Tag: presidential candidate

She’s made a career of this?

It looks like one of those Cain accusers thinks that filing such complaints is just another tool in the employment negotiations toolbox, and has a history of using these complaints to force employers to give her perks, breaks, rewards, or all of the above:

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman who settled a sexual harassment complaint against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain in 1999 complained three years later at her next job about unfair treatment, saying she should be allowed to work from home after a serious car accident and accusing a manager of circulating a sexually charged email, The Associated Press has learned.

Karen Kraushaar, 55, filed the complaint while working as a spokeswoman at the Immigration and Naturalization Service in the Justice Department in late 2002 or early 2003, with the assistance of her lawyer, Joel Bennett, who also handled her earlier sexual harassment complaint against Cain in 1999. Three former supervisors familiar with Kraushaar’s complaint, which did not include a claim of sexual harassment, described it for the AP under condition of anonymity because the matter was handled internally by the agency and was not public.

To settle the complaint at the immigration service, Kraushaar initially demanded thousands of dollars in payment, a reinstatement of leave she used after the accident earlier in 2002, promotion on the federal pay scale and a one-year fellowship to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, according to a former supervisor familiar with the complaint. The promotion itself would have increased her annual salary between $12,000 and $16,000, according to salary tables in 2002 from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Kraushaar told the AP she considered her employment complaint “relatively minor” and she later dropped it.
“The concern was that there may have been discrimination on the job and that I was being treated unfairly,” Kraushaar said.

Kraushaar said Tuesday she did not remember details about the complaint and did not remember asking for a payment, a promotion or a Harvard fellowship. Bennett, her lawyer, declined to discuss the case with the AP, saying he considered it confidential. Kraushaar left her job at the immigration service after dropping the complaint in 2003, and she went to work at the Treasury Department.

That’s a pattern there. This woman seems to think that everyone is out to get her, or if you are inclined to be as cynical as I am, sees these complaints as a useful tool to get things she otherwise would not get. Neither bodes well for her.

Kraushaar’s complaint was based on supervisors denying her request to work full time from home after a serious car accident in 2002, three former supervisors said. Two of them said Kraushaar also was denied previous requests to work from home before the car accident.

Things that make you go hmmm…..

I Didn’t Create A Single Job

You wanna know why I like Gary Johnson? This is why I like Gary Johnson:

Presidential candidate Gary Johnson took a slightly unorthodox approach regarding job creation on Thursday. “I didn’t create a single job,” said the former Governor of New Mexico.

His statement came in response to a National Review article that complimented Johnson on his record as governor, saying that when compared to the other governors running for president, the rate of job growth was highest under his watch.

“Don’t get me wrong,” Johnson said in a statement. “We are proud of this distinction. We had a 11.6 percent job growth that occurred during our two terms in office. But the headlines that accompanied that report – referring to governors, including me, as ‘job creators’ – were just wrong.”

“The fact is, I can unequivocally say that I did not create a single job while I was governor,” Johnson added. Instead, “we kept government in check, the budget balanced, and the path to growth clear of unnecessary regulatory obstacles.”

It’s like Ron Paul without the crazy.

Johnson is absolutely right, of course. Government is not a magic wand — it does not create anything. What it does is create the conditions under which creation can happen. Some of that involves government doing things — keeping the environment clean, building roads, funding peer-reviewed basic research, enforcing the law.

But mostly it involves not doing things, such as Bush 41’s decision to not subsidize HDTV. I strongly believe that the future of our economy is in technological innovation, especially on the energy side. And I also thing the best way to strangle that innovation is for the government to be picking the winners and losers.

I really hope Johnson is in the next debate. He’ll add an element of liberty-oriented conservatism that is sorely lacking.

Edwards Indicted

It’s going to take an awful lot of channelling of cerebral palsy victims to get out of this one:

Former Democratic vice presidential nominee and two-time presidential candidate John Edwards pleaded not guilty Friday to conspiracy and campaign law violations, acknowledging that he had “done wrong,” but denying that he broke the law.

His plea came hours after a federal grand jury indicted him on six counts, including conspiracy, issuing false statements and violating campaign contribution laws.

“There’s no question that I’ve done wrong,” Edwards told reporters outside federal court in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “But I did not break the law and I never, ever thought I was breaking the law.”

He was released on his own recognizance, but was ordered to surrender his passport and remain within the lower 48 states.

If convicted on all counts, Edwards would face up to 30 years in prison and a maximum fine of $1.5 million.

I have not follow the case closely enough to know how this will go down once it gets to a courtroom. As much as I despise Edwards, it does seem a bit of a reach to claim that supporters paying off his mistress constituted improper campaign contributions. But the weight of precedent and the grand jury seem to indicate that Edwards’ goose is cooked.