Allred donates to Democrats but goes after both parties
November 8th, 2011
01:10 PM ET
11 years ago

Allred donates to Democrats but goes after both parties

(CNN) - As Herman Cain fights back against the only woman to so far come forward and publicly accuse the businessman and Republican presidential candidate of sexual harassment, Cain and his campaign are also targeting Gloria Allred, the woman's high-profile attorney.

Sharon Bialek alleges that Cain groped her following a dinner in 1997. Bialek's allegations, made Tuesday at a news conference in New York City orchestrated by Allred, came as Cain was in his second week of battling sexual harassment allegations dating back to his tenure as head of the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s.

Cain vigorously dismissed the claims in an appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Monday night, saying, "the feelings that you have when you know that all of this is totally fabricated - you go from anger, then you get disgusted," and added that "there's not an ounce of truth in all of these accusations."

But Cain also fired away at Allred, telling Kimmell, "Let me put it to you this way: I can't think of anything that I would hire her to do, okay? I can't think of a thing."

And a Cain campaign statement said that "activist celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred is bringing forth more false accusations against the character of Republican front-runner Herman Cain."

While Bialek says she's a Republican, Allred is a major contributor to Democrats. According to Federal Election Commission records dating back to 1998, Allred has given more than $10,000 to Democratic candidates and party committees, including the presidential campaigns of Senators John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.

But while she's a big backer of Democratic candidates, she's targeted men from both parties over allegations of sexual harassment.

Earlier this year Allred represented former porn star Ginger Lee, who claimed that she received racy emails from Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York. At a New York news conference, accompanied by Allred, Lee claimed that she had about a three-month internet exchange with the married congressman, which she described as sexually charged conversations. She also claimed that Weiner pressured her to lie about their online conversations.

The next day, a month after his Twitter account first showed lewd photos of the representative, Weiner resigned. Weiner initially said the photos were the work of a hacker, but later recanted his story and apologized for his actions.

Allred also was critical of Democratic President Bill Clinton, calling on him to resign in 1998 because of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

"Let me say that I speak out in support of my clients and in support of women and whether those men are Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or no party at all. I criticize Anthony Weiner recently in New York with another client who said he should resign the next day and he did. He had engaged in inappropriate text messaging with her," said Allred Tuesday on CNN's "American Morning."

"I criticized President Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky issue when he lied to the American people and lied under oath and he was a Democrat and I was a Democrat. I was an elected Hillary delegate to the Democratic convention. To me it doesn't matter the party of the man."

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser and Political Research Director Robert Yoon contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. jerry@Dallas

    Good luck with your call for Cain to go, Allred. Republicans do not resign! The Louisiana Congressman is still in Congress. The guy from Nevada went at his own time. Former California Governor did his terms then divorced Maria. Former S.C Governor did his time then he got mega million contract with Fox. IT IS CALLED FAMILY VALUES ! Do you realize what kind of laws Republican Governors and those in Congress are busy passing? ALL AGAINST WOMEN and the most comical is the Mississippi one that sperms are human!
    I am ashamed to be Republican but we will see soon.

    November 8, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. California Conservative

    FACT: Gloria Allred is a liberal political hack. She'll literally do ANYTHING to progress the liberal agenda.

    November 8, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Howard

    You've got to be delusional, if you accept the word of this opportunistic floozy, who appears out of nowhere, 15 years after the supposed incident, and is reading off a fabricated statement, prepared by gloria allred ... yes, gloria allred ... the scandal monger, frivilous litigator, who has zero credibility. And, all this character assination of a self-made man, worthy of respect, like Herman Cain, while, a worthless invention, like obama, is literally destroying America before our very eyes.

    November 8, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. vendetta73

    @ California Conservative: if that were true, she certainly wouldn't be going after Cain. The person who gains the most from all this is Romney, and as a fellow liberal hack, believe me when I say that we'd all prefer Cain as the Republican nominee!

    November 8, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. diridi

    Donate to Democrats. They are the nation's Poor man resource. Not corporate and Oil thugs Greed like GOP idiots. Do not be COW....(cat on wall)......good luck, lady...Obama2012.

    November 8, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Ed DFWTX

    I can just hear the GOP following yapping their usual bs – " Gloria Alred is a femi-Nazi, bleeding heart liberal! " I guess anyone who is against a Repub and for the truth is a bad liberal! Can you imagine what they would say if Jesus Christ, the woirld's first bleeding heart liberal, was here today? "That dirty hippie, he needs to take a bath" ot "he's a socialist becuase he cares about the poor." The so callred values party is lacking a lot of values and morals today! Cain is just another example.

    November 8, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. normajean @ verizon ,com

    FIRST........Gloria Allred is a legitimate attorney and because a number of known people turn to her in need, we see more of her than others. She is not a liberal hack. Some people just don;t know a professional when they see one.. SECOND, This young woman who has come forward with her story may be the only public verification, but two or three others have been well payed off to keep quiet, so I think there's enough going on to find reason for doubting that Cain is presidential material!!!!


    November 8, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. Rsprings

    As I am from California I am familiar with Alllred and her many causes over the years. If there is a chance she can get in front of a camera she take the case. I suspect she even goes looking for cases just for attention. When she comes on any program as an "expert" I usually change the channel.. For her there is no cause bigger tan her own need for publicity.

    November 8, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Hector

    California Conservative states:
    FACT: Gloria Allred is a liberal political hack. She'll literally do ANYTHING to progress the liberal agenda.

    The FACT is Cain as a problem and like most repub will never take resposibility for their actions but run around preaching morality when they are the biggest hypocrite around. So while you are labeling this lawyer take a look at yourself for condoning what Cain as done and requesting him to speak the truth!!! Liberals is so far from being afraid of Cain who is a non-factor!

    November 8, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. jim

    Allred has all the warmth and charm of a cobra.

    November 8, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. moderatejoe

    Allred is all self promotion all the time.

    November 8, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. California Conservative

    Hector – You're forgetting the main issue and that's PROOF. It's a well known fact Gloria Allred is a hack and a half if you live in California. Another one came out and she's working in the Obama administration.

    Everyone knows liberals will do ANYTHING to progress their agenda, yes even LIE.

    November 8, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. unsub

    isnt the victim a republican? so what the hell are u folks mad at! this isnt a fabricated liberal attack!

    November 8, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Mikey

    @California Conservative – If she were working for Obama on this one, she would not be attacking Cain now. It would be best for the President's reelection chances if Cain, Perry, or one of the other Tea Party darlings got the GOP nomination. Then she would attack them. This has the odor of Carl Rove all over it. He wants an electable candidate to win and has been actively criticising Perry and Cain. Don't forget the robocalls accusing McCain of having a bi-racial child in the 2000 primaries in South Carolina – that was Rove.

    November 8, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. Mikey

    California Conservative
    FACT: Gloria Allred is a liberal political hack. She'll literally do ANYTHING to progress the liberal agenda.

    Once again, conservatives show they don't know the difference between an opinion and a fact. You can't fix stupid.

    November 8, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. unsub

    look, cain is not going down for harassment, hes going down for harassing a white woman!

    November 8, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    I love how "California Conservative" popped up just to comment on the KochCain threads. I'm guessing a KochCain campaign worker is making some extra money this month. And, BTW, CC, you can spin like an amusement park ride, and the facts don't change: The Dems don't have anything to do with this; look at your fellow GOBP deathcult candidates. Because in Reality Land (a place you rarely, if ever visit), the Dems would love to see President Obama wipe the floor with KochCain's ignorant butt.

    November 8, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. malabar

    Feeding frenzy. odd how allred, supposed champion of women, is able to make fun of serious charges. she joked about it being a stimulus package. yeah, her heart is in the right place. as for repubs preaching morality, i also do not hear dems preaching the virtue of molesting pig interns with cigars. are dems hypocrites? hahaha! and about Jesus being a liberal, when exactly did he run an abortion clinic, i forget the passage.

    November 8, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |

    @ Cali Conservative – Like most conservatives who have ZERO credibilty, you attempt to make your point with half truths. What ever Gloria Allred is well known as, what we DO KNOW is that the Natl. Restaurant Assoc. settled to 2-, thats two cases of alledged harrasment against Cain, the only thing we don't know are the details....I know this is going to fall on deaf ears, but don't continue to use your blind hate of dems & Obama from closing your mind to facts, not opinion.......

    November 8, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. Rick McDaniel

    There was never any doubt, that the motivation for these attacks, was from the Democrats. None at all.

    November 8, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Mark

    @California Conservative..

    And as an Independent with no party affiliation at all, you come across as a conservative hack that will do anything to advance YOUR party. That she has gone after people in either party tells me she goes to bat for her client – regardless of who the offender is – including Clinton; if you can't grasp that than that doesn't say much for you.

    Cain's a dog with fleas, sooner you folks figure that out and clean up your own backyard the better

    November 8, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |