***UPDATE: Big Government has confirmed through a source that Sharon Bialek is a Republican who registered to vote in Chicago in 2006 and voted in the 2008 Republican primary and the 2008 general election.
Sharon Bialek, a woman from Chicago who describes herself as a registered Republican, became the fourth woman to accuse GOP front-runner Herman Cain of sexual harassment, and the first to do so on the record with specific allegations
Though she wasn't an employee of Mr. Cain's at the time, according to a statement she read today during a press conference with her attorney Gloria Allred, Ms. Bialek claims Mr. Cain groped her after they shared a 1997 dinner together and that he wanted sexual favors in exchange for his help in finding a job.
Immediately after Bialek's press conference, Mr. Cain released a statement emphatically denying the allegations
Part of Ms. Bialek's statement included the description of a personal encounter she claimed to have had Mr. Cain at WIND's Teacon in October of 2011. She claims to have confronted Mr. Cain and that he became uncomfortable after he recognized her.
Big Government has spoken with a source who helped organize Teacon 2011 and who confirmed that Sharon Bialek attended, as did Mr. Cain (who was a featured speaker
Our source also remembers Ms. Bialek personally, and therefore can confirm that the woman who attended was not a different woman with the same name.
That does not affirm or deny the substance of Ms. Bialek's allegations, nor her account of her interaction with Mr. Cain at Teacon.