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Question of the day

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014

* Mark Brown writes Dan Rutherford’s political obituary

Rutherford’s entire political future rests on him being able to successfully rebut the allegations of a now former employee who contends the treasurer sexually harassed him and forced him to do political work on state time.

While Rutherford was forceful and assured in his strenuous denials, much more so than in his unusual pre-emptive strike 10 days earlier, I’m afraid he will continue to find that such accusations are more easily made than laid to rest. […]

Before his campaign was sidetracked by Michalowski’s allegations, Rutherford was telling reporters he was in the best position to challenge Rauner’s frontrunner status, an argument he repeated Monday.

Fair or not, it doesn’t look that way from here.

* Yepsen also weighs in

David Yepsen with the Paul Simon Institute says Rutherford was viewed as the alternative to businessman Bruce Rauner in a four man Republican governor’s race.

“This could be motivated by all kinds of things. Politics, money, personal spite; It doesn’t matter. It’s a very damaging charge,” Yepsen said.

He says the political damage may be too much to overcome.

“It’s such a stain, such a black eye that there’s not really time to get it laundered out before the election,” conceded Yepsen.

* The Tribune editorial board isn’t so sure

There is little that the rest of us can do right now other than step back, draw deep breaths, and see where the evidence leads us. That’s not so hard:

Illinois voters are steely veterans of political scandals, public corruption and lurid allegations variously true and false. Republican primary voters have some time to wait for more information before deciding whether they’ll nominate Rutherford for governor.

* Greg Hinz also looks at the future

Is [Rutherford’s response] enough to put Mr. Rutherford back on the political high ground, the innocent guy who fought back? Probably not — especially if the charges that he coerced aides to perform political chores turn out to have merit. But I can’t say that for sure.

Nor is it likely that either of the other two Republicans in the race, state Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady, will gain from the carnage, though a Rutherford exit or effective exit could allow Mr. Brady, who lives in Bloomington, to consolidate the downstate vote. Both are too far back and have too little money to fight with to make up much ground, I suspect. Unless, that is, Mr. Rutherford can roll out more proof that Mr. Rauner is behind it all.

It’s going to take a few days for all this to settle.

* Understatement of the week

Northern Illinois University Political Science Chair Matt Streb says the lawsuit will be a big distraction from the Chenoa Republican’s main message.

* The Question: How would you describe Dan Rutherford’s campaign troubles right now? Take the poll and then explain your answer in comments, please.

panel management

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Excessively Rabid - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:09 am:

    I went half. Waiting for the other shoe to drop, whomever it might belong to. I’m in the camp that smells Rauner behind all this. That doesn’t mean it’s not the end of Rutherford.

  2. - Upon Further Review - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:09 am:

    The damage is done.

    Rutherford can rebut the accusations and the lawsuit can be tossed, but he is still not going to be able to recover in sufficient time to make a good showing in the primary.

    Rutherford may not be finished in politics, but I cannot see how he gets back on track for the 2014 primary election.

  3. - Been There - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:12 am:

    I feel bad for Rutherford. I thought he would have had a shot once the anti-Rauner groups started running their commercials. Let them beat up Rauner and run positive ads about yourself. Probably the only one with enough money to do that. But now he’s toasty looking. But if his explanations hold up and Rauner is tagged with being behind this it will be too late for him but more meat for the Quinn camp.

  4. - walker - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:14 am:

    Burnt Toast

    Just not enough time to recover and lead with his own message, even if all charges are deemed false.

  5. - Smoggie - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:15 am:

    True or not, he’s done.

    No way GOP primary voters support somebody with these allegations.

    The fact that there seems to be real issues with the veracity of the accuser will not make a difference. As soon as the allegations were made public, he was done.

  6. - Hans Sanity - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:17 am:

    Pundits quoted above went with “who knows”.

    A few weeks ago readers were suggesting that either Dillard or Brady should withdraw.

    Not a GOP voter, so I won’t participate in the poll.

  7. - From the 'Dale to HP - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:17 am:

    Burnt. Even if Rutherford is innocent, and there is a good chance he is, it’s too late in the game to recover.

    This is a real bummer if Rutherford is innocent. Dropping out makes him look guilty, stay in the race and it’s depressing watching himself fall in the polls. Completely messed up what was shaping up to be an interesting race.

  8. - W - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:17 am:

    “…the lawsuit will be a big distraction from the Chenoa Republican’s main message.”

    Does anyone have any idea what his main message is? This scandal is the most attention Rutherford has gotten. Maybe he’ll pull a Clinton and use it to his advantage.

  9. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:17 am:

    It was an uphill climb to begin with and now with this schlep’s complaint - Rutherford cannot challenge Rauner’s purchase of the nomination.

    The damage is even worse for the GOP. At a time when even conservatives like I have no problem with alternative lifestyles, the sandbagging of a decent public official over these kinds of rumors will show the public that GOP primary voters are mostly whack-jobs and rubes who can’t focus beyond the possibility that an elected official might prefer panky-hanky over hanky-panky.

  10. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:18 am:

    Dan Rutherford was a folksy, downstate, middle of the road, nice guy 10 days ago. He works hard and has been focused on this campaign for 3-4 years. He raised a modest but respectable amount of money and was holding his own on the trail.

    But I don’t think anybody saw him having a strong chance at victory 11 days ago. Since then, the bottom has fallen out and every penny in his campagin account should either be saved or spent to redeem his reputation. He probably wasn’t going to win before this, and now he certainly cannot win.

    Maybe if he can find a future Mrs. Rutherford and announce his engagement before early voting starts…nah. Still wouldn’t win.

  11. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:20 am:

    Even if he can clear up the allegations before the primary, the lingering doubt cast…the thought that something else might come out…will make it difficult for a pragmatic Republican to cast a vote for him. That said, who knows what chinks will show in the armor of each of his opponents? Toasty looking, but still early.

    He is the Black Night with arms lopped off, but still able to kick.

  12. - used2beGOP - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:20 am:

    I don’t suspect Rauner, if so it would be dumber than Richard Nixon orchestrating Water Gate, when he was sure to win the election. I have seen dumb things in poetics, though, such as the goof ball that took responsibility for fathering John Edwards’ love child.

    Generally, where there is smoke there is fire. Rutherford could have remained Treasurer, even with the whispering campaign that surrounds him. He knew this story was out there and still ran for Governor. It reminds me of NY politics and men that run, when they know there is an explosive story cooking.

  13. - Nick's the Name - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:21 am:

    Voted “barely kneaded”. Maybe I got the analogy wrong, but I think there is much more on this to come. Some conspriracy theory stuff about who is responsible, sure. But more damaging will be the additional staff and former staff stepping up. Seems like the dough is a long way from being bread.

  14. - Siriusly - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:21 am:

    I voted burnt. He was never going to catch Rauner anyway, but this whole thing is the legitimate end of his campaign.

    The anti-Rauner voters will now choose between Dillard and Brady.

  15. - Downstate - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:21 am:

    Toasty Looking
    Short of Rutherford’s accuser coming forward and admitting it was all scripted by Rauner and nothing is true except for the fact that Rauner in one tape admitting that he gave Ronald Reagan Alzheimers and was on the grassy knoll, I don’t see Rutherford emerging from this.

  16. - used2beGOP - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:22 am:

    poetics = politics. Sorry. Typo.

  17. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:22 am:

    Burnt toast. It’s not like he was doing much before the allegation.

    Look at that TV spot he produced. It was his one shot and it’s barely coherent.

  18. - Johnny Q. Suburban - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:22 am:

    DR is toast. So are Brady and Dillard. Rauner is, and was before this broke, up huge in the polls with a huge cash advantage with the primary about a month away.

    This thing is over unless BR does something stupid.

  19. - Nieva - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:23 am:

    Stick a fork in his it’s over. His odds were poor at best and with this no chance now.

  20. - BYE BYE DR....... - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:25 am:

    DR is DOA…… Put a fork in him, his done…….

    Its time to move forward and salvage his career, and try to come back another day. It is making a joke of the GOP and distracting from the race. It is lousy that this is the way the game is played but he knew how life in politics is.

  21. - Cook County Commoner - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:26 am:

    Burnt toast. No one is going to donate money with this allegation out there. Even if Rutherford had Rauner’s wealth, I doubt he could undo this cloud.

  22. - langhorne - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:27 am:

    i voted toasty, but after thinking a bit more about it, should have gone with burnt toast.

    this is what reporters and columnists are talking about, so it sucks up all the oxygen available to the three amigos. meanwhile, rauner keeps hammering or benefiting from: term limits, anti-career politician ads, and, his basic ad package.

    rauner is doing a good job of playing out the clock. he owns the skies.

    i am disappointed in the reporters and columnists and editorial boards for not putting rauner on the spot personally (not thru a spokesperson) to explain in meaningful detail ANYthing he would do. he should continue to skip all campaign forums for the time being. it is working.

  23. - CicrcularFiringSquad - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:27 am:

    We voted toasty
    Mitt Rauner lawyer “forgot” to include the explanation that the accuser did not spend the nite, but filed fake travel documents. Hmmm?

    The accuser applied for his new job last summer but did not move til now. Hmmmmm?

    D-lard and NoTaxBill are already toast. Now the question is does the Mitt Rauner hit pieces with Stu/Rahn/Rich/Killing Grandma/Pro Gay Marriage scare the wingers to stay home.

    Guessing it just might

  24. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:29 am:

    Voted “Tosty Looking”…Served with cold eggs, and inedible overdone bacon ….

    Voted that way only because I felt “Burnt Toast” would mean he would drop out before March 18.

    That really sums it up for me.

  25. - Mokenavince - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:31 am:

    Burnt toast ,this charge is terrible,and to be accused by a guy is really bad. All the gay bashers on the right will shed him like water off
    a ducks behind.
    Politics really sucks. It’s a wonder anyone wants
    to run.

  26. - 10th ward - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:31 am:

    I agree with used2beGOP, they rumors was always there and neither of the other 3 had those rumors. Remember Jack Ryan? He has sex with his wife albeit unusual location and the GOP wanted him gone despite his $$ and they got Keyes. DR knew what could come out and…?

  27. - Tom - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:33 am:

    Burnt Toast, even if he can get passed it in the long run, there isn’t enough time by March 18

  28. - bored now - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:36 am:

    this close to the primary, it doesn’t matter what the truth is. in fact, if the truth is the exact opposite of the accusation, it will take a long time for it to reach the level of public knowledge that the accusations have.

    this is a much easier prediction, though, with a rich self-funder running against rutherford…

  29. - Stuff happens - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:37 am:

    I went half. If Rauner stays clean move it to burnt, but if anything comes out against Rauner then it could make Rutherford more viable again.

    Even if it’s at half, I don’t think anyone has turned the oven off yet. Getting toastier by the day.

  30. - plutocrat03 - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:40 am:

    Two outcomes are possible. No way to determine how it will end by the date of the primary.

    Rutherford is toast for this election and politics for good if the allegations are proven.

  31. - Lakefront Liberal Gay - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:41 am:

    You know what, I have totally shifted over on this: Rauner is a horse’s rear and an embarrassment for implied gay-bashing to win an election. I hope Rauner goes down in flames.

  32. - PolPal56 - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:42 am:

    Reality says burnt toast. If he had been a strong contender before the allegations, I would have said toasty looking. However, he was a weak second in a four horse field. (Love to mix the metaphors!)

  33. - Norseman - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:44 am:

    Burnt. No amount of scraping will get the black off of this toast. He doesn’t have the time nor the money to salvage his campaign. The best he can do at this point is play spoiler by spending his money on Count hit pieces. He probably won’t so he can spend his money on himself - within the constraints of the law.

  34. - CollegeStudent - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:45 am:

    He’s done. Not enough time to repair the damage.

  35. - Martin - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:45 am:

    I love it. A guy looking to become a judge saying he was forced to do political work.

  36. - DuPage - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:45 am:

    DR might actually be totally innocent, but “you can’t un-ring a bell”.

  37. - Health Care Justice - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:49 am:

    Governor Quinn is the big winner, and this has helped to assure is re-election.

  38. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:50 am:

    Burnt, and the toaster is starting to smoke.

    The campaign wasn’t on the upswing as this started. The bizarro presser got it rolling in the worst possible way. Their defenses to the suit are ok, but the underlying “this is Rauner” is unlikely to be proven in time and hurts in the meantime.

    Dave Kim did nothing to help with the “hiccup defense.”

    Sorry, but the party’s over.

  39. - dupage dan - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:55 am:

    If you scrape the burnt off the toast of his campaign - all the way down to the part that isn’t burnt, all you find is air. Nothing, nada, nil. Those are his chances of being chosen in a primary only weeks away. There is NO chance of changing the trajectory of his primary campaign in such a short time. He may well be totally innocent of these charges. He could have a case for slander and libel - after the fact. But no way does that help him how.

  40. - Hans Sanity - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:55 am:

    Voted….half baked.

    IF number 1: the investigator hired to clear this up punches enough holes in allegations to satisfy GOP primary voters

    If number 2: five weeks is enough time for Rauner being Rauner to make GOP voters nauseous.

    Would have went with “Barely Kneaded” if the Rutherford could produce a decent ad.

  41. - Sir Reel - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 11:58 am:

    Burnt toast.

    Republican primary voters will not vote for him with the sexual allegations in the air.

  42. - Well then - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 12:05 pm:

    Burnt toast. Not specifically because of the allegations, but because he may have known something like this was possible long ago and failed to acknowledge it.

  43. - Not Rich - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 12:08 pm:

    I voted TOAST: in this 30 second attention gap world the visuals are ingrained in the low info voter.. Even if Circular Fire is correct, and the anti Romney campaign gets some legs in the next 3 weeks, I don’t think the Treasurer will be the one who benefits. It looks like only Brady has a shot, and I am not sure he can aim the gun.

  44. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 12:12 pm:

    Highly-manipulative people are well-known for telling others and those whom they manipulate that there’s no way that what they’re seeing or experiencing could have been orchestrated because “people just ain’t that ’smart.’”

    I’ve been saying for years that both the power-mongering and dirty politics have gotten completely out of hand.

    The big picture that I believe is being painted seems to be a positive one. But then I know also know that things are not always as they seem to be.

  45. - Joe Bidenopolous - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 12:13 pm:

    I voted burnt - validity of the accusations aside, the mere fact that there are accusations and the limited time frame to recover make it impossible. Besides, he wasn’t doing much with what he had anyway, even if he might’ve been the most viable alternative.

  46. - Snucka - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 12:13 pm:

    All he’s doing now is ensuring that the not-Rauner vote cannot coalesce behind Sen. Brady.

  47. - Former Merit Comp Slave - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 12:28 pm:

    I’m still going with half baked. I think there’s a lot more to come out on this. And in my many years working for the state I’ve certainly seen much worse than these allegations and most certainly seen disgruntled employees go after someone for reasons other than “doing the right thing”.

  48. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 12:31 pm:

    He’s done. He can try to use this to damage Rauner, but unless he has direct evidence linking him to the scandal, it won’t help him much. I don’t know who this does help unless he steps out of the race.

  49. - Chavez-respecting Obamist - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 12:36 pm:

    A lot of social conservatives will care more about the gender of his accuser than what he’s accused of doing. I think he’s toast.

  50. - roscoe tom - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 12:39 pm:

    How did the accusser immediately get another job in government? Yarbough doesn’t hire “nobody that nobody sent”.

  51. - Makandadawg - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 12:39 pm:

    Half Baked: Rutherford still has time to fight back if not guilty but not if he is guilty then it is over. Quinn’s challengers were run off and now Rauner is running off his competition. The result is the election nobody wants. How can that happen?

  52. - MrJM - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 12:40 pm:


    But when one out of ten GOP primary voters have still never even heard of him, maybe Rutherford’s campaign always was toast.

    – MrJM

  53. - 3rd Generation Chicago Native - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 12:46 pm:

    Burnt toast.
    Prior to all this he was the best contender against Rauner.
    Rauner has some teflon factor going, his daughter got into Peyton school by questionable methods, and did not attend one of his Charter schools. But that died down with the Rutherford accusations. Coincidence?

  54. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 12:53 pm:

    lol MrJM, Primary voters *generally* are a very polite lot. Whether that had an impact on the poll or not, I don’t think anyone could say for certain.

  55. - Cheswick - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 12:57 pm:

    Ain’t no throwing a life jacket to the Edmund Fitzgerald, now.

  56. - DuPage Rep - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 1:14 pm:

    Toast. Very sad that two truly nice guys like Rutherford and Steve Kim have to go down like this. Never had my vote, but have my sympathy.

  57. - Challengerrt - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 1:20 pm:

    I just hope people give him a chance, as you know you can’t always believe what you hear and in this case right before the primary, come on people how dumb can we be? I want solid proof not just a lawsuit. Jeez

  58. - ronmexico - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 1:21 pm:

    Burnt toast. The campaign had little chance of beating Rauner before this came out and basically no chance now.

    What will be interesting is how the labor/schock money decides to play this. Do you continue trying to define Rauner this early or do you conserve money and wait until more people are paying attention during the general?

    What once seemed far-fetched to many is now reality. Rauner is an extremely tough candidate with endless money who will be an extremely difficult opponent for Quinn. While right now it doesn’t appear that 2014 will look just like 2010 in turnout, it is heading that way. Quinn is in for a real battle.

  59. - In the Middle - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 1:25 pm:

    3rd Gen @12:46…

    Why is that a coincidence? I’m not sure, but are you saying that Rauner brought this upon Rutherford? I agree the whole thing is political revenge of some kind, but from… Rauner??

    Rauner doesn’t need to manufacture a scandal to win the primary. It’s not even remotely close by any standard. Even it was close, that doesn’t mean Rauner must’ve done it.

  60. - anonymoose - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 1:30 pm:

    Any allegations from others and DR will be deep-fried to a crackly Herman Cain crunch.

    Short of that, the allegations seem politically motivated and make me want to vote for DR. The field is so fractured and so tortured, anyone could win it. The 12 page anti-Rauner piece is being delivered as we speak. And Mr. Rauner showing up to at the Republican party on the arms of Ed Rendell, Mr. Daley, Mr. Rahm…

  61. - Jerry Hubbard - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 2:04 pm:

    Voted Burnt Toast because there is NO WAY Dan Rutherford is going to get the most votes out of the 4 candidates. Prior to January 31st, Rutherford was without a clear message as to why he was even running. No substance whatsoever. That introduction video where Dan interacted with blue collar workers. Their comment, we need more jobs in Illinois. Dan’s response…Yes, and as Governor, I’ll bring more manufacturing jobs to Illinois.

    On TV, radio,press releases, blogs or in person, I don’t ever remember at anytime during this campaign hearing Dan saying HOW he was going to accomplish ANY of the goals he spoke about.

    Before the scandal, it was very unlikely DR would be the GOP nominee. Now, whether the accusations are true or false, THERE IS NO WAY DR will be victorious in 5 weeks.

  62. - dupage dan - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 2:10 pm:

    I think DR has one thing sewn up - second place. Not likely Dillard and Brady can gain any traction or funding out of this so DR can say he didn’t slip in his position. That and 2 buck will get him a cup of coffee.

  63. - A. Nonymous - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 2:16 pm:

    Hinz says “It’s going to take a few days for all this to settle.”

    Early voting starts in a few days. The primary’s in a month.

    Not enough time.

    Whoever decided to launch this attack now - true or false - times it just right against he guy who was #2 in polls and fundraising.

  64. - Wallendar - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 2:16 pm:

    If he were a Dem he could come out of the closet and say he couldn’t lead a double life anymore and, regardless of the consequences, he wanted to live out the rest of his life honestly. Its possible urban democrats would accept him. But, being a republican, he doesn’t have a chance especially with the strong influence of the tea party in the primary.

  65. - LisleMike - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 2:20 pm:

    Breaks my heart, as I know all of the candidates save Rauner. Dan is a decent, hardworking, driven politician. He can be rough on those who drop the ball, but once equilibrium attained, he forgets and moves on. I am sorry to have seen this happen. I voted toasty looking for many of the reasons already stated.

  66. - jake - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 2:39 pm:

    Burnt Toast. He would have to have been a big front runner with lots of people unshakably devoted to him to survive this. As a person with a marginal shot beforehand, and as an up-to-now closeted gay man trying to win in a socially conservative electorate, no chance. There may be politically worse ways to come out of the closet than this, but one has to think hard to imagine them.

  67. - Carl Nyberg - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 3:00 pm:

    The race is over.

    Rauner won.

    Unless Rutherford drops from the race, there’s no way the negatives on Rauner don’t get drowned out by the Rutherford story.

    Rutherford can stay in the race, which will be useful to Rauner.

    Or Rutherford can drop out. But it’s hard to see Dillard or Brady catching fire this late in the game.

  68. - VictorNorth - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 3:12 pm:

    Burnt toast.

    The accuser is a man Rutherford called a friend of 15 years. Can’t pin that on Rauner.

  69. - Just The Way It Is One - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 4:18 pm:

    I’ve been saying for days now that as far as the Treasurer’s race for Governor goes, it’s done, completed, over with, finished. This devastating allegation and the resultant controversy is making his Campaign go “kaput.” He’s toast, (”burnt toast” if you prefer, as I obviously voted for), history, a goner. Have I made my input/opinion into/about this Question clear enough this time???

  70. - Fearless Freep - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 4:20 pm:

    He can’t “withdraw” even if he wanted to. His name is on the ballot is printed and the absentee ballots are already out

  71. - anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 4:55 pm:

    Considering that the trib poll has him at 12 when he was polling 17 last week. That is a sharp drop. As more people learn of the allegations the burnt toast will go up in flames…

  72. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 5:03 pm:

    Rutherford’s 2014 Campaign for Governor is like that parrott in the old Monty Python sketch…

    It’s not pining for the fjords, it’s passed on! This campaign is no more! It has ceased to be! It’s expired and gone to meet its maker! It’s a stiff! Bereft of life, it rests in peace! If you hadn’t nailed it to the perch, it’d be pushing up the daisies! Its metabolic processes are now history! It’s off the twig! It’s kicked the bucket, it’s shuffled off its mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-CAMPAIGN!

  73. - good night - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 8:12 pm:

    Dan its over. Resign from the race, transfer your campaign cash to another candidate and retire. God bless and good luck.

  74. - AC - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 8:40 pm:

    Burnt. It doesn’t matter if there is truth to the allegations, or if the timing is questionable, the problem is that there are several candidates to choose from. People who follow this a lot less closely than we do heard all they want to hear about Rutherford, and the allegations made their decision process easier by eliminating one of the candidates.

  75. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 11, 14 @ 10:14 pm:

    I still don’t understand why someone who called Jesse White his mentor, got his sister a job there (Google the Greg Hinz nepotism article) and worked for him in high-ranking positions would jump ship to work for the guy who ran against Jesse for SOS.

  76. - Robo - Wednesday, Feb 12, 14 @ 8:43 am:

    He had one chance to sneak into the last month with his money AND reputation intact so he could do a final push. Now that’s all laid waste, not saying allegations are true, just that the damage is done.

  77. - Robo - Wednesday, Feb 12, 14 @ 8:44 am:

    Sorry, I voted toast.

  78. - facts are stubborn things - Wednesday, Feb 12, 14 @ 9:38 am:

    The biggest issue is that many folks are afraid to vote for Rutherford in the primary because if more comes out after the primary the Republicans may effectivly have no canidate. I am afraid this will likely end his run for Gov.

  79. - NIref - Wednesday, Feb 12, 14 @ 10:45 am:

    I think Rutherford is done. The fallout from the allegations-true or not- will be multiplied by Rutherford’s financial woes. The campaign does not have the financial resources to effectively rebut and overcome the scandal.

  80. - Norseman - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 9:43 pm:

    AP is reporting that Rutherford’s attorney is refusing to release the independent investigation because of lawsuit.

    With this latest development, I’d have to up my vote to the toaster is in flames and the extinguishers are empty.

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