TheDaily.com was the first media outlet to publicly reveal the identity of one of Herman Cain’s first two sexual harassment victims.
Karen Kraushaar, a 55-year-old former journalist and horse enthusiast, originally did not come forward with the allegations against Republican frontrunner Herman Cain. She had no plans to, either.
Kraushaar worked on the Elian Gonzalez case, and is employed at the White House Inspector’s General Office of the Treasury Department as a communications director.
Her attorney, Joel Bennett, had already made a statement to the press, saying, “Those complaints were resolved in an agreement with her acceptance of a monetary settlement.”
According to Bennett, this is when the actual confidentiality agreement was created, prohibiting her to talk to the media now that Cain seeks the presidency.
However, the National Restaurant Association, of which Cain presided when he allegedly harassed the women, decided to lift the agreement. This allows various accusers to come forward, should they choose to do so.
Kraushaar isn’t part of that crowd. She and her husband “see no value in revisiting this matter now, nor in discussing this matter further, publicly or privately. In fact, it would be extremely painful to do so,” says Bennett.
Unfortunately for the couple, they have been exposed anyways.
In lieu of recent events, Kraushaar’s family and friends have come forward to testify to her character.
“She wouldn’t be the type to make false allegations,” said her brother-in-law Ned Kraushaar to The Daily. “This happened [more than] 10 years ago. It’s not like she wanted to try and hurt the Republican Party.”
Although the incident has gone public now, Kraushaar never revealed anything about it, even to her friends.
“[Karen] is very reliable and has lots of integrity. I don’t know what happened. I don’t want to know. Enough is enough. She is quality,” said a close friend, Jennie Williams.
It is understandable why Kraushaar desired privacy regarding the sexual harassment and the subsequent agreement: she has had a distinguished career.
She was a spokeswoman for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, working closely with the Elian Gonzalez case. After that, she functioned as a communications specialist for the Tax Advocate Service. Finally, she has moved to the White House, the pinnacle of government career employment.
Politico was the first to break the Cain sexual harassment scandal, and since then, the GOP presidential candidate has vehemently denied all accusations.
“All allegations of harassment against Mr. Cain are false,” said the frontrunner’s campaign in a statement yesterday.