Karen Kraushaar, a 55-year-old former journalist was outed Tuesday as one of three women who filed sexual harassment complaints against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. And according to the New York Pos, Kraushaar also works for the Obama administration.
Since 2010, Kraushaar has served as a communications director at the Inspector General’s Office of the Treasury Department.
Kraushaar has not returned phone calls left by The Daily thus far.
The Post adds:
“She wouldn’t be the type to make false allegations,” brother-in-law Ned Kraushaar, a Georgia software consultant, told The Daily. “This happened [more than] 10 years ago. It’s not like she wanted to try and hurt the Republican Party.”
Until now, three of the four women who had lodged complaints against Cain had remained anonymous.
The Washington Post reports that Kraushaar said she never wanted to go public, but since a news organization published her name Tuesday, she is now ready to appear before cameras and speak out.
“I am interested in a joint press conference for all the women where we would all be together with our attorneys and all of these allegations could be reviewed as a collective body of evidence,” Kraushaar told the Washington Post.
“When you’re in a work situation where you are being sexually harassed, you are in an extremely vulnerable position,” Kraushaar said. “You do whatever you can to quickly get yourself a job someplace where you will be safe. That is what I thought I had achieved when I left.”
The Washington Post adds:
Kraushaar, who was hired as TIGTA’s communications director in 2010, is “a supreme good worker” who is smart, articulate and an outside-the-box thinker, according to a person familiar with her work.
Last Thursday, Kraushaar read a statement in a senior staff meeting telling colleagues that she was the woman accusing Cain of sexual harassment, according to the source. During the meeting, Kraushaar asked colleagues not to discuss the matter publicly, but said she wanted them to know about it.
She is “an extraordinarily good person,” said Jennie Williams, Kraushaar’s friend. “She 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.”
“Quality” or not, one has to question the source of such a conveniently timed accusation when that source works for the Democratic incumbent.
Meanwhile, Kraushaar has recently released the following statement:
The reason sexual harassment is so difficult to prove is that workplace sexual predators try to make sure the victim is alone when the harassment takes place. The incidents in question occurred many years ago, but corroboration may still be possible with respect to some of the incidents, and in some cases it may even be possible to find witnesses.
For 12 years, I honored the confidentiality agreement, as required by law. It was only when reporters pursued a tip they received from NRA employees and a former board member that they confronted me with it. Though reliving it is extremely painful, it is now no longer a private matter but a matter of public interest, and therefore I have decided that if my employer will allow it, I would be willing to appear in a joint press conference with all of the other women who were harassed, and our attorneys, so that we can present together what happened and the court of public opinion can consider the allegations as a body of evidence
This post has been updated.