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Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Dan Rutherford: Allegations Of Grabbing Male State Worker In Genital Area

February 10, 2014

When a state worker resigns and files a federal lawsuit……


A former employee in Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s office filed a federal lawsuit Monday alleging the Republican gubernatorial candidate made inappropriate sexual advances and regularly forced him to do political work on state time.

Ed Michalowski, a former lawyer and director in Rutherford’s office, alleged in the lawsuit that Rutherford’s sexual advances began in April 2011, shortly after Michalowski began working in the office. The lawsuit also alleged Rutherford asked Michalowski to set up meetings with potential donors for campaign contributions while he was working for the state.

Attorney Christine Svenson, who represents the former employee of the treasurer’s office stated this morning on WLS Radio, “Mr. Rutherford entered my client’s bedroom and grabbed at his genital area.  My client immediately forced him off of him, gathered his belongings and left.  He went to go talk to the chief of staff about it, and the chief of staff said quote…’at least we have job security’…unquote, and that it had happened to him as well.”

And of course there is more….

The suit also claims Rutherford made Michalowski do work for his own campaign as well as for 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Rutherford was the Illinois chairman for the Romney campaign.

Rutherford, a former state lawmaker, was elected to the office in 2010. He’s among four candidates seeking the GOP nomination for governor in the March primary. The others are Rauner and state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard.

Rutherford said his office conducted an internal investigation into the allegations and they showed no merit, but because he’s treasurer, he was launching an outside investigation with independent attorneys and consultants. Rutherford has said he would tell his side once the investigation was complete.

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