Karen Kraushaar, a 55-year-old federal employee and registered Republican, has been identified as one of the two women who in the late 1990s settled claims of sexual harassment against 2012 GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, our colleague Liz Halloran reports on the It's All Politics blog and the NPR Newscast.
Kraushaar's identity was first revealed by The Daily, an iPad news site produced by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Until today, her name had not been published. She has not agreed to speak publicly or say more about the incident than her lawyer did last week, but she has confirmed to NPR that she is one of the two women who were reported about by Politico on Oct. 31 — the story that started the series of reports about Cain's alleged actions.
The name of the other woman who settled a claim against Cain from his tme as head of the National Restaurant Association has not been reported.
The revealing of Kraushaar's name follows the claim Monday by another woman, Sharon Bialek of Chicago, that Cain groped her during a 1997 encounter in Washington, D.C.
There have been reports of four woman who accuse Cain of misconduct (the other, whose identity has not been revealed, spoke to The Associated Press). Cain has called all such allegations "baseless." The candidate is due to take questions today at 2:30 p.m. ET on the websites of ABC News and Yahoo, and at 5 p.m. ET during a news conference in Phoenix.
There's much more about Kraushaar, now a communications director for the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration, and the allegations in Liz's post on It's All Politics.