* A few days ago, the attorney representing Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s accuser said this to WLS…
“Their standard M.O. (mode of operation) is to work out standard severance agreements.That’s what they do, and they’ve been doing that the last two or three years with employees. So I sent a letter to the general counsel, we openly discussed negotiating a severance agreement for about ten days, then there was this press conference on Friday that came out of nowhere”.
I had already heard about previous severance agreements and had checked into that over the weekend. As I told subscribers this morning, I was told that the agreements had nothing to do with any sort of complaint against Rutherford.
* The Sun-Times followed up…
Dan Rutherford’s office today confirmed that two former employees negotiated severance agreements with the office since the Treasurer took the office in 2011.
However, a spokeswoman said there was no accompanying complaints leveled against Rutherford tied to those severances.
“There have been two severance agreements in Treasurer Rutherford’s office during his time in the Treasurer’s office,” said spokeswoman Mary Frances Bragiel. “But no complaints were lodged by the employees and no complaints were lodged against Treasurer Rutherford in connection.”
That particular angle appears to be a dead end, which, of course, is good news for Rutherford.