The sexual harassment allegations against Republican front-runner Herman Cain can be traced back to the Democratic machine in Chicago and “Obama consigliere” David Axelrod, Ann Coulter contends.
Although Cain never has lived or worked in Chicago, the allegations have “curious” links to the Windy City, President Barack Obama’s adopted hometown and the “home of the Daley machine,” Coulter wrote Wednesday in an Op-Ed for the conservative website HumanEvents.com
Sheila O’Grady, who has ties to Axelrod, former senior adviser to Obama, is suspected of digging up the harassment allegations from Cain’s old personnel record at the National Restaurant Association, Coulter wrote.
O’Grady “went straight from being former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley’s chief of staff to president of the Illinois Restaurant Association,” she wrote.
“The Daley-controlled IRA works hand-in-glove with the NRA. And strangely enough, Cain's short, three-year tenure at the NRA is evidently the only period in his decades-long career during which he's alleged to have been a sexual predator,” Coulter said.
O’Grady has denied any involvement, saying she didn’t know Cain while he was at the NRA.
Coulter also says Sharon Bialek, who accused Cain of groping her when she asked him for help getting a job, used to live in Axelrod’s Chicago apartment building. Coulter also points out that Bialek has financial troubles and has been described by acquaintances as a “gold-digger.”
“The reason all this is relevant is that both Axelrod and Daley have a history of smearing political opponents by digging up claims of sexual misconduct against them,” Coulter said.
Coulter said former Chicago Fire Commissioner John Brooks filed a lawsuit claiming Daley threatened to smear him with sexual harassment accusations if Brooks didn't resign.
“The only reason Obama became a U.S. senator — allowing him to run for president — is that David Axelrod pulled sealed divorce records out of a hat, first, against Obama's Democratic primary opponent, and then against Obama's Republican opponent,” Coulter argued.
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