* Derek Barichello…
State Rep. Jerry Long, R-Streator, released an apology Tuesday to a former co-worker who said she was physically harassed, among other complaints, leading the state GOP to pull resources from his campaign and ask for his resignation.
Long said Sept. 19 he touched a former co-worker on her neck, denying any wrongdoing and vowing to stay in his race against Democratic opponent Lance Yednock, of Ottawa, for the 76th District house seat.
The House Republican Organization has said Long’s story does not match the one found in an independent investigation corroborated by a witness. The organization said it has a zero tolerance policy for harassment.
Tuesday’s apology is the first from Long regarding this incident.
“Although I feel that the non-threatening touch of my co-worker was nothing more than act of concern, and it was never conveyed to me that it was a problem, I want to say that I never want to ever put anyone in that position of being uneasy,” Long said Tuesday afternoon. “I, therefore, reach out with a sincere apology to my co-worker of the situation that I have put her into.”
I checked and he hasn’t actually apologized to the complainant, so this means almost nothing. It’s mostly just political backside-covering.
* Also, does this mean he’s saying the allegations are legitimate and that the goofy conspiracy theories he and his few remaining allies have been floating are wrong? Well, no. He’s still talking about how his support for Rep. Jeanne Ives’ primary campaign against Gov. Rauner and his fights with HRO led to his banishment…
State Rep. Jerry Long said his support of gubernatorial primary candidate Jeanne Ives led the House Republican Organization to pull its support. […]
While Long was critical of Gov. Bruce Rauner in an Oct. 14, 2017, article, I couldn’t find any record of him supporting Ives. […]
Long clarified Tuesday he was not behind the governor, and almost endorsed Ives, but didn’t do so on record. […]
Long believes his contentious relationship with the House Republican Organization played a role in either the complaint or their reaction to the complaint