* In listening to Christine Svenson’s interview on WLS from earlier this morning, I heard a very easy push-back talking point for Dan Rutherford.
Svenson’s client said that after Rutherford made inappropriate advances, her client twice took his complaints to Rutherford’s chief of staff. The chief of staff then allegedly said “At least we have job security,” and claimed Rutherford had done similar things to him.
Look, I don’t know Rutherford’s chief of staff well, but I know him well enough to know that there is no way on God’s Green Earth that he will ever say that Rutherford did the same thing to him. Period.
In fact, in my discussions with the chief, he has said that he’s never witnessed anything of the kind.
So, a forceful and absolute denial by Rutherford’s chief could undermine some of the accuser’s claims.
* However, there’s still all those other Rutherford employees who are talking to the internal investigator.
* Also, Svenson said this about how she got the case…
SVENSON: About a month ago, two individuals, none of whom is my client, came to my office to tell me that they were on a “list” called the “Gang of Thirteen.” This “Gang of Thirteen” who were employees in the treasurer’s office was rumored to have been terminated by Treasurer Rutherford for not engaging in sufficient political activity and or were just people who he didn’t like in the office. He came up with this list with his chief of staff and perhaps one other person.
PROFT: You mean they were going to be terminated.
SVENSON: Going to be terminated. Correct.
SVENSON: So these two individuals that came into my office about a month ago were on this list and they came to me for advice and I still am giving them advice regarding their situations and they may have claims, who knows, at some point.
PROFT: What about the person who you’re representing…?
SVENSON: Right. So, those two individuals after talking to me went back to the office and talked to the other individuals that had been on the list. This individual, my current client, his name is Ed, was one of those people. They told Ed about me. So, then Ed came to me a couple of days later, so it would’ve been perhaps three and a half weeks ago. And his set of circumstances [were] even more unusual and troubling, frankly.
She wouldn’t reveal Ed’s last name.
* Full audio…