|Sharon Bialek with attorney Gloria Allred|
Laying all that aside, there's the credibility problem of Cain's accuser. By all accounts, people who know her describe her as a gold digger with a spotty work history who tries living well beyond her means, has twice filed for bankruptcy and has been a party to a paternity action. Despite the outrageous conduct she accused Cain of engaging in when she supposedly was interviewing for a job working for him at the National Restaurant Association in Washington (he can't recall meeting her), she never filed a formal complaint against him. Hmmm. Bialek is represented by Gloria Allred, a highly-partisan Democratic, media attention-seeking attorney who has a long history of representing women making dubious accusations against prominent Republican politicians at politically convenient times. The Sun-Times' Michael Sneed picks up on some other matters that call Bialek's credibility into question:
- A Sneed source who is familiar with several men Bialek dated claims she registered on a Jewish dating Internet site years ago. But when dates showed up, she’d tell them she wasn’t Jewish — did they mind?
- Bialek tells a Sneed source she not only broke off her engagement last February to Mark Harwood, but she sold the five-figure diamond engagement ring he had given her.
- Maybe one reason Cain claims not to recognize her: Bialek’s looks have changed since 14 years ago. “I’ve probably packed on a few pounds,” she told Jacobson. [She also started dying her hair blonde].