Morro Bay connection to Biden sexual assault allegation surfaces

April 29, 2020

With a former staffer for then-Sen. Joe Biden accusing the now-presumptive presidential nominee of sexual assault, a conversation that reportedly occurred in Morro Bay in the mid 1990s has become a focal point of the the campaign controversy. [Business Insider]

Former Senate office staffer Tara Reade alleges, in 1993, Biden attacked her in a corridor, shoved his hand up her skirt and penetrated her with his fingers.

Reade was told to meet Biden in a semiprivate corridor to deliver a duffel bag. There, Biden pushed her up against a wall, reached under her skirt and penetrated her with his fingers, she said.

When Reade resisted his advances, Biden expressed annoyance and said, “Aw man, I heard you liked me.”

Then, Biden pointed a finger at her and said, “You’re nothing to me.”

Afterward, Biden shook her by the shoulders and said, “You’re okay, you’re fine,” prior to walking away, Reade alleges.

Reade also alleges, after the assault, she was abruptly relieved of her duties of managing interns. She then left Washington, D.C. and, within a year or two, moved to Morro Bay.

Currently, some individuals are vouching for Reade, including her former next-door neighbor at a Morro Bay apartment complex.

Lynda LaCasse, 60, formerly worked as a medical staff coordinator and emergency room clerk for the defunct San Luis Obispo General Hospital. In 1995 and 1996, LaCasse lived next door to Reade at a Morro Bay apartment complex.

The two women shared a bond because, at the time, they were both mothers with young daughters who swam together in the apartment complex’s indoor pool. During one evening conversation, they were sharing violent stories, and Reade told her she had worked for Biden and he put his hand up her skirt, LaCasse said.

Despite expressing support for Biden on social media, in March, LaCasse shared on Facebook a story detailing Reade’s allegations. LaCasse added the comment, “This is my good friend Tara Reade, who was assaulted by Joe Biden in 1993.”

Nonetheless, LaCasse said she has no political ax to grind and still intends to vote for Biden.

“I personally am a Democrat, a very strong Democrat,” LaCasse said. “And I’m for Biden, regardless. But still I have to come out and say this.”

LaCasse said she volunteered to vouch for Reade and was not asked to do so.

“If this was me, I would want somebody to stand up for me. It takes a lot of guts to do what she’s doing,” LaCasse said.

Aside from the Morro Bay apartment complex, a phone call presumptively made in San Luis Obispo County is also factoring into the controversy,

Last week, video surfaced of an unnamed woman who Reade says is her mother calling into a 1993 broadcast of CNN’s “Larry King Live.” The show was devoted to the culture in Washington, D.C.

With the words “Call from San Luis Obispo, Ca.” displayed on the broadcast, Larry King fielded a call from a woman who said her daughter just left Washington after working for a prominent senator. The woman said her daughter had “problems” and could not get through with them, and the only thing she could have done was go to the press, but she chose not to out of respect for the senator.

Reade previously said her mother, who died in 2016, made the call but could not remember the date. After listening to a recording of the call, Reade said it was indeed her mother who was speaking with King.

Last spring, Biden adamantly denied multiple allegations of inappropriate touching. Thus far, Biden has not personally addressed Reade’s sexual assault allegation. A Biden campaign spokesperson said the allegations are false.


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Niles Q

My wife for many years worked as a certified nurses assistant in a nursing home taking care of people with dementia and Alzheimer’s, so she knows dementia when she sees it.

She said months ago that Biden has dementia and there is no way that his wife doesn’t see it in him.

He seems alert in interviews held early in the day, losing cognitive skills as the day goes on, to the point where he is almost incoherent. It’s the sundowner effect and it will only worsen with time.

I am a registered Democrat and no fan of President Trump but I am appalled that my party is clearly trying to pawn off on us a candidate who will not be able to do the job.

If Biden truly cares abut this country he needs to withdraw now, so Democrats can put someone else up to challenge Trump.

There’s no shame in admitting he’s not up to the task and stepping aside now.

It would be best for the party and the country.


commonsenseguy

Ms. Reade will be attacked and slandered by the left-leaning media. Biden will get a pass because he is the favorite of the partisan left-leaning media. Their agenda is to protect him at all cost.


mercut1469

None of the interns who were supervised by Ms. Reade remember anything about it, and surely something like that would have been an office topic. No other staff in Biden’s office remember it. There are no other similar allegations against Biden, although some women have reported feeling uncomfortable with his penchant for being a toucher. In contrast, Donald Trump has more than 20 different women who have leveled complaints against him for sexual misconduct.


I am all for an investigation but at this point it’s basically “he said, she said,” as it was with Judge Kavanaugh and Ms. Ford. And we know how that turned out, although I doubt Biden will break down crying about it, as Kavanaugh did in front of the entire nation during his confirmation hearings. Unfortunately for Trump, he probably won’t get the chance to put Ms. Reade in the front row of the first debate, as he did with Bill Clinton’s accusers in 2016, because it may have to be held with no audience.


Dave

The Washington Post is reporting today that Reade worked locally in the office of state Senator Jack O’Connell.


Speak Truth to Power

Biden won’t be the Democratic nominee in 2020. If the #MeToo movement is to have any credibility at all they have to Hold Biden to the SAME Standards they demanded Judge Kavanaugh. If they now give Biden a PASS then everyone will realize that the #MeToo movement is nothing more than a political too to be wielded against Conservatives. Add this credible allegation of sexual harassment to Biden’s Obvious mental problems due to his age and the Dems would be handing the election to Trump if Biden is the candidate.


Black_Copter_Pilot

On the other hand, Biden still runs and loses so bad that Trump carries California. I like my scenario, but yours is more realistic.


MrYan

If the #metoo movement could wave their magic wand I would bet they would replace both candidates. This is a fair statement of their position.


Since they cannot it is a binary choice; the serial pervert who has dozens of contemporary accusations of rape (with legal action attached) or the dude with a single, old but credible accusation of unwanted sexual advances, who has authored meaningful legislation that has empowered women.


Trump was even accused of rape by his first wife Ivanna….divorce. It is a painful but obvious choice for them to make. Sorry.


As far as mental problems Joe just needs to challenge Trump for them both to take an in depth mental evaluation by 3rd party-and let the results speak for themselves. It would be better than a push-up challenge.