Lackluster Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford has been struggling to get media attention in a field with three other GOP candidates. Well, he has it, though I’m not sure it’s the kind of coverage he expected. Rutherford, the state’s treasurer, has been accused by an ex-employee in his office of pressuring him to do campaign work on state time. Worse, this worker says that Rutherford sexually harassed him and even groped him at least once.
Rurherford, who denies being a homosexual, denies the charges. However, he has to know that whatever hope he had of winning the Republican nomination–a long shot at best–is now gone. But Rutherford can’t have failed to note the media lionization of every person who claims a homosexual identity.
Here’s my advice if he really wants to stay in and win in a Democratic state: Hold a press conference, “come out” as gay, and run as a Democrat against the embarrassing incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn. I think he could win.