Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2016-11-30
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


  WINDY CITY TIMES

Rutherford interview: Legal troubles won't harm campaign
by Matt Simonette
2014-02-02

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


As the March 18 election determining which GOP gubernatorial candidate will square off against Pat Quinn this November draws near, candidate governor Dan Rutherford finds himself in a difficult position—publicly addressing allegations of wrongdoing in his office of state treasurer without acknowledging what the allegations consist of, or even from whom the complaints originated.

Rutherford spoke to Windy City Times about the controversy Feb. 2.

On Jan. 31, Rutherford called a press conference to say that a Chicago attorney told his lawyers and him that allegations being investigated in Rutherford's office would go away if they paid the originator of the complaints $300,000. But Rutherford would not divulge who had made the allegations, or what the allegations were, at his Jan. 31 press conference, nor did he do so when he spoke to Windy City Times.

Rutherford is running against venture capitalist Bruce Rauner, and state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard.

Possible details emerged about the case the evening of Jan. 31, however. According to Chicago Sun-Times, a male employee in the Treasurer's office was alleging sexual harassment by Rutherford. The employee planned to file both an EEOC complaint and a complaint that his First Amendment rights had been violated. Chicagonow.com reported that the employee alleged he had to work on outside political activities while on the state clock.

Rutherford had been the subject of gay rumors and in August 2013 told Windy City Times, "I'm not gay." He repeated that assertion when asked again Feb. 2.

He is adamant that the allegations are motivated by politics more than anything else and said that his rival Rauner is behind them; on Jan. 31, he noted that Christine Svenson, the complainant's attorney, had done work for Rauner's campaign. Svenson said in a statement, however, that that work only entailed reviewing an office lease last April.

Rauner's campaign denies any wrongdoing in the matter. In a Jan. 31 statement, Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf said, "Treasurer Rutherford should spend his time answering the serious claims made against him by a state employee, rather than trying to distract attention with false claims against us," Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Rutherford said that his office was informed of the allegations shortly before his Jan. 23 debate in Peoria.

"Our in-house general counsel got an email from Christine Svenson saying the she was representing an employee from inside the Treasurer's office," said Rutherford. "…The next day, they set up a conference with her and our in-house general counsel and our outside labor counsel. Both attorneys were on the line with her in which she generally outlined the allegations. During that conversation, she said that they would be willing to 'keep it under wraps' and 'resolve it' for $300,000."

Rutherford said he and his counsel were taken aback by Svenson allegedly volunteering to drop the matter for a predetermined dollar amount.

"I think that was the part that really caused all of us concern, when it is them saying, 'keep it under wraps,' and them saying, 'for $300,000.'"

But in a Jan. 31 statement, Svenson characterized the discussions as being negotiations in good faith.

"Mr. Rutherford's general counsel and in-house counsel both expressed a strong interest in keeping the matter private, and also expressed an appreciation for our willingness to do so," Svenson said. "We were exchanging information and negotiating on a good-faith basis for days until as recently as yesterday [Jan. 30]. These types of negotiations are, in my experience, common with regard to the Treasurer's office and have nothing to do with politics or the gubernatorial primary."

Rutherford said that the matter would be investigated this week by an outside firm, adding, "The challenge I have is, I can't mention the name, or the allegations, or the facts that I have to refute them—that's what puts it in a politically tenuous situation just before the election."

He would not say whether his office would press for legal prosecution. "I prefer not to go down that path right now. We're going to have our internal investigators go through everything. Let's just suggest we're going to keep all options open."

Rutherford maintained that the legal wrangle would not be an insurmountable hurdle for the campaign. "The campaign is going well—it's pretty obvious that it had been going so well, because now we're at that season in which you're going to try to take out your opponent and destroy them," he said.

The campaign will soon be launching television commercials; Rauner has been running commercials for some time now, while neither Brady nor Dillard have run television advertising in their campaigns. Rutherford also said that his campaign is financially sustainable, with about 26,000 individual contributors. "I'm not a self-funder. We raise our money from people who give the 25-, 50-, [and] 100-dollar checks, and we're very judicious in how we spend the money," he said.

Windy City Times' August profile of Rutherford can be found at: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/GOP-gubernatorial-candidate-talks-LGBT-support/43998.html .


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

HRC, Equality North Carolina call on McCrory to concede 2016-12-01 - RALEIGH — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality North Carolina once again called on Pat McCrory to concede. Instead ...


Gay News

GLAAD launches Trump Accountability Project 2016-12-01 - New York — GLAAD, the world's LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today launched theTrump Accountability Project ( TAP ). TAP is a resource for ...


Gay News

Post-election talk Dec. 5 at the Center 2016-11-30 - Another post-election discussion, "Where Do We Go From Here? The Trump Presidency and Our Civil Liberties," will take place Monday, Dec. 5, 6-7:30 ...


Gay News

MOMBIAN Picking up the shards 2016-11-30 - I made a cake on Nov. 8 to celebrate what I thought would be Hillary Clinton's election. For decoration, I melted sugar ...


Gay News

World news: Trump's UK choice, Ukrainian Parliament, gay-dating app 2016-11-29 - Donald Trump wants Nigel Farage to be a UK ambassador to the United States, according to PinkNews. The president elect took to Twitter ...


Gay News

National roundup: World AIDS Day, mayor harassed, ex-pol comes out 2016-11-29 - In honor of World AIDS Day ( Dec. 1 ), The Advocate ( with the support of Michael J. Libow and in conjunction ...


Gay News

Forum plots LGBT action in Trump presidency 2016-11-28 - For many in the LGBT community, according to Howard Brown Health CEO and President David Munar, the Nov. 8 elections amounted to nothing ...


Gay News

Cuban leader Fidel Castro dies 2016-11-24 - Longtime Cuban ruler Fidel Castro has died at age 90. The country declared nine days of national mourning to mark his death. ...


Gay News

United Nations SOGI Mandate Safeguarded in Face of Hostility 2016-11-23 - 21 November 2016 ( New York ) — The United Nations mandate of the Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity ( ...


Gay News

Wally Brewster resigns from ambassadorship 2016-11-23 - Openly gay U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic James "Wally" Brewster, on Nov. 23, announced that he would be resigning from his post, ...


 



Copyright © 2016 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.

www.windycitymediagroup.com
[email protected]  •  [email protected]  •  [email protected]

Website Powered by LoveYourWebsite.com