Shortly after the news broke last month about Herman Cain’s alleged sexual harassment, there was a dumb joke making the rounds about one of his accusers: “Did you hear that one of the women is German? She said “Nein, nein, nein” – – – but Cain wouldn’t stop.”
Bad puns aside, I wasn’t surprised there was another eruption this morning in the sexual harassment volcano threatening the ex-pizza king and Republican presidential hopeful’s campaign. And it wasn’t seasoned tomato sauce, cheese, sausage, or olives bursting off a thick or thin crust.
No, the lava’s flowing downhill along with everything else that flows that way. Cynical me and politicians, whether conventional or supposedly “unconventional,” – – – should supporters really be saying, “Let Herman be Herman”?
I was also not surprised to see professional media hound and lawyer, Gloria Allred, somberly joining her newest high-profile media opportunity [client], Sharon Bialek, at this morning’s televised press conference. Bialek is a former employee of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, a foundation connected to the National Restaurant Association, the trade group then headed by Cain.
“You want a job right?”
Bialek let loose with the newest, latest and greatest accusation of alleged ‘Mark of Cain’ impropriety. She alleged that while sitting in a parked car with Cain, “he put his hand on my leg under my skirt and reached for my genitals. He also grabbed my head and brought it to his crotch.” See “Accuser Details Lewd Behavior by Cain.”
Bialek said she’d gone to see Cain for job advice after being terminated by the educational foundation. When she objected to Cain’s actions and asked him what he was doing, he allegedly replied, “You want a job right?”
Cain and his campaign were quick to deny this latest allegation just as they have all the others. Bialek is the fourth woman to accuse Cain of sexual harassment. He continues to assert, “I have never sexually harassed anyone and those accusations are totally false.”
In the absence of percipient witnesses, however, and since Bialek never formally filed charges 14 years ago when this supposedly happened, it’s a ‘He said, she said’ situation.
As for Gloria Allred, you have to hand it to her. Once more, she’s in the middle of another high-profile media event.
The last time I saw Gloria Allred on TV, she was standing next to former porn star Ginger Lee in the midst of the Anthony Weiner scandal. And then there was that other Allred client I remember from summer 2010, ex-bank employee, Debrahlee Lorenzana. Also see “Too-Hot-For-Citibank Banker Files New Papers — With the Help of Gloria Allred.” And who can forget the now unhappy ex-Allred client, Rachel Uchitel of Tiger Woods fame?
I don’t know how she does it. It’s her ‘good fortune’ that media conspicuous clients want to hire her. It’s almost uncanny. (1)
But then, let Gloria be Gloria.
(1) Canny or not, however, I am not suggesting any violations of Rule 1-400 “Advertising and Solicitation” of the California Bar’s Rules of Professional Conduct, which states: “(C) A solicitation shall not be made by or on behalf of a member or law firm to a prospective client with whom the member or law firm has no family or prior professional relationship, unless the solicitation is protected from abridgment by the Constitution of the United States or by the Constitution of the State of California.“