Mark Block falsely alleges that Cain accuser’s son works for Politico

Paul Conner Executive Editor
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Mark Block, chief of staff for Herman Cain’s presidential campaign, alleged Tuesday that one of Cain’s accusers has a son who works at Politico, trying to paint the media outlet as having extra motivation to cover the Cain allegations.

Trouble is that Block’s statement, made on Tuesday’s broadcast of “Hannity” on Fox News Channel, is false.

Block said that the campaign had confirmed that Karen Kraushaar, whose name was outed Tuesday in media outlets as one of the women accusing Cain of sexual harassment, has a son who currently works for Politico.

“We’ve confirmed that he does indeed work at Politico and that’s his mother, yes,” Block said. (FLASHBACK: Block accuses Perry campaign of leaking allegations, demands apology)

Josh Kraushaar worked for Politico from 2007 to 2010, when he moved to National Journal to become executive editor of The Hotline, but he denied that he is the accuser’s son.

“Mark Block must get his facts from Internet comment boards, based on comments to Hannity,” Kraushaar tweeted. “Not related to Karen K and don’t work at Politico.”

Another tweet, posted before Block’s appearance on Hannity, read: “If anyone was wondering, I am NOT related to Karen Kraushaar, the woman who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment. Strange coincidence.”

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