think Mika knows, but like all women, she's alright with sucking up to the men around her, even if it means putting a knife in the back of a fellow woman. This "sisterhood" crap is fake. Women betray each other, women are horrible to one another (yes yes, huge generalization, YMMV).

        •  Perhaps. (5+ / 0-)

          And if so, then I'm genuinely sorry for her. But her career seems pretty charmed. The Brzezinski name helps.

          I presume you don't have a heavyweight asset like that, one that opens doors and implies "if you mess with me, there are people above your pay grade that might be called." (And the news industry is all about contacts).

           I certainly don't.  

          I'm not saying she hasn't worked to get where she is. I'm just saying I doubt that she put up with the same crap that common journalism college graduates might deal with.

          © grover

          So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not.

          by grover on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 10:00:00 AM PST

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      •  She's in the media. (1+ / 0-)
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        She's had it happen to her.  She just doesn't want to admit it.

        The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

        by irishwitch on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 03:38:00 PM PST

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    •  There have been many warnings... (11+ / 0-)

      that anyone who came forward with an accusation like the ones being made about Cain, would face a firestorm of pushback and here's your evidence.

      In less than 12 hours after Sharon Bialek came forward with her story, the Tribune had in its hands essentially her life story.  Question is, how much of that did they dig up themselves, and how much of it was pulled together and given to them by GOP operatives desperate to discredit her?

      As I noted elsewhere last night, it is fascinating that the press can dig up this much detail in less than a day on Ms. Bialek while giving Mr. Cain, who is:

      Running for President

      Proposing a tax plan which would gut the middle class

      Ignorant about foreign policy

      Running a bizarre campaign which seems to ignore all the realities of presidential campaign politics

      And, running a campaign which may well have been launched using illegal funding procedures

      Gets nowhere near as much scrutiny.  In fact, at least so far, he seems to be dodging the questions by simply asserting he isn't going to talk to the press about it.

      About as good an indictment of the shortcomings of the modern press as I can think of.

      Free markets would be a great idea, if markets were actually free.

      by dweb8231 on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 08:55:02 AM PST

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  •  The "high-tech lynching" referred to by Cain (9+ / 0-)

    is really the lynching of the women who are coming forward against him.

    Exactly the same attack made on Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas hearings.  That women just wake up one morning and want to have their guts spilled in public so that they can sound the alarm about some idiot who is about to be awarded a position for life is ridiculous.  The reason women don't complain about this stuff to begin with is that most of them don't want to make waves and feel that they can handle the situation.  

    Anita Hill has been proven right now that we have had years of Clarence Thomas on the court and the ruin the court has become.  Cain is just another example of the Peter Principle - a person who has risen to a position of prominence far beyond their ability.  Cain is a creation of the Koch Bros and got his initial breaks through Jesse Jackson, something I was unaware of.  

  •  Dammit. I was writing a diary suggesting that (2+ / 0-)
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    Cain will get away with it because of things like this.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 08:54:01 AM PST

  •  Allred is now 'considered by 'some'' to be a (2+ / 0-)
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    high profile Democratic Party activist.


    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 09:03:29 AM PST

    •  Because standing by women is a Democratic value. (2+ / 0-)
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      That's the GOP party.

      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not.

      by grover on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 10:03:26 AM PST

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    •  I heard exactly those words from an NPR (2+ / 0-)
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      newsreader this morning. The cowardly jackals run together.

      "Double, double, toile and trouble; Fire burne, and Cauldron bubble... By the pricking of my Thumbes, Something wicked this way comes": Republicans Willkommen auf das Vierte Reich! Sie Angelegenheit nicht mehr.

      by Bluefin on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 12:47:13 PM PST

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  •  so, how much is Ms Bialek being paid for this? (4+ / 0-)

    i mean, clearly this whole thing was ginned up to put a black man in his place, right?
    So, where's the canceled check? It's gotta be at least 5 figures...wait, what? No check? No payout? Oh, she must be a DEMONcrat, then. Obviously, anyone affiliated with a party that comprises almost half of the electorate must be a congenital liar and willing to be dragged through the mud, because one thing we know about them DEMONcrats is they're incredibly lazy until they get it into their heads to attack God-fearing republicans unprovoked. Also, too, DEMONcrats are soooo stupid that they orchestrate vast conspiracies like this all the time. Sowing the seeds of this obviously fabricated complaint 14 years ago is nothing compared to the time-traveling conspiracy that put a fake birth certificate in Hawaii so God's Favorite Nation could be usurped by a Kenyan.
    Good thing we have watchdogs like the Socialist MSNBC to alert us to such shenanigans.

    Class war has consequences, and we are living them.

    by kamarvt on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 09:13:31 AM PST

    •  Actually, I read that she's a Republican. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. Plato

      by manneckdesign on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 10:03:16 AM PST

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      •  Inconclusive (2+ / 0-)
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        Allred described her client as a "registered Republican," though Bialek does not have an active voter card in Illinois, election officials said. The state does not allow voters to register by party, but records show she pulled a GOP ballot in the 2008 primary.

        "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

        by eXtina on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 10:09:14 AM PST

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        •  It doesn't effin' matter (4+ / 0-)
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          Her political affiliation has nothing whatsoever to do with it, as you are certainly aware.After all, Mark Foley was "accidentally" identified as a democrat when his penchant for underage boys became public.
          i was attempting to highlight the laziness and knee-jerk reaction of the supposed librul media, who will tie themselves in knots trying to promote Wrestlemania TV and avoid the obvious conclusion; that Herman Cain is a sociopath and sexual predator.
          Besides, Allred has that feminist taint to her, so it's just as effective to go after Bialek's lawyer when the point of the whole exercise is to cast aspersions in the general direction of anyone who dares challenge the GOP masturbatory fantasy of the moment.
          In fact, Allred's accepting the case guarantees that at least 25% of the public will automatically side with Cain, just because.
          Middle school never ends with these cretins.

          Class war has consequences, and we are living them.

          by kamarvt on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 10:40:07 AM PST

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          •  Ms. Bialek should have gone with a low budget (3+ / 0-)
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            public defender type. She's obviously just an average person, a 99%'er, kind of uppity to get herself one of those high-powered legal types.

            "Double, double, toile and trouble; Fire burne, and Cauldron bubble... By the pricking of my Thumbes, Something wicked this way comes": Republicans Willkommen auf das Vierte Reich! Sie Angelegenheit nicht mehr.

            by Bluefin on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 12:52:38 PM PST

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  •  A gold digger would have sued in 2001 (4+ / 0-)
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    Allegedly Bialek filed for bankruptcy (the second time) in 2001. Cain supposedly assaulted her in 1997. If she really was a gold digger, she would have sued him and/or the NRA between when the incident occurred and when she filed for bankruptcy.

  •  having a dispute with the IRS does not show (2+ / 0-)
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    some sort of moral turpitude; wonder if Cain has ever had an issue with the IRS?
    Many times initial disputes regarding amounts owed are computer generated, which can make determining the IRS position on the amount due difficult to ascertain.  As an example, I received a notice this week that my 2008 return did not reflect 1099s received from third party respondents.  In reviewing the IRS analysis, I determined that they had picked up several stock cash-outs on my part during the year.  Say it was $5,000.  I have 2.5 weeks to respond in writing to the notice.  Since it was a series of small transactions, I had added the transactions and recorded the results on one line.
    The IRS instead, picked up that i had not listed each transaction and its capital loss/gain separately and concluded that I had not reported those transactions. With 2.5 weeks to respond, since the mail took 1.5 weeks to deliver the notice, I began my response but then noticed that the IRS had taken the sum of all of the transactions and then treated them as if they were ordinary income.
    I called the IRS today to try to get an extension on my response since there appears to be no reason for them to treat the sale of stocks as if the amount received were 100% ordinary income instead of treating it as capital gains.
    On the original 1040, I reported capital gains of $500 and paid $100 as my tax liability.  The IRS notice, with interest and penalties for not reporting income, has claimed I owe $7500 in back taxes.  If my response is not in their hands in 2.5 weeks, they will start court proceedings for a judgement against me.  Now this should be straightened out in the next month my attorney assures me but at the same time, it is very possible for public records to be generated that would make it appear at a cursory examination that I owe the IRS $7500, when it is not true.  

  •  It Will Catch Up With Him..... (2+ / 0-)
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    Cain's favorability among Republicans has dipped by 9 points in the past week.  But, that's not his biggest problem.

    He's going to have a larger problem at home as this continues..  Cain can bob & weave all he wants.  He can call out FOX News & the Koch brothers to defend him, but his wife & grandchildren are hearing these charges.

    If Momma's not happy, no one's happy.....especially Herman Cain.  

  •  this practically proves she's telling the truth (2+ / 0-)
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    When Republicons have no way to contradict their critics on the facts they always pull out character assassination.

    "Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."

    by TrueBlueMajority on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 09:44:30 AM PST

  •  Because no woman is perfect enough (7+ / 0-)

    In no other crime does it matter. Burglary? No one will care if you once declared bankruptcy. Murder? Still a felony even if the victim smoked pot in college. Carjacking? Does it matter how you behaved at your high school prom?

    But rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment - the woman is (still) on trial. The question is (still) not what did he do but what did she do, to deserve it or to prove she's making it up.

    Because no woman or even child is perfect enough. Everyone, everyone, has incidents in their past that are if nothing else embarrassing. Everyone has used poor judgment. Everyone has done dumb things. Everyone. Usually we hopefully learn and go on. But if a woman is raped, sexually assaulted, sexually harassed, every incident becomes proof she's nut (making it up), slut (deserved it) or both.

    Even an 11 year old girl, who was pilloried in the NY Times after being repeatedly raped by as many as 20 or more men. Because she was tall for her age and wore lipstick. So she was asking for it and the rapists were "those poor boys".

    Yeah, why don't more women come forward (sarcasm)?

  •  I thought Bialek was no.4 (2+ / 0-)
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