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Sharon Bialek’s Fiancé Belatedly Remembers He’s Not Her Fiancé

Posted on | November 12, 2011 | 27 Comments

Things that make you go “hmmmm.”

A northwest suburban man says he needs to clear the air after coming to the support of his fiancee, who accuses GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain of making a sexual play for her.
For starters, Sharon Bialek isn’t his fiancee, said Mark Harwood in an exclusive interview on Wednesday night.
“We were engaged last year in June but I think there have been some assumptions that Sharon still lives here in Mundelein with me” Harwood told the I-Team. “Sharon and her son moved out in February of this year and now live in their own home … so effectively we’re no longer engaged.”
On Monday, when Ms. Bialek was the first of Cain’s alleged groping victim’s to go public, Harwood was contacted by news organizations trying to find out information about her. He did numerous interviews during which he was referred to as her fiancé. “I made reference to the fact that we were engaged and got engaged last June, 2010 and I think the assumption then-we were still engaged. I think most people seemed to be under the belief that Sharon lived [in my house] but she’s not here.”

Here’s video of the interview:

I don’t know if this has any particular significance, but for several days the media wanted the world to think Sharon Bialek was engaged to this guy, because that seemed to undercut suggestions she might be in it for money, e.g.,  Ben Smith at Politico:

In fact, per the Tribune, she’s living with her fiance, described as an executive in the medical equipment industry, in “a large, five-bedroom home… in north suburban Mundelein.”

He was described as her fiancé in the lead of an Associated Press article citing him as corroboration of Bialek’s account (although he didn’t know her in 1997 and says she never told him about it until Nov. 4). It was Thursday before WLS-TV got this interview, so that little bit of misinformation got corrected by the local ABC station in Chicago, three crucial days after it had been widely reported and woven into the media narrative as evidence of Bialek’s credibility.

Like I said: Things that make you go “hmmmm.”


27 Responses to “Sharon Bialek’s Fiancé Belatedly Remembers He’s Not Her Fiancé”

  1. Anonymous
    November 12th, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    “under the assumption” – This assumption would be because only the part about the engagement was mentioned, not the part about she moved out and lives in her own home? Silly little people, making such assumptions. /snark

  2. Anonymous
    November 12th, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    Doesn’t make me go hmmm; just confirms what I’ve known since 2001: Leftists will lie about anything and everything to hurt conservatives, and the RINOs will help.

  3. Anonymous
    November 12th, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

    The truth didn’t fit the narrative.

  4. ThomasD
    November 12th, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    This story has gone about as far as it is going to go.  The LSM cannot take it any further – that would effectively end it.  So instead they’ll just leave it hanging out there as an ‘unresolved’ concern.

    As will the Little Green Aceballs of the world.

  5. Jhl
    November 12th, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

    Mark Harwood was also not very forthcoming about his employment status either. It appears he is currently unemployed and according to his linkedin website is in the process of looking for new  “opportunities”.
    Now if I were a suspicious person…..

  6. ThePaganTemple
    November 12th, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

    They wanted to show the kind of man Bielak would typically date, and since they needed a white face they went with the last serious relationship she had. What this means is that Republicans need to know that if you vote for Herman Cain, you’re voting for a black man around whom no white woman is safe, even if she’s a white woman who “sticks to her own kind”. Before long I expect there to be an equal number of white women, blondes no doubt, who have actually had consensual relationships with Herman Cain. They’ll probably be drug addicts or alkies, and I’ll betcha at least one of them has walked off and abandoned her white husband and kids, for a black man of course. Just wait and see. Democrats have a talent for digging these people up out of the ether-or from central casting. Remember, they have Hollywood connections.

  7. richard mcenroe
    November 12th, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

    NO! You FOOLS!  Don’t you SEE?!  Block referred to himself in the third person without even telling Stacy to use quotation marks!  This means not only is Cain unfit to govern but he probably did all those womyn too!  ELEVENTY!11!!!  Dan Riehl!!! understands this!  Why can’t you?!!!!

  8. Anonymous
    November 12th, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

    OK, I can sort of see this one languishing a bit.  You know how hard it is to straighten out a story once a narrative has been pushed HARD.

    What I want to know is how the hell is it that when a fire breaks out, we get reporters claiming it’s only a flood; there were deaths; there were no injuries or deaths; it’s actually wind that blew something over and it just fell apart; no it’s a fire, and a horse died, but no people; no it was a plane that hit the barn, and the pilot died.  And a small fire was easily put out, or something.

    I don’t trust the first thirty reporters on the scene.

    This is why journalism is dead.  (Well, and all the other reasons, too.)

  9. Zilla of the Resistance
    November 12th, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

    Without having to sit through the full 12 minutes, is there any explanation for why his face looks like that? Maybe whatever injury is responsible also affected his mind so he “forgot” that they weren’t engaged?
    I stand by my assertion that the gold digging serially litigious bitch is not credible, nor is the other bitch who happens to be an Obama operative.
    And yes, those lying bitches are, indeed, bitches. It’s bitches like them who screw everything up for decent respectable ladies and men.

  10. g b
    November 12th, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    He does say that he is unemployed at this time in the article.

    “Mr. Harwood is unemployed, but says he received a sizable severance
    from his last job with a Chicago pharmaceutical company and is now
    looking for work as a business consultant.”

    He also states, ‘”I’ve not filed for bankruptcy” although he admits having lost money on
    a $1.2 million suburban home when the economy tanked and on a “long,
    tortuous and complicated divorce.” ‘

    What I would like to know is has anyone found the “boyfriend” who in 1997 suggested she contact Mr. Cain and who reserved the room for her in DC?

  11. ThomasD
    November 12th, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

    Yeah, I mean why would the fact she bailed on her sugar right about the time he found out he was getting canned have anything to do with her character?

  12. Anonymous
    November 12th, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

    Hmmmmm……..I have to wonder if his desire to set the record straight, that she does not live with him, has anything to do with a sudden increase in calls from bill collectors….. 

  13. SignPainterGuy
    November 12th, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

    They also have Axlerod !

  14. Dianna Deeley
    November 12th, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    I shouldn’t “like” that – it’s so mean – but I thought exactly the same thing.

  15. Adjoran
    November 12th, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

    There’s a technical term used in the South for someone like Bialek:  “hinky.”

    As an example:  “Well, she was nice enough, and well dressed, but there was just something hinky about her.”

  16. Joe
    November 12th, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

    WHAT!  You mean this guy let a catch like Sharon Bialek get away!!!!!

    Boy he dodged that bullet didn’t he! 

  17. Anonymous
    November 12th, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

    Yeah, that third-person thing.  People just need to get over it.  It reminds me of how everyone used to dump on people talking on cell phones, because it’s just a way of conspicuously showing off wealth, or something.

    (People still do it, even though everyone has ’em.  Watch the vids of Michell Obama in the soup kitchen.  She’s being video’ed by “poor folks,” using their iPhones.)

    K_Bob will begin using third person until morale improves.

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    November 12th, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

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  19. Christy Waters
    November 12th, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

    A white face, and a crooked one at that.

  20. Anonymous
    November 12th, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

    Journalism may be dead but The JournoList lives on. Propaganda has been given a bolus of epinephrine and body armor.

  21. Liz
    November 12th, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

    “Yeah, that third-person thing.  People just need to get over it.”

    Actually, no. Block is scarily incompetent. There is no way that the reaction to these accusations – which I think are BS – should have been so cack-handed.

    It’s like with Perry’s brainfart. It’s not so much the occurence itself as how it confirms wider suspicions. Romney might have been helped if he had done it himself, because it would have made him look more human.

    As it was, it was terrible for Perry because his problem was not likeability; it was that people suspected he was not intellectually up to the job.

    Again, Block’s referring to himself in the third person might have helped the Romney campaign by making him look more human. With Cain, it reinforces the suspicion that he’s not up to the job. His staffers reflect on him. If Block is Cain’s main man, who cannot be fired, then it makes Cain look incompetent.

    Block needs to go.

  22. Anonymous
    November 12th, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

    K_Bob thinks you are overanalyzing.  Block did a damn fine job getting Cain’s numbers up to the level they were at.  You don’t fire the coach when the team is having a winning season.

    (K_Bob is not inviting comment about Penn State, but he knows some wag will make one anyway.)

  23. Anonymous
    November 12th, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

    Bless her heart.

  24. richard mcenroe
    November 12th, 2011 @ 6:18 pm

    OK, let’s get it over with:  judging by the game they’re no so tough with someone their own size…

  25. Fiancee who Came to Cain Accuser, Bialek’s Defense – Not Actually Her Fiancee « Nice Deb
    November 12th, 2011 @ 6:32 pm

    […] RS McCain notes that the MSM made a point of mentioning Harwood was financially secure, living very comfortably in an affluent neighborhood. Ben Smith, for instance, reported in the Politico: In fact, per the Tribune, she’s living with her fiance, described as an executive in the medical equipment industry, in “a large, five-bedroom home… in north suburban Mundelein.” Although McCain isn’t sure this has any particular significance, he does say it make him go hmmmmm. It was Thursday before WLS-TV got this interview, so that little bit of misinformation got corrected by the local ABC station in Chicago, three crucial days after it had been widely reported and woven into the media narrative as evidence of Bialek’s credibility. Like I said: Things that make you go “hmmmm.” […]

  26. Anonymous
    November 12th, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

    I think this gets one more push, AllDred has barely got a week out of this the other named accuser won’t do the joint press conference with out at least some of the others, but Ailred’s got some time invested that I’m sure she expected some return on.

  27. Edward
    November 12th, 2011 @ 11:44 pm

    Whether a politician or a pundit.  Any time a conservative follows a liberal’s lead it always ends up going off a cliff.

    You’d think people would have learned by now.