Federal judge refuses to dismiss sexual harassment case against Democratic Party of Illinois
The Democratic Party of Illinois is headed into Election Day hampered by a harassment complaint, with a federal judge denying its motion to dismiss a sexual harassment case allegedly covered up by House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), according to the state Republican Party.
“The judge's denial of this motion to dismiss further proves that the Democratic Party of Illinois and the rest of Mike Madigan's operation has fostered a culture of harassment, intimidation, and bullying,” Illinois Republican Party Executive Director Travis Sterling said in a statement. “Madigan tried to keep this hidden, and he has only shown faux remorse now that he's been caught.”
Sterling is referring to former Madigan campaign employee, Alaina Hampton, who says she was sexually harassed during the 2016 election cycle and then resigned, because nothing was done after she filed a complaint, according to an Illinois News Network report.
Actions allegedly were taken only after Hampton took her complaints to the media, the story noted.
“What's shameful is that while other Democrats spoke out against Mike Madigan when these allegations first surfaced, JB Pritzker couldn't muster a single criticism of Madigan,” Sterling said.
“Pritzker is Madigan's handpicked candidate, and he put his campaign ahead of the concerns of women."