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Rutherford Not Leaving Governor's Race Despite Ad Pull

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Dan Rutherford Calls Recent Allegations Politically Motivated

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford said during a news conference Friday that allegations were made against him by an employee in a move he said was political.

Lawyer Says More Claims May Be Made Against Rutherford

NBC 5's MaryAnn Ahern reports that part of the allegations deal with the employee being asked to do campaign work on state time, and Rutherford has also acknowledged that harassment is also part of the pending complaint.
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State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, a Republican candidate for Illinois governor, has pulled his TV ads, but his spokesman insists he’s not leaving the race. 

"In light of recent outside efforts, the campaign released reserves it had placed on some future TV time," Brian Sterling said. "Nothing was canceled. His TV commercials are up this week in most of the state. The campaign will evaluate future markets going forward. He is not dropping out of the race.” 

Rutherford had time reserved for next week and on Tuesday his campaign notified TV stations throughout the state that “he would let the reserve go,” according to Rutherford spokeswoman Judy Pardonnet.

Rutherford last week said he decided not to release the results of an internal investigation related to allegations made by a former employee. Ed Michalowski accused him of sexual harassment and claims Rutherford asked him to perform campaign duties on state time.

Rutherford's spokesman said last Thursday that no further information from the investigation will be released "except through the courts."

The four GOP candidates meet Tuesday night in Springfield for a debate, and Rutherford will be there.

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