Madigan aide ousted in sexual harassment texting scandal attacks woman who made the accusations

A former top aide to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan broke his silence Wednesday about sexual harassment allegations against him, echoing a legal defense already laid by the speaker’s camp and attacking the political worker who made the charges.

Ex-Madigan lieutenant Kevin Quinn, who was fired in February as Democratic foot soldier Alaina Hampton was about to go public, downplayed suggestions that the speaker’s political army retaliated against her after she complained about unwanted advances as well as aggressive text messages and phone calls from Quinn.

In a 14-page annotated statement he dubbed “The Truth,” Quinn acknowledged his behavior was inappropriate but said it did not rise to the legal level of workplace harassment.

Quinn also portrayed Hampton as an unreliable employee who was on bad terms with the speaker’s political organization after twice leaving jobs connected to Madigan. The final straw, Quinn said, was when Hampton went to work on Marie Newman’s congressional campaign last year even though Madigan backed U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski.

In a political and state organization that relies on a tangled web of people who shift from one campaign payroll to the next and pick up a few state paychecks in between, the lines of authority can get blurred. The Hampton case illustrates how overlap between Madigan’s state and political operations adds to the confusion.

In the months during Quinn’s inappropriate text messaging, Hampton primarily worked on three House races. Kevin Quinn said he had no control over Hampton when she worked on campaigns of rank-and-file lawmakers, though he did tell her in one text message that she deserved the merit bonus she received.

He also estimated that he saw her in the ward office four times during the fall 2016 campaign, backing assertions by Madigan lawyers that Hampton did not suffer a hostile work environment because she technically wasn’t based there.

In his memo, Quinn said he believes he lost his job in large part because he pleaded guilty in January to disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor offense stemming from an argument with his estranged wife in July. Last week, a judge convicted Quinn of violating an order of protection that restricts his communication with her.

Chicago Tribune’s Gregory Pratt contributed.

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