Rutherford: "I will be back"

Published 03/18 2014 10:42PM

Updated 03/18 2014 10:51PM

PONTIAC - When State Treasurer Dan Rutherford announced a scheduled 7:15 p.m. press conference well before results Tuesday night, it appeared his campaign knew the writing on the wall. 
His remarks were brief. He entered Baby Bulls restaurant in Pontiac, spoke and exited in less than five minutes. 
For a long time, Rutherford's campaign was met with excitement, especially in Pontiac, where he grew up. But his chances fell apart within the last month and a half. A former aid accused the state treasurer of sexual misconduct, which Rutherford strongly denies. But the allegations seem to have been too big to overcome this late in the race and clearly took a toll on the candidate.
“These last six weeks have been the most challenging of my entire life. No question about it. It’s been humble for my staff. Horrible for the family of my staff and it’s been horrible for my friends. That said I’m looking forward to vindicating myself. I tell you up front that is going to happen,” said Rutherford. 
Rutherford did not take questions and spent the remaining of the night at a private election party.  However, he assures voters that he will return to the political spotlight. 

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