Accusations resignation letter "leaked"

Published 02/06 2014 12:28PM

Updated 02/06 2014 12:36PM

ILLINOIS -- There are new developments in a story shaking up the Republican race for governor. Someone reportedly leaked the resignation letter from the employee behind the accusations against State Treasurer Dan Rutherford. WCIA-3's Steve Staeger keeps us Connected to the Capitol.

A conservative blog released a picture of the supposed resignation letter which had been redacted to remove the employee's name and title. It accuses the Treasurer and his chief of staff of political coercion and accused the Treasurer of sexual harassment.

The letter explains why the employee wants out. The three-paragraph letter is written on the Treasurer's own letterhead. It was obtained by the Illinois Review Blog. It's addressed to Rutherford's chief of staff, Kyle Ham.

The employee, whose name and title have been blacked out, says Monday will be his last day and he'll use vacation and sick time to cover until then. The letter says the employee had previously gone to the chief of staff detailing allegations.

        I have objected to turning the office of the Illinois State
        Treasurer into a campaign arm of Dan's bid for governor.
        You and the Treasurer have forced this issue repeatedly...
        Further, as you are aware, there are many other names
        of men in this administration, that have been forwarded
        to your attorney, who have all felt Dan's unwanted sexual
        advances or inappropriate sexual comments. I beg you
        to please treat these individuals as victims and do not
        violate their rights as you have mine.

Rutherford confronted the allegations directly at a news conference Friday, flatly denying it all. He claims it's part of a set up by this employee and the employee's attorney, Christine Svenson, to shake him down. Svenson, he points out, did work for candidate Bruce Rauner.

However, Svenson says the case has nothing to do with Rauner. The chief spokesperson for the Treasurer's office never responded to our calls and his campaign never put us in touch with him to speak with him directly.

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