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Dillard: 'I feel sorry' for GOP rival Rutherford

Published: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 1:13 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 1:39 p.m. CDT
(M. Spencer Green)
FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, speaks during a debate in Naperville, Ill. On Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, A former employee in Rutherfordís office filed a lawsuit at federal court in Chicago alleging sexual harassment and that the Republican gubernatorial candidate made him do political work on state time. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

CHICAGO – Republican candidate for Illinois governor Kirk Dillard says allegations against rival Dan Rutherford have become a distraction.

Rutherford is the Illinois Treasurer. Earlier this week, a former staff member filed a lawsuit accusing him of sexual harassment and forcing employees to do campaign work on government time.

Rutherford has denied the allegations.

Dillard spoke to reporters Friday after accepting the Illinois Education Association's endorsement. He says "I feel sorry" for Rutherford.

Dillard says Rutherford has been a friend for many years and "I don't like to see anybody stumble."

He says the allegations have "sucked some of the air out of the campaign." He says candidates should be discussing job creation, not the accusations.

State Sen. Bill Brady and businessman Bruce Rauner also are seeking the GOP nomination.

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