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Rutherford: ‘I’m going to continue on’

Updated Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 | 10:24 p.m.

CHICAGO (AP) — A defiant Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROOTH'-ur-furd) says he's pushing ahead with his Republican gubernatorial campaign despite a former employee's allegations of political coercion and sexual harassment.

But political experts say it'll be a difficult road to the March 18 primary.

On Monday, a former employee filed a federal lawsuit making the claims. Rutherford says the allegations are false. He says he's going to keep his head high and continue with his campaign.

David Yepsen is director of Southern Illinois University's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. He says the allegations will hurt Rutherford by damaging his image to socially conservative Republican primary voters.

Rutherford faces businessman Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) and state Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady in next month's primary.