Democratic congressional candidate Robin Kelly defended herself from a state inspector general's report and an internal audit that alleged she violated timekeeping rules during her failed campaign for state treasurer in 2010.
Speaking after a South Side candidate forum Wednesday night, Kelly said her boss at the time, Treasurer
Kelly, who served as Giannoulias' chief of staff during her unsuccessful bid for state treasurer, acknowledged the office's inspector general, David Wells, had recommended Giannoulias suspend her over timekeeping discrepancies.
But Kelly argued that Wells was "not my boss, and no one else backed him up."
"I'm not perfect," Kelly added. "I'm not going to tell you I didn't make a mistake, but I did not do anything wrong. I turned in my time sheets. I docked my pay. I did everything I was supposed to do. And nothing was founded by anyone who counts."
Kelly, who also is a former state lawmaker who quit to work for Giannoulias, has emerged as the momentum candidate in Tuesday's special Democratic primary election in the 2nd Congressional District.
The primary contest, a result of
Kelly’s candidacy is backed by New York
On Wednesday, the Tribune cited public records it obtained to report that Wells recommended Kelly be disciplined by Giannoulias. Wells also recommended Giannoulias’ successor as state treasurer, Republican
Kelly again dismissed the investigation as a "witch hunt," even though Giannoulias followed Wells' recommendation and disciplined two other employees in connection with the inspector general's investigation of Kelly's use of time off. Additionally, Giannoulias reappointed Wells to the inspector general's post during his tenure and the auditor who conducted the audit also worked for the then-Democratic treasurer.
One of Kelly's rivals in the race, former one-term U.S. Rep.
Giannoulias declined comment.