Bialek was in a lawsuit involving Axelrod.
Cain's campaign released court records showing Bialek has been involving in multiple court cases. In a 2009 case, documents show, "an interesting attorney named David Axelrod associating with her in court," blogger Lame Cherry writes. Apocalypse Paradigm says this is evidence of "organized crime." The National Patriot's Craig Andersen notes this detail and suggests Bialek's story is fake because she had to read the details at her press conference. Plus: "Have you notice, that while Herman Cain has held MANY high level positions in MANY companies and on MANY boards of directors…ONLY women from the NRA are making these accusations?" This idea got passed around on Twitter a lot Tuesday, but didn't stick, because, the thing is, Axelrod was representing the plaintiff and Bialek was the defendant. And much more important, it's not the same Axelrod, as Michelle Malkin explained in detail. The Obama guy is named David M.; the lawyer is David J.
Karen Kraushaar works for Obama.
Kraushaar was outed by The Daily Tuesday as the woman who got a $45,000 settlement after she said Cain harassed her. She was described as a "55-year-old former journalist and seasoned government spokeswoman." What does that mean? In the grand organizational chart of the Executive Branch, she works for Obama. Noting that a friend said Kraushaar was "reliable," "has lots of integrity," and is "quality," The Blaze's Tiffany Gabbay writes, "'Quality' or not, one has to question the source of such a conveniently timed accusation when that source works for the Democratic incumbent." Kraushaar works for the Treasury department; she's a registered Republican.
Kraushaar's son works for Politico.
Cain spokesman Mark Block went running with this one on Sean Hannity's Fox News show Tuesday night. "At the press conference it was brought up that Karen Kraushaar had come out as one of the women, so we've come to find out that her son works at Politico, the organization that originally put this story out," Block said. "We've confirmed that he does indeed work at Politico and that's his mother, yes." Except: no. Kraushaar, who edits National Journal's The Hotline, hasn't worked for Politico for a year. More important, he's not related to Kraushaar. He tweets, "The only positive benefit about being smeared by Mark Block on Hannity is I'm getting 100 new Twitter followers a minute."
Joel Bennett is using Politico to fuel some sort of professional rivalry.
Joel Bennett is Kraushaar's lawyer; before she was named he told the press she'd was considering coming foward after Cain called her a liar. Larry Sinclair suggests Bennett made this media circus happen:
The fact that Bennett has from the beginning sought to tell the media that his client wanted to tell her story raises questions as to whether Mr. Bennett is Politico’s original source for the story. Surely Politico’s Jonathan Martin would not be the first Politico reporter to publish a political hit piece at the request of a DC Attorney. One only need look at Politico.com’s history of publishing attack pieces on behalf of the Obama camp as well as attorneys who represent Politico reporters ... and you will see the Herman Cain story has the same 'attorney' favor smell to it.
Sinclair's evidence? Politico once wrote an unflattering profile of him. Sinclair is the author of Barack Obama & Larry Sinclair: Cocaine, Sex, Lies & Murder?
Update 12:50p.m.: Here's one more conspiracy theory, though he hasn't really been fleshed out yet. Salon's Alex Pareene noticed this post on RedState by Dan Perrin that tosses out this idea in a parenthetical aside: "The media’s obsession with the Penn State sex scandal can be explained by the fact they think it will hurt Herman Cain."
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