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CAMPAIGN 2012

A Tale of Two Kraushaars

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Presidential hopeful Herman Cain approaches the podium at Americans for Prosperity's Defending the American Dream Summit at the DC Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011.(Chet Susslin)

When I first heard that one of Herman Cain's accusers had the same last name as me, I immediately recognized there was a possibility I could get sucked into the media firestorm.  After all, Kraushaar isn't the most common surname -- and I worked for Politico for several years.  It wouldn't take much to make for some to wonder if there was some kind of connection. 

But I never expected a presidential campaign spokesman to go on national television, without even contacting me, and falsely implicate me in the whole sordid scandal.  Yesterday I'd received e-mails from dozens of reporters, friends and colleagues asking if I was related to Karen Kraushaar -- and I promptly told them that wasn't the case.  I wasn't contacted at all by Cain's chief of staff Mark Block, or anyone else from Cain's campaign.  Despite that, Block proceeded to go on Sean Hannity's Fox News show to proclaim that I was Karen Kraushaar's son and to suggest I was one of the people who leaked the story.

Anybody with Internet access would, at the very least, been able to figure out that I haven't worked for Politico since June 2010 -- and have been working at National Journal since then.  I even Tweeted the fact that I wasn't related to Karen Kraushaar earlier that evening before Hannity's show to clear up any potential confusion. 

That didn't stop Block.  When I heard what Block had said on Hannity's show, I immediately e-mailed him informing him of his mistake.  I still haven't heard back, though Cain campaign spokesman J.D. Gordon is now correcting the record - over 12 hours later. That's an eternity in the 24-7 news cycle, when most media outlets (conservative, liberal, and non-partisan alike) already had reported the facts. 

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