Bernas urges opponent to call on Madigan to resign after sexual harassment allegations hit staff and associates
Jillian Bernas wonders what it will take for Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg) to stand up to Mike Madigan.
"One-hundred and five days ago, we asked Michelle Mussman to stand up for the victims of sexual harassment and demand [that] Mike Madigan resign,” Bernas said in a press release after Madigan's longtime chief of staff, Tim Mapes, was accused of sexual harassment by fellow staffer Sherri Garrett. “After today's disturbing allegations, Mussman remains silent.”
The allegations lodged against Mapes come after Kevin Quinn and Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), other senior staffers and associates closely linked to Madigan, were hit with similar allegations of harassment, with the claims against Lang coming just hours after he helped broker the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in the House. He has since resigned from his leadership role as deputy majority leader.
“How many more women need to come forward for Rep. Mussman to finally stand up?” Bernas added. “Mussman is protecting Madigan because he bankrolled her campaign, spending $857,000 to buy her loyalty. That investment is paying off as Mussman stands by while women have been bullied and harassed in a state government.”
Come November, Bernas is hoping to put all that to an end by ousting her rival from power in the 56th District.
“Mussman has had seven years to change the corrupt system in Springfield,” she added. “She hasn't and she won't."