One Republican candidate for governor believes the controversy surrounding one of his rivals in the primary is distracting from the issues. State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) called a press conference in Chicago to announce that he’s being endorsed by the Illinois Education Association, but instead, questions focused on the harassment lawsuit against State Treasurer Dan Rutherford.
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“Dan has been a friend of mine for many years, and he’ll have to work through these questions himself,” Dillard said, “but the problem is, for the last two weeks, his issues have sucked some of the air out of the campaign.” Dillard refused to comment on the decision by Rutherford not to release the results of an internal investigation about the allegations. At a candidate debate on Monday in Hoffman Estates, Dillard asked Rutherford if he expected more allegations of sexual harassment to come out. Rutherford called the question inappropriate.