Dan Rutherford's accuser finally emerges - and he's a Democrat

Chicago, Illinois, February 10, 2014 - For weeks, the alleged scandal involving the alleged victim of Illinois treasurer Dan Rutherford has turned the GOP race for governor into a strange circus. The accuser's attorney, Christine Svenson, had been refusing to give a straight answer on anything...even the name of the alleged victim.

This has been the case of the ALLEGED GOP ACCUSER WHO CANNOT BE NAMED.  

Given the timing of the allegations to coincide with the gubernatorial primary, Rutherford preemptively called out his opponent Bruce Rauner as the source of the attack a week ago. Rauner - a close friend and ally of Rahm Emanuel - has denied any involvement.  But there is good reason to believe Rauner is behind the attack. 

A federal lawsuit against Rutherford was finally filed Monday and the identity of his accuser - a longtime Democrat - is now known.

The suit charges that Rutherford sexually harassed Michalowski and three years ago, in 2011, groped in genitals. The suit also alleges that Rutherford's chief of staff, Kyle Hamm, pressured Michalowski to do political work and failed to investigate his complaints.

The accuser's name is Edmund P. Michalowski of 822 S Bishop St Apt 3 Chicago, Illinois.

According to the records and his own statements, Michalowski is a longtime Democrat operative who worked for Mayor Daley and Secretary of State Jesse White and ran a campaign for Circuit Court Judge. After resigning the Illinois treasurer's office, Michalowski bounced back and immediately began working for the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.

Below is a copy of Michalowski's voting record - with votes in most of the Democrat primaries - and his list of campaign contributions - again all contributions to Democrats and one contribution to Dan Rutherford. Mr. Michalowski is also having serious financial issues ranging from divorce to foreclosure and bankruptcy. The upshot: Michalowski is desperate for cash.

Here's one vote for this as one of the - in my opinion - foulest campaign smears ever.

Take a look at the records below (emailed to me this weekend):

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General Y Y Y Y Y
Primary Y-D P-D Y-D Y-D Y-D
Muni Primary Y Y
Municipal Y
Pres Primary Y-D Y-D
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Contributed By

Amount

Received By

Description

Vendor Name

Vendor Address

Michalowski, Ed
P.O. North Box 64884
Chicago, IL 60664
$500.00
6/6/2001
Individual Contribution
Citizens for Jesse White
Michalowski, Ed
P.O. North Box 64884
Chicago, IL 60664
$500.00
6/12/2002
Individual Contribution
Citizens for Jesse White
Michalowski, Ed
P.O. North Box 64884
Chicago, IL 60664
$500.00
6/11/2003
Individual Contribution
Citizens for Jesse White
Michalowski, Ed
P.O. North Box 64884
Chicago, IL 60664
$500.00
7/3/2004
Individual Contribution
Citizens for Jesse White
Michalowski, Edmund
822 S. Bishop
Chicago, IL 60607
$200.00
4/26/2006
Individual Contribution
27th Ward Reg Democratic Org
Michalowski, Edmund
3539 S Maple
Berwyn, IL 60402
Occupation: Director
Employer: Secretary of State
$350.00
9/11/2000
Individual Contribution
27th Ward Reg Democratic Org
Michalowski, Edmund
3539 S Maple
Berwyn, IL 60402
Occupation: Director
Employer: Secretary of State
$200.00
9/26/2000
Individual Contribution
27th Ward Reg Democratic Org
Michalowski, Edmund
3539 S Maple
Berwyn, IL 60402
Occupation: Director
Employer: Secretary of State
$400.00
11/2/2001
Individual Contribution
27th Ward Reg Democratic Org
Michalowski, Edmund
3539 S Maple
Berwyn, IL 60402
Occupation: Director
Employer: Secretary of State
$400.00
11/11/2001
Individual Contribution
27th Ward Reg Democratic Org
Michalowski, Edmund
P.O. Box 64884
Chicago, IL 60664-0105
$500.00
9/21/1999
Individual Contribution
27th Ward Reg Democratic Org
Michalowski, Edmund
822 S. Bishop

Chicago, IL 60637
Occupation: Attorney
Employer: Illinois Secretary of State$916.84
10/16/2007In-Kind Contribution
Committee to Elect Anne M Burke
CateringGene & Georgetti 500 N. Franklin St. Michalowski, Edmund


822 S. Bishop #3

Chicago, IL 60607$2,200.00
11/24/2009
Loan Received
Friends of Ed Michalowski
   Michalowski, Edmund and Veronica
822 S. Bishop St. Unit 3
Chicago, IL 60607$250.00
11/6/2006Individual Contribution
Brandon Phelps for State Representative
   Michalowski, Edmund P
1548 W Jackson
Chicago, IL 60607$500.00
6/2/1998Individual Contribution
Jesse White For Secretary Of State, Inc
   Michalowski, Edmund
P.O. Box 64884
Chicago, IL 60664$300.00
9/15/1999Individual Contribution
Dan Rutherford Campaign Committee

Filing Date: 10/7/2013    Case Type: PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE Division: Domestic Relations Division

Plaintiff(s) Attorney(s)
MICHALOSKI EDMUND P PRO SE
Date of Service Defendant(s) Attorney(s)
MICHALOWSKI VERONICA ROSENBERG WYPCH LLC

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  • Attempting to blackmail and slander the most popular candidate for governor so close to the primary that Mr. Rutherford won't have time to conduct a thorough investigation is absolutely disgusting. The timing of this accusation is proof enough to me that it is typical Chicago back-alley politics. If some unknown slimy politicians/lawyers are that afraid of Rutherford getting the nomination, it just confirms in my mind that Dan is the right candidate for the job and reinforces my support for him. Living in Illinois sometimes makes me sick.

  • In reply to sdittmar:

    I agree with you. I think the timing of this is slimy as all get out.

  • Notwithstanding the claims of "slander," it is not slander once it becomes of a federal court filing. If the allegations are unfounded, Svenson is going to have to pay Rule 11 sanctions.

    The only thing that this proves is that Rutherford is just part of the Illinois slime political culture, if we believe him that he was using a Democrat for his own political purposes, even if he was not grabbing his crotch.

  • In reply to jack:

    Not really sure that you are right about this. Is Rutherford a politician? Yes. Does that leave him open for any criticism or allegations? Also yes. But beyond that we have to wait for the court proceeding to conclude. Is all this taking place now because he is running for governor and someone - probably working for one of the other candidates - wanted to injure his candidacy? Probably. Could Rutherford legally go after them if that turns out to be the case? Yes.

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