* Not good at all…
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford has decided to not release the results of an internal investigation related to allegations made by a former employee.
Rutherford, a Republican candidate for governor, was accused by Ed Michalowski of sexual harassment and claims that Rutherford asked him to perform campaign duties on state time.
The report from the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office about its internal investigation was scheduled to be released Friday, but Rutherford’s spokesman said Thursday that no further information from the investigation will be released “except through the courts.”
Rutherford had said he would tell his side once the investigation was complete, but Andjelkovich said he wanted to keep the information for court.
“Under the circumstances, he can’t continue to be talking out in the public forum,” Andjelkovich said. “That doesn’t mean that there’s something out there that’s being hidden or not disclosed.”
* Sorry, but I find this difficult to believe…
Andjelkovich said people shouldn’t draw conclusions from the secrecy.
“There is nothing to hide,” he said.
More information could come out as Michalowski’s lawsuit progresses. But before the March 18 primary election?
“Unfortunately, these things don’t go fast,” Andjelkovich said.
* Svenson makes some good points here…
Christine Svenson, the attorney for Rutherford’s accuser Edmund Michalowski, told Wolf and Proft that she knows why Rutherford does not want the report made public:
“He was in favor of the report before he was against it. Clearly he doesn’t want to produce this report and I know why. I know what the witnesses told the investigator. They corroborated my client’s testimony, and they had new evidence that no one had heard before that is not favorable to Mr. Rutherford.”
She says the report includes testimony from three Rutherford employees who say Rutherford also subjected them to uncomfortable sexual comments, and asked them to do campaign work on taxpayer time.
Meanwhile, one Illinois treasurer employee who gave a statement to the independent investigator is complaining that the office would not release copies of his own statement.
“Even the Warren Commission made copies of witness statements available to witnesses when investigating the assassination of President Kennedy,” the employee wrote to the treasurer’s in-house counsel, according to a letter obtained by the Sun-Times.
“This hardly rises to the level of a grand jury investigation or the Warren Commission. This is also a very stressful time for many of our colleagues in the office. I have no desire to add to that stress by being forced to litigate or make a public request simply for access to a copy of my own statement for my records.”