How does a federal worker keep his or her agency out of the news? One surefire way is to simply not do anything newsworthy.
Too late on that front for Karen Kraushaar, the spokeswoman for the Treasury Department’s inspector general, who accused former GOP candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment when both of them were working at the National Restaurant Association.
So when Kraushaar was the keynote speaker at a conference for federal communications officials on Friday, where she delivered a talk titled “Keeping Your Agency Out of the Story: Telling a Story No One Wants Told (But Everyone Wants to Hear),” her strategy was simpler: just keep it off the record.
Even though the rest of the conference, held by the National Association for Government Communicators, was open to the media (though the rest of the panels and talks sounded way less interesting), we were informed when we showed up that Kraushaar’s remarks would be strictly not for publication.
Too bad, since we would have loved to hear the promised “lessons [Kraushaar] and her staff learned when a private story suddenly became public.” Kraushaar famously took a turn in the spotlight last year, when the Daily revealed that she had accused Cain of sexual harassment in the 1990s. Once her name was revealed, she told the Post she wanted to hold a news conference with several other woman who had made similar claims against Cain.
Which, presumably would have been on the record. Anyway, the rest of the story is well-known: Cain eventually dropped out of the race in the face of the mounting accusations.
We caught up with Kraushaar before she talked on Friday, and she told us that she wanted her remarks to be for the audience of federal workers only.