I’m a politics junkie and it’s election season–a very long season. While the presidential election is still a long way off, the candidates are jockeying for position and slinging mud. There used to be the flavor of the month; lately it has escalated to become the flavor of the week. Michele Bachmann has lost her luster; Sarah, not surprisingly, just didn’t want to work that hard, Rick Perry seems to suffer from acute brain fog, which is fine with me–I have very little interest in listening to an evangelist for four years, and Newt can’t gain any traction. The mystery is Herman Cain’s emerging as a favorite, except now it seems he may be a serial harasser.
Politics is all about marketing and advertising, and Cain’s credibility is just another marketing campaign. Political candidates are nothing more than a brand. In the same way that we are bombarded with ads to buy the new iPad or Diestel’s free-range turkeys for Thanksgiving, candidates are trying to convince us that their brand is one of integrity, intelligence and real-world experience that can guide the country out of the recession and debit and into happiness and prosperity.
What and whom to believe? While Herman Cain may be a total pig, it looks like Sharon Bialek has a seedy past. Sexual harassment is inexcusable, but you do have to wonder why Bialek waited 14 years to come forward about Cain. It does smack of opportunism.
In the courts, Ms. Bialek has had a lengthy record in the Cook County Court system over various civil lawsuits. The following cases on file in Cook County are:
- 2000-M1-707461 Defendant against Broadcare Management
- 2000-M1-714398 Defendant in lawsuit against Broadcare Management
- 2000-M1-701522 Defendant in lawsuit against Broadcare Management
- 2005-M1-111072 Defendant in lawsuit against Mr. Mark Beatovic.
- 2007-M1-189176 Defendant in lawsuit against Midland Funding.
- 2009-M1-158826 Defendant in lawsuit against Illinois Lending.
Ms. Bialek was sued in 1999 over a paternity matter, and records show that Ms. Bialek has also filed for bankruptcy in an Illinois bankruptcy court in 1991 and 2001.
Whom to believe? It comes down to Bialek vs Cain, and you can only wonder if his brand is strong enough to sustain this.