*** UPDATED 1x *** Rauner campaign responds; Top Madigan lawyer takes over for Mapes as treasurer for Dem fund and MJM fund
Thursday, Jun 14, 2018
By Hannah Meisel
Kasper replaces another Madigan loyalist, former Chief of Staff Tim Mapes, who was ousted last week after a Speaker staffer named Sherri Garrett alleged Mapes had harassed her and other female staffers, in addition to allegedly turning a blind eye to harassment she and others reported. Mapes had not only been the Speaker’s CoS, but also the Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Illinois and treasurer for both aforementioned funds.
The D-1 filings show Kasper signed the papers on the 11th, but they weren’t filed til yesterday.
Picking Kasper is no surprise here; he’s clearly been loyal and it’s a stable choice. He’s also already the treasurer for the Democratic Party of Illinois. However, if there isn’t at least an attempt to search for new faces, it might undermine damage control work that Madigan is trying to pull off now that he and the Democratic Party have been weakened by #MeToo allegations.
Madigan’s spokesman, Steve Brown, told me that he expects Kasper will do it “as long as necessary.”
Obviously the funds need a treasurer and Mapes’ name couldn’t be on them for much longer. When a new executive director for the Democratic Party of Illinois is named, s/he may want a new(er) name for the treasurer spot too.
*** 2:10 p.m. *** - Rauner campaign spokesman Alex Browning in a press release…