Surpringly, some of the reliably left-wing news agencies are actually doing their job. Today the AP has a story about Karen Kraushaar that contains a number of interesting tidbits, especially when you read between the lines.
She settled a complaint with NRA in 1999 and then filed another complaint about treatment at her next job about 3 years later through the same lawyer. She was then an INS spokesperson. Three of her former supervisors anonymously gave some details to the AP, and we've been told for the past two weeks that we are supposed to believe anonymous reports, correct?
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.
So let's see.... That would add up to a minimum $50K fellowship, some number of thousands of dollars outright, thousands of dollars worth of leave, a promotion, and a five-figure salary bump (which also bumps benefits and pension). It would be easy to see it as being worth $250K give or take a little. That would make a nice payday vs the $45K she got from the NRA because it hurt her feelings that Cain said she was as tall as his wife. So what happened with her complaint?
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.
Well isn't that interesting. She considered a $250K payoff "minor" - so minor that she blew it off then and doesn't recall it now. But gee, Herman Cain is supposed to recall every detail of everything he did (or even didn't do) in the 1990s, but his accuser can't even recall something that happened in the 2000s. Uh, anybody else have a problem with this picture? Well she does recall a little bit.
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.
Kraushaar told the AP that she remembered the complaint focusing on supervisors denying her the opportunity to work from home after her car accident. She said other employees were allowed to work from home.
Let's think about this. She must have been making high five figures or low six figures for a promotion to be worth more than $1K/month, so let's say $100K. Was she still able to act as a spokesperson after her accident? If so, that would seem to involve lots of travel and lots of face to face meetings. If she wasn't able to do her job but still getting paid as if she were, then why whine about anything?
She left DOJ after that dustup and moved to DOT, where she is a spokeswoman in the office of the IG for tax administration. Maybe Obama can help her get that promotion now, since after a decade or more in the federal government she's still a lowly spokesperson apparently.
Seriously though, no one but Cain and these women know what really happened. But it seems to me these women coming forward out of the shadows doesn't enhance their believability once you look under the covers. Let's hope the press continues to do their job and report both sides.