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Illinois GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Rocked by Gay Sexual Harassment Claim

On Monday, a former high-ranking state treasurer employee filed a federal lawsuit leveling sexual harassment allegations against Dan Rutherford, who is currently involved in a four-way race in the GOP primary for Illinois governor. The Chicago Sun Times reports:

Rutherford michalowski The former employee, Ed Michalowski [far right], accused Rutherford of making unwanted sexual advances against him, starting in 2011 and also alleged that Rutherford’s chief of staff did nothing when the incidents were reported.

Michalowski, 43, served as Rutherford’s director of community affairs and marketing. He resigned last week, telling the Sun-Times he felt intimidated by a news conference Rutherford held promising to combat the allegations while flanked by former federal agents.

Among Michalowski claims is that in 2011 Rutherford held an overnight office retreat at Rutherford’s Chenoa home, entered Michalowski’s bedroom and grabbed his genitals.

Following news of the lawsuit, Rutherford held another press conference denying the allegations, which you can watch AFTER THE JUMP

Rutherford has seen his poll numbers slip since the allegations surfaced.

  

 

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  1. Popcorn please!

    Posted by: Brandon h | Feb 12, 2014 2:16:08 PM


  2. A republican embroiled in a salacious gay sex scandal?

    #shocked #widestance

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Feb 12, 2014 2:16:20 PM


  3. well, tap my foot in the stall Not another one!!!! Was it harassment because he couldn't handle the concept of a queer sleeping in on of his home's bed or a sincere desire to enjoy the man's gear while he was sleeping. What's that kink called again?

    Posted by: sjaeger | Feb 12, 2014 2:32:11 PM


  4. Hmm...this must be a power thing if it's true.

    Posted by: Gerald | Feb 12, 2014 2:45:06 PM


  5. It's no secret that Dan is gay. Everyone in Springfield knows it. He may as well be "best friends and roommates" with Aaron Schock

    Posted by: Clayton Manning | Feb 12, 2014 3:15:24 PM


  6. Well…with two delicious pieces of ham like that, the sexual tension must surely sizzle!
    Why don't the guys caught in these news sensationals ever look like the ads that scroll by them?
    I think "Ugly Seeks Ugly" would be fine. And end of story.

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Feb 12, 2014 3:23:29 PM


  7. He said/He said. Move along. Nothing to see hear. Why would you wait so long before saying something publicly if this situation bothered you that much? Weird.

    Posted by: Ted | Feb 12, 2014 3:30:54 PM


  8. Guys! Rutherford is pretty much the best not out Republican gay politician you can ask for, has supported IL gay community, he just happens to still be a Republican. Not a bad guy. Not someone who's supported antigay legislation. Also supported statewide gay groups. Don't be so kneejerk!

    Posted by: Joe Bua | Feb 12, 2014 3:53:12 PM


  9. This would be more credible if there weren't an election going on.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 12, 2014 5:15:51 PM


  10. Tank is just hoping that those guys aren't really gay because they really are awful-looking. There is nothing sexy about either one of those pitiful, middle-aged bores.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 12, 2014 5:52:29 PM


  11. Um, not all gay guys look like Abercrombie models or Matthew Bomer. If anything, these two men are an accurate reflection that gay guys cover the entire spectrum of looks just the same as straight people. Who would have thought!?!

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 12, 2014 6:19:19 PM


  12. @Joe Bua. Yes, as far as Illinois Republicans go he is more acceptable. And yes, everyone in the political and media sphere here knows Rutherford is gay. His bigger problem is that he just lost ALL credibility last night when he denied being gay on camera. So he now has to fight this possibly false allegation while everyone knows he just lied on camera last night. Bad strategy if your goal is to be the truth purveyor.

    Posted by: UrbaneMike | Feb 12, 2014 7:43:41 PM


  13. Who ever heard of such a thing as an overnight office retreat at the boss's house? If there was such a thing, that's highly suspicious.

    Posted by: Fester | Feb 12, 2014 11:46:40 PM


  14. Oh no she did-dint…..

    Posted by: enchantra | Feb 13, 2014 11:59:49 AM


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