State Treasurer Dan Rutherford has issued a statement denying allegations of sexual harassment from a former employee in his office.
The statement says there are no witnesses to any of Ed Michalowski's allegations, and says state records contradict one of Michalowski's claims. In his lawsuit, Michalowski alleged that Rutherford accosted him during an overnight retreat at Rutherford's home. But travel vouchers purportedly show Michalowski indicated that he had returned home in mid-afternoon on the date in question.
Rutherford's statement also notes that the lawsuit appears to be timed to inflict political damage... and notes that Michalowski is in bankruptcy proceedings and was behind on debt payments.