Chicago, Illinois, March 20, 2012 – The campaign of Tommy Smithburg has tapped a disgraced former Cook County Republican employee, Jeremy Rose, who was forced to resign in a sex abuse scandal involving young Republican females, to be their poll watcher. The campaign worker was also forced to step down from the Chicago Young Republicans, but as the video indicates, he is still involved in the organization.
The Kelly campaign says that this is one more reason why Smithburg, the 23 year-old frat boy who has been involved in his own scandal – a violent sexual hazing scandal at Northwestern – is wrong for the 42nd ward.
The sex scandal was covered by the Huffington Post, Capitol Fax, and numerous conservative blogs. In one incident, a woman reported, ” I became very uncomfortable on the walk over, as Jeremy was putting his hand on my neck and around my waist….When we arrived, Jeremy continued with this sort of behavior, putting his hand on my thigh…” Apparently, when the woman tried to leave, it only got worse. “Jeremy and the other guy refused to walk me out, saying I needed to stay and hang out with them, and Jeremy took my phone away from me (I had been trying to call a cab) and sat on my lap, not letting me up. At this point I felt like his behavior was bordering on keeping me there by force.” (Source: Huffington Post)
In addition to his sleazy frat-boy hires and scandal-ridden behavior, Smithburg has been under fire by 42nd ward Republican officials for his unsubstantiated lies about his Republican opponents. He was recently caught in the act of lying about his opponent, longtime Republican William J. Kelly’s voting record despite the availability of the public record at the Chicago Board of Elections. In an act of face-saving desperation, Smithburg continues to make repeated denials and cover-up his missteps.