Dan Rutherford's problematic aboutface

Dan Rutherford's problematic aboutface

One day after he said the results of an internal investigation would be made public, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford has deferred to his attorney who says the findings of an independent investigation won't be revealed.

A federal lawsuit filed last week by a former treasurer's office employee contained allegations of sexual harassment and political coercion.

Chicago-based attorney Peter Andjelkovich told The Associated Press that the decision was "100 percent my doing." He said information found during the investigation would be used to fight the lawsuit in court, not through the public.

"It's my instructions to Dan, and it's not his choosing to discuss the matter or put the information out more than he's done already," Andjelkovich told the AP. "We have to play under the rules of the federal courts in Chicago. ... Federal courts do not like the litigants out litigating the case."

But Rutherford's political career is on the line and Election Day is a little more than a month away. He can't afford to let this issue hang over his campaign unless the investigation uncovered something equally or more damaging.

That's the way I see this.

With this decision I can't see a good outcome for Dan Rutherford and his gubernatorial aspirations.

On Wednesday Rutherford was clear that the findings of the report would be made public.

"We have brought in an outside investigator that is doing all of the investigations. I am anticipating that we'll have the report maybe next week or the first of next. And when that comes out it will be public," he told me.

There were no ifs, ands or buts from Rutherford, no hedging about his attorney's advice.

"I believe that what will happen is there will probably be the executive summary with redacted names for individuals' propriety, but the entire report -- with whatever recordings and documents and everything -- will be turned over to the (state treasurer executive) inspector general as well.

"So the public part will be the summary."

 

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