Herman Cain’s first public accuser is a former Chicago radio staffer.
Sharon Bialek worked at Tribune’s WGN radio (720) from 2001 to 2004, when WLS-TV News says she left and soon afterwards accepted a gig at CBS Radio’s WCKG (105.9). Bialek encountered Cain in 1997, when she claims he reached under her skirt as she asked about potential employment. He was running the National Restaurant Association and she’d already been let go from the association in Chicago – but had traveled to Washington DC to meet with Cain, because she needed a job. Channel 7 says Bialek has a history of changing jobs and “appears to have struggled financially.” She filed for personal bankruptcy twice, the second time due to large legal bills. That was in 2001, the year she joined WGN. Her fiancé Mark Harwood says "this is truly an American girl who’s got a big heart and wants to do the right thing” by coming forward with her story about what she says happened 14 years ago. Rush Limbaugh talked about Bialek yesterday - making a produced audio joke out of the pronunciation of her last name.