Mark Block Embarrasses the Cain Campaign with Disastrous Lie
November 9, 2011 4 Comments
As if Herman Cain needed any more negative publicity, his own campaign director was caught literally fabricating a story line in a PR scramble against the bombardment of harassment allegations. While I have stated on numerous occasions that I feel there is sufficient evidence to support Cain’s innocence, the only way to come to that conclusion would be through the truth. The media is the chief architect of inventing news stories, everyone already knows that. There’s no reason for us to do it, there’s enough actual fact out there to acquit Cain and distance him from the allegations brought forth by the four accusers.
The most recent one to go public was Karen Kraushaar. This allegation surrounded something Cain had supposedly said to her that made her feel uncomfortable. She never really wanted to go public or get involved in the mess but was forced to when her name was leaked out by the media. Now she worked in the treasury department underneath a man who was appointed back during the Bush administration, and some conservative sources tried to exploit some connection she supposedly had with Obama.
As if that wasn’t bad enough the Cain campaign, under the direction of Mark Block, goes public with a claim that Karen was the mother of a politico reporter, Josh Kraushaar. As The Right Scoop points out, Mark even went on television claiming that they had CONFIRMED this connection. So not only was he factually incorrect, but then he lied on top of it.
It wasn’t just that Josh no longer worked for politico. He also wasn’t even related to Karen at all!
It’s difficult enough to have to spend the majority of your time on the campaign trail trying to fight off sexual harassment/assault rumors. To be making rumors up on the national stage is a death knell to any sane campaign and rightly so. We have spent so much time trying to prove to the public that we believe Cain has integrity. In the interest of being an objective judge, this kind of mistake is indefensible. Fact checking is essential. When someone tells me that they have confirmed something, they are asking me to put forth my trust that what they are saying is true. That trust is very difficult to regain once it’s been lost. Cain’s own staff is dangerous to him, and that’s a serious problem on the national stage.
There is a way Cain can get out of this and play damage control, and that would be to promptly fire Mark Block. I daresay with the media’s assault on him in the last two weeks that will likely find new fans for the flames, that it may be too little too late. The prospects were already starting to look bleak in week 2, that without a stellar performance in all aspects of the campaign, would not turn out good for a Cain nomination.