Block falsely links Cain accuser with reporter
November 8th, 2011
11:39 PM ET
11 years ago

Block falsely links Cain accuser with reporter

(CNN) - Herman Cain's chief-of-staff Mark Block on Tuesday wrongly claimed that the son of a woman who accused Cain of sexual harassment worked at POLITICO, a news outlet that first broke the story.

"At the press conference it was brought up that Karen Kraushaar had come out as one of the women, and we've come to find out that her son works at Politico," Block said.

Kraushaar told CNN Tuesday that she accused Cain of sexual harassment when he led the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s. Details of her case emerged through her lawyer last week, but she refused to go public at the time.

When asked if Block had confirmed the information about her "son," the chief-of-staff said "yes."

"We've confirmed ... that he does indeed work at POLITICO and that's his mother, yes," Block said.

But the man whom Block appears to be talking about–Josh Kraushaar–said he's not related to Karen Kraushaar. He previously worked at POLITICO but now works at National Journal, a news outlet that covers public affairs.

"Mark Block doesn't have his facts straight," Josh Kraushaar said in a statement obtained by CNN. "I am not related in any way to Karen Kraushaar, and I haven't worked at Politico since June 2010."

Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon acknowledged Block's mistake in an email to CNN.

"Based upon information available at the time of Mr. Block's Tuesday night interview on Fox News, the campaign was led to believe that Mr. Josh Kraushaar, currently with the National Journal and a former employee of Politico, was the son of Karen Kraushaar," Gordon said. "Mr. Josh Kraushaar is in fact, not related to Ms. Karen Kraushaar."

–CNN's Steve Brusk and Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Wangman

    Mark Block's false and libelous assertions tonight on Hannity that DC reporter Josh Kraushaar works for Politico and is the son of one of the women who alledged past sexual harassment by Herman Cain is the height of ignorance. The story was debunked well before Block went on Hannity. Just because the two have the same unique last name doesn't make a connection. Unless you happen to be the uninformed and ignorant Mark Block who repeatedly confirmed the connection on national television. At least CNN checks the facts first.

    November 8, 2011 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  2. crowtrob

    typical cain staff quality of info and research

    November 8, 2011 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  3. Nathan

    Really makes me wonder how well Cain would do with national intelligence issues.

    November 9, 2011 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  4. James Kruk

    About the standard of excellence I'm expecting from the Cain campaign at this point.

    November 9, 2011 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  5. Sam

    Knows his facts like his boss...

    November 9, 2011 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  6. jboh

    Bye Bye Hermie.

    November 9, 2011 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  7. Nigel H

    That's the quality of the Cain campaign showing...

    November 9, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |