State Sen. Sue Rezin responded Wednesday morning to criticism from Rep. Jerry Long regarding her statement Tuesday that he should resign, on a day when more lawmakers have asked Long to step down.
Last week, the House Republican Organization removed its support from Long's campaign and asked the Streator Republican to resign, following a third-party investigation into verbal and physical harassment complaints. The Illinois Republican Party also removed its support.
Long posted on Facebook it was "unfortunate that Sen. Rezin succumbed to political pressure and chose to toe the Party line, rather than learning the facts regarding the allegations made against me and formulating her own opinion. Especially after I had explained to her the truth is shortly to come out."
Rezin answered Wednesday morning.
“After the allegations against Rep. Long were reported last Thursday, I reached out to Rep. Long Friday morning," Rezin said in a press statement. "He told me he couldn’t discuss them and instead, he would have his lawyer call me. After four days, that never occurred, and that still hasn’t occurred. Rep. Long’s own caucus conducted a third-party investigation and determined by that investigation that his behavior warranted his resignation. I made my statement. This isn’t about me.”
State Reps. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, and Dan Brady, R-Bloomington issued a joint statement Wednesday. Rep. Norine Hammond refrained from participating in the joint statement because of her position on the Legislative Ethics Commission.
Reps. Grant Wehrli, R-Naperville, Mike McAuliffe, R-Chicago, Bill Mitchell, R-Decatur, David Reis, R-Olney, Mike Unes, R-East Peoria, and Keith Wheeler, R-North Aurora.
“After being briefed by the independent investigators on the credible harassment allegations regarding Rep. Long, the House Republican Leadership team stands unified with Leader (Jim) Durkin’s actions and encourages Rep. Long to resign immediately.”
Rich Miller, of Capitol Fax, reported at least four other conservative state lawmakers have said Long should resign.
Long is facing Democrat Lance Yednock, of Ottawa, for the 76th District House seat. The seat is considered a battleground between state Republicans and Democrats.