Dillard questions Rutherford about sexual advance allegations at GOP debate

February 11, 2014

In this Jan. 31, 2014 file photo, Illinois state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, speaks at a news conference in Chicago. On Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, a former employee in Rutherford’s office filed a lawsuit at federal court in Chicago alleging sexual harassment and that the Republican gubernatorial candidate made him do political work on state time.

The lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and misconduct against Republican Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford was brought up in a debate between the candidates for governor Monday evening.

During the debate in Northwest suburban Hoffman Estates, candidates were allowed to ask each other questions. State Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Westmont, asked Rutherford if more accusations are going to be raised. Dillard was referring to a federal lawsuit filed Monday by a former employee of Rutherford’s, Ed Michalowski, who said he was the victim of sexual advances by Rutherford.

The Treasurer has denied any wrongdoing.

Hear Rutherford’s full response to that question in the audio above.