CHICAGO (CBS) — The attorney for a former aide to Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford claimed the former candidate for governor acted like a “mob boss,” by intimidating employees to work on his campaign, and that of 2012 presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.
Edmund Michalowski, who left Rutherford’s office in February, already had claimed his former boss sexually harassed him and illegally pressured him into doing campaign work.
WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports Michalowski’s original lawsuit was dismissed by a federal judge last week, but he was given a week to refile. The amended suit against Rutherford and others still alleges the treasurer sexually harassed Michalowski, but expands on his allegations of political intimidation.
New lead attorney Dana Kurtz said Michalowski was pressured to work for Rutherford’s campaign for governor, as well as Mitt Romney’s 2012 bid for president.
She said Rutherford forced public employees, including Michalowski, to work on both campaigns, or lose their jobs.
“The allegations are that Rutherford acted essentially as a mob boss,” she said. “Had a hit list – which included Michalowski – that as a result of not doing enough political work, they were going to be fired after the election.”