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Cook GOP official resigns in wake of scandal

Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010

* Just when you think the Republicans might have a shot at something big, stuff like this always happens.

I strongly encourage you to read the whole article, but the gist is that a young woman complained about a way too handsy president of the Chicago Young Republicans, Jeremy Rose…

When she tried to leave, it only got worse. “Jeremy and the other guy refused to walk me out, saying I needed to stay and hang out with them, and Jeremy took my phone away from me (I had been trying to call a cab) and sat on my lap, not letting me up.

“At this point I felt like his behavior was bordering on keeping me there by force. At last the girl who was there walked me out to the street and I hailed a cab and went home.”

After allegedly being briefed on the complaint, Cook County Republican Party Chairman Lee Roupas hired Rose as the county party’s political director, then promoted him to executive director. Roupas now claims that he didn’t really know much about what was going on, a claim that is challenged in a sworn statement.

And if that wasn’t enough, Roupas then attempted to foment a rebellion against Eloise Gerson, the chairwoman of the Chicago Republican Party, after Gerson and her chief legal counsel demanded that Roupas’ executive director resign…

Frustrated with his failure to oust Gerson, Roupas was allegedly overheard in an angry rant after the meeting, calling Gerson “boss b**ch.” And, despite objections by many committeemen that the new post appeared to undermine Gerson’s authority, Roupas announced the appointment of a Chicago Chair of the CCRP in an email on July 1.

“This is like the Catholic Church all over again, where the cover-up is worse than the crime, and there’s this concerted effort to try to shut down the whistleblower,” said CRP political director Tom Swiss in an interview. “He [Roupas] has a meeting and tries to vote her out and get her removed from her position, because she brings this complaint to him and he doesn’t want to be bothered by it.”

This scandal has been building on smaller blogs for weeks. Kudos to Huffington Post for ferreting out the full story. And it had results. Rose has resigned

And indeed, though many details of the story remain to be unearthed, the inquiries have already caused one head to roll: within an hour of concluding his interview with Huffington Post Chicago, Chairman Roupas circulated a letter to Republican officials announcing the resignation of Jeremy Rose.

“I feel it is best for our GOP team that I step aside as executive director so you and the Republican Committeemen can continue without distraction the work needed to win in November,” Rose writes in his resignation letter.

Again, go read the whole thing. Rose may be gone, but Roupas apparently still has some explaining to do.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 3:24 pm:

    This is as exciting as discovering that infighting has broken out among Boise Idaho Democrats.

  2. - John Bambenek - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 3:25 pm:

    Kudos to the state party and many others who behind the scenes are working to deal with this issue as soon as they discovered it.

  3. - Big Boss Man - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 3:32 pm:

    Todd Stroger should’ve done the exact same thing after it was found out that he hired Tony Cole, a former bus boy, to a county job.

  4. - I'm Just Saying - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 3:32 pm:

    I understand from different sources that they discovered it a year ago……..

  5. - Edison Parker - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 3:34 pm:

    Huffington Post was late to the party. HillBuzz has been all over this story for a long time.

  6. - too obvious - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 3:38 pm:

    My read on this latest dustup is that while that Eloise Gerson (a GOP official herself) clearly has a personal political agenda in all this, cook county gop chairman Lee Roupas really screwed up by trying to oust her from some position in a way that looked at least like he was doing it just because she had brought this other woman’s complaint forward. That’s bad. I think Roupas and Rose were outflanked by a little faction that frankly is probably no better and may even be worse from a behavior perspective.

    What I hear is that Lee Roupas’ head is next on the chopping block because state chair Pat Brady is worried he’ll be dragged in more if he doesn’t do more.

    In this case I think they’ve got Lee Roupas dead to rights.

  7. - Bluefish - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 3:43 pm:

    Are these two goofs associated with the Cook County GOP website that has the picture of the topless woman on it?

  8. - John Bambenek - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 3:43 pm:

    Few people in politics are nice people… but if you’re up against bad people, it’s best not to get caught hiring and promoting someone identified in a complaint about date rape.

  9. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 3:45 pm:

    The young lady should have called the cops and had those bums arrested. If it were my daughter, I’d go Albert Pujols on them with my Louisville Slugger.

  10. - John Bambenek - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 3:47 pm:

    She was the victim, I’m not going to bust her chops in how she decided to handle it. And it takes a special kind of rectum to bash the victim.

  11. - nad312 - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 3:47 pm:

    I’ve met Jeremy through young republican events. I think he’s flirty and charismatic but never pushy. Such a shame that a thin-skinned girl with difficulty asserting her boundaries could cause this mess for him.

  12. - Upstate - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 3:49 pm:

    Cook County GOP? There actually is one? With an office and everything?

  13. - Careful with Words - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 3:49 pm:

    ===it’s best not to get caught hiring and promoting someone identified in a complaint about date rape.====

    No where does it come close to date rape. Some of these blogs have gone well beyond the truth. Granted this isn’t anywhere near good lets be careful with how we characterize this.

  14. - Double take - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 3:50 pm:

    Jeremy Rose should also step down as head of the Chicago YR’s if this is all true. The question is why a year later does this come up? Also, do these Republicans want to win in November or continue on with the in party fighting? Whatever the case this issue needs to be cleared up .

  15. - John Bambenek - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 3:53 pm:

    It came up now because there are those of us who weren’t going to wait for it to come up in October during a Quinn TV ad.

  16. - RightGirl - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 3:54 pm:

    The fact that I’ve never heard of these people might be a reflection on why Illinois is dominated by Democrats.

  17. - I'm Just Saying - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 3:55 pm:

    These two have to be the most horsecrap responses I have ever seen, Hey nad312, why dont’ you just blame the victim and careful with words you should be more careful, lest you minimize what happenned with your friend

    Total Crap

  18. - John Bambenek - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 3:56 pm:

    Careful with Words-

    My bad. He must just have wanted to cuddle.

  19. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 3:57 pm:

    I kinda wonder what the League of Women Voters is thinking right now, in the wake of their $5K payment to Rose’s CYR group.

  20. - I'm Just Saying - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 3:58 pm:

    Very good point…… it seems Jeremy Rose is very respectful of the ladies……… and their $5k

  21. - John Bambenek - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 3:59 pm:


    I bet it will inflame the already simmering fight within the League about getting in bed with the ILGOP on Fair Map in the first place.

  22. - MyNameGOP - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 4:06 pm:

    Lee Roupas should resign now. He is an unfit leader. Leaders take action. With all the political sexual scandals over the past few years, he should never have hired Rose to begin with. But, Lee is a member of the Chicago Young Republicans. Rose is the president of the CYRs. So they are pals.

    There are some unanswered questions. No one knows what Rose did for his salary. He did nothing for the Cook County Party and everything for the CYRS. It appeared he was being paid by the county party to work full time for the CYRs. Can you spell ghost pay rolling?

    Lee Roupas needs to do the honorable thing and resign. There are still to many questions and no answers. There should be a responsible person somewhere who can take his place.

  23. - 44th Ward GOP'er - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 4:08 pm:

    Hey Upstate - Yes, Cook County has a GOP organization but Chicago has one, too. Who the hell do you think will EVER bust up the corrupt Dem orgs in absolute control here? The guy down on the corner? Join us if youre cabable of a good fight!

  24. - chitownhv - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 4:12 pm:

    GOP: the party of GROPE.

  25. - charles in charge - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 4:16 pm:

    @nad312: Yours is the stupidest comment I have read on this blog for quite some time.

  26. - Really?? - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 4:17 pm:

    =I’ve met Jeremy through young republican events. I think he’s flirty and charismatic but never pushy. Such a shame that a thin-skinned girl with difficulty asserting her boundaries could cause this mess for him.=

    Wow. This girl obviously felt violated in some way that she felt compelled to report his behavior. Your comments are beyond inappropriate. Do you think women who are sexually assaulted just “have trouble asserting boundaries”?

  27. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 4:18 pm:

    nad312, did you run that stupid idea thru human relations over at C&L PC? Bet it wouldn’t get far.

  28. - John Bambenek - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 4:20 pm:

    In defense of Jeremy, he didn’t try to knife any hookers.

    Just sayin’

  29. - Ann Womacki - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 4:26 pm:

    This is horrible, just when things look good for Republicans, these young clowns have to make a mess of everything.

    We need some adults. Rose and Roupas need to go away. We need someone like Gidwitz to run the Cook GOP.

    Do I really have this correct. After Gershon notified Roupas about the complaint, he tried to have her removed from her post???????


    If this is the case, the Brady Campaign and State Party better disassociate with Roupas ASAP.

  30. - Really?? - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 4:26 pm:

    Rich, I think the comments (few though they may be) that appear to be defending any behavior that violates or intimidates women in any way are highly inappropriate. Specifically comments by John Bambenek and nad312.

  31. - too obvious - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 4:26 pm:

    The underlying claim from the woman who wanted to keep her identity secret probably doesn’t rise to the level of a crime. But her statement did describe some very creepy behavior on the part of Rose.

    The real story is how the whole thing was mismanaged. And as it looks like Lee Roupas is going to be gone because he can’t defend what appears to be a retaliatory action against a woman who brought another woman’s complaint forward. And frankly it doesn’t even matter that the woman Roupas tried to punish (Eloise Gerson) no doubt was motivated entirely by politics. Doesn’t really matter that she probably used this other woman (the true victim of the creepy behavior) as just a tool to undermine a political enemy (Roupas).

  32. - John Bambenek - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 4:28 pm:

    Really?? -

    I think you missed the sarcasm.

  33. - Amalia - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 4:32 pm:

    Edison Parker is correct, and it looks like Huffington Post
    may have lifted pieces of the HillBuzz coverage. credit
    due to HillBuzz for the story.

  34. - Really?? - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 4:43 pm:

    Bambenek, I guess I just didn’t find it funny.

  35. - ugo - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 4:45 pm:

    There is a lot of stupidity and petty political agendas going on in this situation… and nad312’s comment is absurd.

    Another absurd comment was this:
    =This is like the Catholic Church all over again, where the cover-up is worse than the crime, and there’s this concerted effort to try to shut down the whistleblower,” said CRP political director Tom Swiss in an interview.=

    Cover up was bad, but worse than child molestation? It might be best if all of these people just stopped talking.

  36. - Northsider - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 5:01 pm:

    @Bluefish asked “Are these two goofs associated with the Cook County GOP website that has the picture of the topless woman on it?”

    Answer: Nope. That would be the Chicago GOP website with the topless woman on it and that is the group with Eliose Gerson at the helm.

  37. - Cheryl44 - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 5:01 pm:

    ==If this is the case, the Brady Campaign and State Party better disassociate with Roupas ASAP. ==

    Why would they? They don’t like women any more than nad312 does.

  38. - Lonely Sangamon Dem - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 5:03 pm:

    Man I have to agree with Charles in Charge, Nad 312 is the biggest idiot I have seen in a long long time. I hope you entered a contest and are not really that stupid.

  39. - CircularFiringSquad - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 5:36 pm:

    almost missed this bus
    is this Rose any relation to Lupy Chumpy Rose from Chambana?
    or Pete Rose?
    or AXEL rOSE?
    OR THE Rose Bowl?
    Fire, AIM Ready

    Doug…Dug….help i’m shrinkiiiiing

  40. - nad312 - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 6:41 pm:

    Okay - she gets drunk at a bar late at night and goes to the home of a guy that was clearly flirting with her. IF what she says is 100% true, AND she was not sending mixed signals/participating in innuendo, THEN I agree he was acting way too familiar. We have not heard the account from all people involved.

    But the VICTIM of a crime? Come one now, guys. Young people horse around like this all the time and she might have been giving bad (ahem NO) cues and/or he might have mis-read them. How can any of you liken it to date rape? You are minimizing what real victims go through.

    If this is the worst behavior the GOP is capable of, it’s pretty darn mild by Chicago standards. I have seen many late-night alcohol-imbibed scenarios such as the one recounted by our nameless (ahem cowardly) “victim” and I believe responsiblity usually should be shared when one person offends another by taking a flirtation too far.

    The girl should have better sense, better control over her alcohol consumption, clearer boundaries, and better judgment about when she should try to blow up somebody’s career by way of the proverbial “whistle”.

  41. - Those Crazy Kids - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 6:43 pm:

    @Cheryl44 - Completely agree with you!

  42. - Bakersfield - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 7:35 pm:

    Jeremy has done a pretty good job with the Young Republican group, so this is pretty disappointing. As always, any cover up that took place here seems to be much worse than what transpired.
    I do find it interesting/depressing that the people who seem to be pushing a story that helps the Dems are Republicans who want back in power.

  43. - future - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 7:42 pm:

    Jeremy has been sitting back hoping this would never come up. He has used people to get these roles and thought he was untouchable. He is now ruining the cook gop and the CYRs. Good job.

  44. - Bakersfield - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 7:46 pm:

    Ruining the CYR’s, future??? You realize the CYRs involved about a dozen people before Jeremy took over right?

  45. - Bubs - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 8:00 pm:

    Bakersfield, please stop with the “Cult of Jeremy” stuff. It’s already getting pretty weird. Just look at “nad312″!

    The CYRs won the YR national award for Best Chapter for the year BEFORE Jeremy Rose took over, when Keely Drukala was President.

    The CYRs are broadly talented, will continue to do well . . . under new leadership. No one is indispensable. No one.

  46. - future - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 8:10 pm:

    I agree this this group will do just fine without him. He is a joke, he used keeley to get to that level, don’t forget he was friends with her. Some friend.

  47. - Conservative Republican - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 8:28 pm:

    This is a clear smear. I can’t believe RM is buying the Hillbuzz rant.

    Figure it out. Rose and CYRs have raised thousands over past couple of years. Gerson’s Chicago Republican Party has raised almost nothing. Gerson was also behind the “topless” website (get your facts straight, Bluefish) and Roupas’s work to oust Gerson appears to be due to that as well as her non-performance. Where Gerson clearly appears to perform is this smear employed as a counter-offensive to avoid her own ouster.

  48. - Levois - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 9:18 pm:

    “Why would they? They don’t like women any more than nad312 does.”

    Would you care to substantiate that? Perhaps I can understand the comment as it relates to Bill Brady but what about the state party. How does the state party not like women?

    Also this issue is a BIG mess. Heads should roll!

  49. - CYR Who Is Not Drinking the Kool-Aid - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 9:20 pm:

    Nada312 – you must be one of the current board members like Laura Kotelman, Rachel Moguel, Jacqueline DeFoe or even Buffy Bains who are dropping to their knees to praise Jeremy. The statement you posted is planted to make your “savior” look good. I know this guy for over 3 years, and he is a total douche bag and stacked the current board with “friends with benefits”. You need to go see a doctor and have your head examine thinking that this girl was not assertive enough. This is not a job interview, but rather her life. You must think that date rape is OK also and think that Jeremy is like William Kennedy Smith who thought he could get away with anything due to his families past history of killing and political power.

  50. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 9:29 pm:

    Lee Roupas is a fitness model?

  51. - Geoff312 - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 9:33 pm:

    Sigh. More infighting between the Chicago and Cook County GOP. We all lose when the machine wins.

  52. - PPHS - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 9:35 pm:

    I was in YRs for about 10 years, from 1970 -1980. I am female. Some things never change.

  53. - S.A.D. - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 9:36 pm:

    Who was this complaint made to? Not the police/legal authorities, correct? And it was settled months ago (to the satisfaction of the complainant) after a conversation with Rick Veenstra according to the HuffPo story, correct?

  54. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 9:36 pm:

    Sorry, wrong Lee Roupas. But the other one is buff lol.

  55. - ZC - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 10:27 pm:

    One of the sad tendencies of politics: the less power a group actually has, the more viciously it may infight for what remains.

  56. - PB - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 10:45 pm:

    @Bakersfield - the point is that a woman was victimized and the story was covered up. Take the damn politics out of it.

  57. - Truth in Politics - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 11:06 pm:

    The old boys club mentality reigns supreme in the IL GOP from top to bottom! The handling of this matter by the leadership of the Chicago Young Republican organization is deplorable! Shame on the adults [sic] in leadership [sic] positions in the Cook County GOP and the CYR who failed to take this matter seriously. Carefully read the transcript of the complaint: Lee Roupas needs to go immediately. IF the IL GOP Chairman Pat Brady has any cajones, he should enter this matter and denounce the behavior of the individuals in the organization. SHAMEFUL DAY for IL GOP!

  58. - Hubba Bubba - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 11:35 pm:

    There’s a Cook County GOP? Let alone a Chi-town GOP? Who knew. ;)

    “Roxy Vanilla” = “Rick Veenstra [& Friends]”??? Who nose. 8)


    @John Bambenek - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 3:25 pm:

    “Kudos to the state party and many others who behind the scenes are working to deal with this issue as soon as they discovered it.”


    The poor girl first complained about it to Veenstra at the state-level GOP more than a year ago!


    + @John Bambenek - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 4:20 pm:

    “In defense of Jeremy, he didn’t try to knife any hookers.”

    Low class Bambi. Low class.

    You and your buds who want to crack such stupid “jokes” should take note that it only took Dems a few weeks to kick SLC out but it took the GOP more than a year to get rid of Rosey the Revolting. (Kinda like how the Dems took the bull by the horns and impeached Blagorgeous but the GOP went limp when it came time to dealing with George “Club Fed” Ryan, letting him serve out his term instead of leading a charge to impeach him.)

  59. - Hubba Bubba - Wednesday, Jul 28, 10 @ 11:38 pm:


    Your Scribd link is broken. Try this instead.

    That’s the link to the Huffington Post reporter’s redacted copy of the original 2009 email from the girl Republican Rose allegedly sat on (literally) in order to keep her in his man-cave.

  60. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jul 29, 10 @ 2:34 am:

    There wasn’t really much of a “cover up.” The CYRs report neither directly to the Cook County GOP nor to the ILGOP: they are a chapter within a national federation of young republican chapters. The original e-mail was sent to Rick Veenstra, national YR legal counsel and former IL YR Chairman in 2009. Within days, statewide YR leadership met with Rose to talk to him about the situation. Apologies were made, he agreed to be more careful in his role, and a risk-management/anonymous complaint policy was adopted by the CYRs to ensure a safe environment for CYR members moving forward. To the best of everybody’s knowledge, these steps were satisfactory, including to the woman who made the original complaint. From July 2009 onward there were no additional complaints from other people nor from the woman who wrote the original e-mail.

    The only exception were members of the Chicago GOP who began to use the incident as fodder to score political points. Tom Swiss & the Chicago GOP is the same group that posted the naked women on their website. Ever since Keely Drukala left as president of the CYRs, Jeremy Rose and a group of about a dozen other officers grew the CYRs to over 1,000 dues paying members within a year. The lion’s share of GOP activity in Chicago was massing towards the CYRs. The CYRs were raising tens of thousands of dollars, landing regular earned media, and mounting paid media campaigns in the city. The Chicago GOP was feeling increasingly marginalized and decided to weaponize the original e-mail complaint for political gain. An imprudent lap-sitting (with several other men & women in the room at the time) thusly morphed into “attempted rape” as per HillBuzz (a staunch supporter of both the Chicago GOP and Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign), and a single tentative/moderate level e-mail complaint that was actually addressed within days to the satisfaction of all including the e-mail sender morphed into an alleged “cover-up.” As of June 2010, the woman who drafted the original e-mail was absolutely baffled as to why her complaint was still an issue, as she–along with the CYRs–had considered the matter resolved in July of 2009.

    The Chicago GOP with the help of HillBuzz continued to whip this up into a frenzy, and the rest is history.

    The Rose is chastened; the original e-mail sender is baffled; the Chicago GOP revels in their petty triumph before their ineptitude kills GOP chances in Chicago for this cycle; HillBuzz feeds his narcissism; and the Democratic Machine laughs all the way to November.

    Crabs in a barrel.

  61. - The REAL Anonymous fka Anonyous - Thursday, Jul 29, 10 @ 3:44 am:

    I’ve known Jeremy for years–since he was a teen still attending UofI in Chicago.

    Anyone who knows him will tell you that he’s always been “demonstrative”. However, this is the first time I’ve ever heard anyone complain. (As a matter of fact, he’s not the only one who has tickled the back of someone’s neck–in public at a CYR event. Those of us who have known each other for quite some time actually do that as a greeting similar to patting someone you might not know as well on the back or shaking their hand even if you’re met them before.)

    Having said that. I’m sure he’ll handle this well through to a valid and logical conclusion, as evidenced by the fact that he’s resigned, which was probably the right thing for him to do under the circumstances and until this has been “investigated” and resolved properly.

  62. - The REAL Anonymous fka Anonyous - Thursday, Jul 29, 10 @ 4:00 am:

    And after reading Anon 2:34’s comments, I can honestly say I wouldn’t be surprised by some of the politics behind all of this–pertaining to the various GOP groups and “younger players” that might have jumped on this. Say what you will about Jeremy, but he did do an amazing job in building up, promoting, and leading the CYRs–first as an informal later and then as an “official” leader. It’s no secret that many have envied his accomplishments and the attention he’s received for same.

    They’re all a talented, aggressive, and extremely ambitious bunch of young ‘uns, who very well could have gladly added some gasoline to a fire that had already started.


  63. - The REAL Anonymous fka Anonyous - Thursday, Jul 29, 10 @ 4:02 am:

    Sorry. Should have read “-first as an informal LEADER and then as an “official” leader.”

  64. - too obvious - Thursday, Jul 29, 10 @ 6:34 am:

    GOP committeemen in Cook report that their chairman Lee Roupas is telling them he’s not worried, that state chair Pat Brady is standing behind him and plans to ride this out.

  65. - Bakersfield - Thursday, Jul 29, 10 @ 7:38 am:

    Too bad that so-called CYR members have a short memory about their club. 3 years ago the group was so worthless that the state GOP was trying to get another YR group started so that there could actually be an active group in the city.

    As for Gerson/Swiss, they are certainly envious of the job the current group has done. Someone mentioned the 5k from the League- 5k is a quarter’s worth of fundraising for Eloise.

  66. - ZC - Thursday, Jul 29, 10 @ 9:43 am:

    One reason grown-up Republicans are so good at negative attack ads? When they’re young, they practice on each other : )

  67. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jul 29, 10 @ 9:58 am:

    This may not be a surprise, but “concerned GOP supprter” and “Chicago GOP backer!” are the same person. They are now both banned. Sock puppetry is forbidden here.

  68. - Skeeter - Thursday, Jul 29, 10 @ 10:08 am:

    This looks like classic he said/she said. Which is what makes the response all the worse.
    It looks like they took no steps to indentify the other two people at the house in order to verify what occurred.
    And then the whole “I never saw the complaint” thing, combined with the response to Gerson, makes the real story “Why does the Cook County GOP ignore allegations of sexual misconduct within its ranks?”

  69. - PalosParkBob - Thursday, Jul 29, 10 @ 10:46 am:

    Reading hillbuzz, there was a story that Rose’s hiring and promotion was sponsored by a big donor “Cougar”.

    Any truth to this or was it just internet flotsom?

  70. - 44th Ward GOP'er - Thursday, Jul 29, 10 @ 3:45 pm:

    ZC - That’s hilarious! But true!

  71. - Northsider - Thursday, Jul 29, 10 @ 5:37 pm:

    Bubs and Future - unfortunately Keely was recented booted from her position with the National YRs for neglecting her duties.

  72. - Really? - Friday, Jul 30, 10 @ 12:15 am:

    Ah, the Jeremy Rose - CYR way. Smear.

  73. - pizzajohnny - Friday, Jul 30, 10 @ 8:45 am:

    A sex scandal? In Illinois? Coming to light by the Democrats? Nice diversionary tactic so people pay less attention to the corrupt, inept leadership of the Dems who under Madigan, Jones, and now Cullerton have lead Illinois into the cesspool of financial and moral bankruptcy. Get rid of the idiots on both sides, and bring sunlight and honesty to the Illinois governmental process.

  74. - A.B. - Friday, Jul 30, 10 @ 9:04 am:

    I am probably gonna get crucified for this comment, but I don’t see a very important key issue here….at what point did this woman say the words NO or STOP?

    If she never told Rose NO or STOP, then it is very likely that he considered this to be flirting and she was receptive. The only real issue I see here is holding her cell phone and trying to convince her to stick around, but really if that is the worst that happened, then what the hell would any publication waste the ink to write about this?

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* Counterpoint: Trump's assertive policies rally Iranian support for the Ayatollahs
* Thumbs Up: To investing in infrastructure
* Eugene Robinson: An administration with no credibility cannot lead
* U of I trustees approve 4th-straight tuition freeze
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* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
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