Herman Cain will hold a press conference today in Scottsdale, Arizona at 3 p.m. Arizona time (5 p.m. E.T.) to respond to allegations made on Monday by a woman, Sharon Bialek, represented by infamous attorney Gloria Allred.
“It is noteworthy that Gloria Allred is a celebrity lawyer who specializes in generating publicity for herself and her clients,” Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon said in a statement. “Ms. Allred is a high-profile Democrat Party donor and activist who has given over ten thousand dollars to liberal Democrats like Barack Obama, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.”
Gordon, perhaps previewing what will be a combative press conference in which the Cain campaign goes on the offense, said, “The questions the media should be asking are who’s paying for Gloria Allred’s fee, how did Ms. Bialek get introduced to Ms. Allred, and was she paid to come forward with these false accusations or was she promised employment?”
Gordon also highlighted Bialek’s financial difficulties.
“After attacking Herman Cain through anonymous accusers for a week, his opponents have now convinced a woman with a long history of severe financial difficulties, including personal bankruptcy, to falsely accuse the Republican frontrunner of events occurring over a decade ago for which there is no record, nor even a complaint filed,” Gordon said.
Bialek has accused Cain of attempting to fondle her while the two were in a car when she came to Washington, D.C. to speak to Cain about a job, after she had been laid off from her National Restaurant Association position in Chicago.
Immediately after Bialek and Allred held a press conference in New York, Cain’s campaign immediately and emphatically asserted Bialek’s allegations were false.
“All allegations of harassment against Mr. Cain are completely false,” Gordon said. “Mr. Cain has never harassed anyone.”
Later, Cain sent a commentary to his supporters denouncing the media.
“I am a serious person, …” Cain wrote. “Unfortunately, the media-driven process by which one must seek this opportunity is fundamentally unserious. I have touched on this before – the emphasis on “gaffes,” gotcha questions and time devoted to trivial nonsense – and everyone knows the process only became further detached from relevance this week as the media published anonymous, ancient, vague personal allegations against me.”
Cain wrote that “once this kind of nonsense starts, the media’s rules say you have to act in a certain way” but defiantly stated the though he is “well aware of these rules” that he would “refuse to play by them.”
“There are several reasons for this,” Cain wrote. “One is that, lest anyone forget, we actually have serious matters to talk about. Since the media went bananas over this so-called story, my schedule has not changed in the slightest. I have continued to make all planned public appearances. I have continued to answer questions about my 9-9-9 tax reform plan. I have continued to do everything else that our strategy proscribes.”
Cain also said “another reason I refuse to play by these rules is that, by doing it my way, I’m getting much better results. My fundraising has skyrocketed since all this nonsense began.”
Cain also emphasized his past successes in turning around struggling businesses and noted that he had “thousands of employees working for me” while he “held various executive positions in corporate America for several decades.”
“I can’t even begin to recall how many conversations I had with people during that time, how many directives I gave, how much friendly banter might have taken place,” Cain added.
Cain then blistered the mainstream media for “engaging in a ‘hatchet job’” by allowing anonymous women to accuse him of unspecified wrongdoings.
To cap his day, Cain went on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on late night and said that his wife Gloria had watched the press conference and commented to him that what “that women described, that doesn’t even sound like you.”
Cain said that steam was coming out of his ears while he was watching the press conference in San Francisco, where he spoke to an industry group, and that after watching the Allred and Bialek’s appearance he decided that he knew he had to confront these false allegations head on.
Cain told Kimmel that he was “listening very closely” to the press conference and told his staff, “Well, I know what we [have to] do because there is not an ounce of truth to all of these allegations” and that is why his team scheduled a press conference for today to “set the record straight.”