“You Want a Job, Right?”

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Here’s another reason that I am a plaintiff’s employment lawyer:

Cain 'want a job' bumper sticker

This bumper sticker is reportedly already making the rounds of the Internet. Bad for a campaign.

Of course, this is merely an accusation — but it’s one that I’ve heard from clients before, though they usually report it being said with a little less blatantly.  That’s what happens too often when wealthy men get unchecked power.  They try to turn unwilling women into whores.

Here’s a report from the press conference of Sharon Bialek, who shares the services of attorney Gloria Allred with fictional Sue Sylvester of Glee, at a New York press conference.  Bialek is a conservative Tea Party Republican who was formerly employed by the education arm of the extremely conservative, minimum-wage and workplace safey law-hating, National Restaurant Association.

Sharon Bialek described an encounter in which she said Cain reached under her skirt and also grabbed her head, pushed it toward his crotch, and said, “You want a job, don’t you?”

I defended Herman Cain a week ago, based on the information that was available at the time, which simply was not damning.  And I do not conclude that this allegation is true.  But I certainly do think that, if Ms. Bialek’s credibility holds up — like, she’s not Rick Perry’s state coordinator —  this puts the Cain matter into an entirely different category.  That category is no longer merely sexual harassment, but sexual extortion and sexual assault.

Many people are circling the wagons to defend Cain.  As a Democrat, I almost hope that they succeed.  There’s now so much smoke that it’s hard to continue to believe that there’s no fire.  If so, his getting the nomination would be to tie a freight train around the GOP’s neck and send it down a mine shaft.

No wonder Newt Gingrich is palling around with him.  Scandal has taken what toll it could upon him already; in that respect he’s, ironically, a safe choice.  And now he wants to inherit Cain’s base.

About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 (in violation of Roberts Rules) when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Expelled from DPOC in October 2018 (in violation of Roberts Rules) for having endorsed Spitzer over Rackauckas -- which needed to be done. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. One of his daughters co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)