DC Trawler

If somebody sexually assaulted you, how long would it take before you could bring yourself to hug him?

If Sharon Bialek is to be believed, it took 14 years.

Chicago Sun-Times:

They hugged each other backstage in a full embrace like old friends.
She grabbed his arm and whispered in his left ear.

She kept talking as he bent to listen, and he kept saying “Uh, huh. Uh, huh.”

Huh?

“I don’t know if what she was giving him was a sucker punch, but he didn’t put his arm down while she was talking to him,” said the Sneed source.

  • The “he”… is GOP presidential contender Herman Cain, who has been accused of sexual harassment by several women.
  • The “she”… is Chicagoan Sharon Bialek, who held a news conference Tuesday as the only woman to PUBLICLY accuse Cain of sexual harassment.
  • The Sneed source … is WIND radio co-host Amy Jacobson, who tells Sneed she witnessed the Cain/Bialek encounter a month ago while backstage at the AM 560 WIND sponsored TeaCon meeting in Schaumburg Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center…

“I recall Sharon was hell bent on going backstage at the TeaCon convention — where she cornered him,” said Jacobson.

Keep in mind that this seemingly warm reunion was when Bialek says she confronted Cain because she “wanted to see if he would be man enough to own up to what he had done 14 years ago.” Because she wanted to “face the demon.”*

Incidentally:

Bialek has since applied for employment in sales at WIND radio and is scheduled for a second interview Thursday.

Which only gives Gloria Allred 48 more hours to drag her in front of every TV camera on the Eastern seaboard. Run, Gloria, run!

In other Bialek news, the Chicago Tribune reports:

The emerging portrait of Herman Cain’s most recent accuser shows a suburban homemaker with a history of financial and legal troubles, but one who supporters say has the guts to do the right thing…
Records show she twice has filed for personal bankruptcy, first in 1991 and then again in 2001. In the latter case, she claimed $5,700 in assets and more than $36,000 in liabilities. Among the creditors seeking payment was a management firm demanding back rent of $4,500, four credit card companies and a lawyer asking for his legal fees.

After the case was discharged, she accused a former boyfriend of harassing her for repayment of a loan, court records in the bankruptcy case show. Bialek borrowed $4,500 from William Concha, though Concha now believes she had no intention of paying him back, according to his brother, Mario…

At least two liens have been filed against Bialek, according to records from the Cook County recorder of deeds.

Tax liens are no big deal, of course, unless you’re a plumber — correction, a fake plumber — who asked a Democratic presidential candidate a question he was unprepared to lie about.

Anyway, so far Bialek seems like a solid witness. And as she insisted yesterday, she’s not doing this for money. Oh wait, did you say money?

HINT: If you want people to believe you’re not in it for the money, and you’re asked if you’ll ever accept money for it, the correct answer is “No.”

If we’ve been told yet why Bialek was fired from the NRA back in ’97, let me know. I’ve seen a few allegations, but nothing solid. And we wouldn’t want to cast aspersions on somebody’s reputation without any solid proof, would we?

*That’s right: Now it’s okay to refer to a black man running for president as a “demon.” Well, as long as he’s not a Democrat.

P.S. Second Cain accuser is Obama administration communications pro. Huh. Well, let’s see what she has to say.