I’m running out of popcorn.
Herman Cain is gearing up for his big press conference this afternoon during which — if I’m reading the tea leaves correctly — he will deny that he knows what that crazy bitch is talking about, after which he’ll yell “look over there!”
What Cain wants you to look at is Bialek’s tawdry past — a tawdry past that actually is not tawdry at all.
Today, the Cain camp released a statement about Sharon Bialek, and it is nothing more than a sad attempt to drag Bialek through the mud. And when I say “sad,” I mean sad.
The press release points out that Bialek has been a defendant in several lawsuits, three of which were brought by the same plaintiff — a company called Broadcare Management.
Cain also points out that Bialek has worked for nine employers over the course of seventeen years, and that she filed for bankruptcy twice. Shock! Horror!
Cain then poses some questions, the answers to which are both readily available and entirely irrelevant.
Here’s the text of the press release***:
Who is Sharon Bialek?
As Ms. Sharon Bialek has placed herself in the public spotlight through making patently false allegations against Herman Cain, it is only fair to compare her track record alongside Mr. Cain’s.
In stark contrast to Mr. Cain’s four decades spent climbing the corporate ladder rising to the level of CEO at multiple successful business enterprises, Ms. Bialek has taken a far different path.
The fact is that Ms. Bialek has had a long and troubled history, from the courts to personal finances – which may help explain why she has come forward 14 years after an alleged incident with Mr. Cain, powered by celebrity attorney and long term Democrat donor Gloria Allred.
In the courts, Ms. Bialek has had a lengthy record in the Cook County Court system over various civil lawsuits. The following cases on file in Cook County are:
- 2000-M1-707461 Defendant against Broadcare Management
- 2000-M1-714398 Defendant in lawsuit against Broadcare Management
- 2000-M1-701522 Defendant in lawsuit against Broadcare Management
- 2005-M1-111072 Defendant in lawsuit against Mr. Mark Beatovic.
- 2007-M1-189176 Defendant in lawsuit against Midland Funding.
- 2009-M1-158826 Defendant in lawsuit against Illinois Lending.
Ms. Bialek was also sued in 1999 over a paternity matter according to ABC 7 Chicago (WLS-TV). Source: WLS-TV, November 7, 2011
In personal finances, PACER (Federal Court) records show that Ms. Bialek has filed for bankruptcy in the Northern District of Illinois bankruptcy court in 1991 and 2001. The respective case numbers according to the PACER system are 1:01-bk-22664 and 1:91-bk-23273.
Ms. Bialek has worked for nine employers over the last seventeen years. Source: WLS-TV, November 7, 2011
Curiously, if Ms. Bialek had intended to take legal action, the statute of limitations would have passed a decade ago.
Which brings up the question of why she would make such reprehensible statements now?
The questions should be – who is financing her legal team, have any media agreed to pay for her story, and has she been offered employment for taking these actions?
To the above, I say: So what?
First of all, it seems that the Cain camp did nothing more than check the Cook County online docket for cases involving Bialek. Without any information regarding what the cases were about, a list of cases and case number proves exactly jack and taco. (I poked around the docket briefly; there are no images available, so I couldn’t read the complaints to determine the bases for the lawsuits.)
As for working for multiple employers, again, I say: So what? For example, my resume indicates that I bounced around from firm to firm during my ten years in private practice. What might not be apparent to someone looking to draw a negative conclusion about my work history is that three of the employer name changes are a result of various law firm dissolutions and mergers. This is thin anecdotal evidence to be sure, but the point is, who gives a crap? Without more information, the answer to that question is: no one with any fucking sense.
Additionally, it is clear that the press release is an attempt to insinuate that Bialek’s legal and financial difficulties compelled her to make the allegations against Herman Cain. The press release itself says as much: Who is financing her legal team, have any media agreed to pay for her story, and has she been offered employment for taking these actions?
Well, Hermy, Bialek is not paying celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, so it seems that her legal team is being financed solely by Allred’s hubris and desire for the spotlight.
Cain also asks a question, the answer to which is obvious to anyone that has two brain cell to rub together: “Curiously, if Ms. Bialek had intended to take legal action, the statute of limitations would have passed a decade ago. Which brings up the question of why she would make such reprehensible statements now?” Gee whiz, Hermy. Could it be that you’re running for President?
Herman Cain categorically denies that he knows who Sharon Bialek is. That may be true — as Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon quipped “To be fair, the more you sexually harass, the less you remember each person you harassed” — but the slow drip of accusations doesn’t bode well for Cain.
Finally, the sort of character assassination in which Herman Cain is engaging also doesn’t make him look particularly sympathetic or credible. A simple, “It wasn’t me” would suffice, Hermy — if that’s your angle. Your chosen method of throwing shit on the wall to see what sticks only makes you look like a stinker.
Here’s Herman Cain on Jimmy Kimmel last night, cracking wise and generally being smarmy and gross:
This guy can’t disappear from the spotlight quickly enough for me.
You’re on your 13th minute, Hermy. Make the most of it.
[via The Hill]
***You can check out the actual press release via scribd plugin thingamabob at my blog here.