by Chris Haire
A few days ago, Herman Cain saw things differently.
He decided that he would no longer address questions about the sexual harassment charges against him. He had said all he needed to say, and there was no point saying anymore.
And then Sharon Bialek entered the picture, and now Cain has plenty to say.
In fact, his campaign has gone on the attack against Bialek, the fourth women to claim that the GOP presidential candidate made unwanted sexual advances against her, releasing a rather scathing press release.
According to the Cain camp, Bialek can't be trusted. Why? Well, it's pretty simple actually: She's not an American success story like their man Herman Cain.
After all, the press release notes that Bialek seems to have a problem keeping a job — or at least sticking with the same company. In fact, Team Cain believes that one of Bialek's principle crimes is that she has worked for nine different employers over the last 17 years.
Nine? Ha. I got her beat.
Since 1994, I have worked for Barnes and Noble, Clemson University, the Tiger Sports Shop, a machine shop in Seneca, a travel agency in Clemson, the Daily Messenger, the GSA Business Journal, Tricounty Technical College, several staffing agencies, Creative Loafing, Metrobeat, numerous altweeklies as a freelancer, Honolulu Weekly, and finally the Charleston City Paper.
Of course, none of that makes me unreliable. I'm unreliable for another whole set of reasons, the least of which is that I'm often drunk. And yet some folks still manage to trust me.
And by the way, I'm not drunk right now. I'm just drinking.
The rest of Cain's press release is more or less the same, attacking Bialek for her various financial woes and a series of civil court cases in which she was the defendant. Now, Herman's hitmen tell us little to nothing about how Bialek ended up broke or these cases — Did she win or lose? What were the suits about? Apparently, they believe simply mentioning these matters without context are proof enough that she is a liar.
But the coup de grace is this: Cain wants you to believe that Bialek can't be trusted because someone might be paying her to make these accusations. It could be the liberal media or even Herman's fellow GOPers — we're looking at you Ron Paul. Who knows? Someone, somewhere could be stuffing her purse with cash in order to sully the good name of the great Herman Cain.
But enough from me. Here's the pizza man's press release:
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?