Lawsuit ups ante on Rutherford; adds Romney camp as defendant

Republican gubernatorial candidate State Treasurer Dan Rutherford participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. | AP Photo/Seth Perlman
Republican gubernatorial candidate State Treasurer Dan Rutherford participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. | AP Photo/Seth Perlman

The federal lawsuit against Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford is heating up as the Mitt Romney campaign has now been added to the claim. According to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Early & Often:

“Allegations in a federal lawsuit that crippled the gubernatorial campaign of Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford intensified on Thursday as an ex-worker broadened his claims to include the Mitt Romney for President campaign.

The sexual harassment and political intimidation lawsuit filed by Ed Michalowski, also contends that Rutherford maintained a ”clout list” of interns, which allegedly included the names of politicians sponsoring the internship. 

“We have no comment right now,” said Rutherford spokeswoman Mary Frances Bragiel.

The Romney allegations are that Rutherford, as Illinois chair of the Republican presidential candidate’s 2012 failed campaign, obligated state employees to work on the campaign or be retaliated against.”

[Read the full story at Early & Often]

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