Rutherford Trip Lodging Becomes GOP Campaign Issue

CHICAGO (AP) -- Republican state Treasurer Dan Rutherford boasts of his frugal travel practices. But a pattern of sharing hotel rooms and a Chicago apartment with a subordinate state employee has become an issue in his campaign to be governor.

It's raised questions about how he follows common management practices and the line between his state duties and campaigning.

Public records show Rutherford shared a hotel room with his executive assistant at least 10 nights. His office later found some of those trips to be political and reimbursed the state. The two men also stayed together dozens of times in a Chicago apartment on campaign trips.

Rutherford said the room sharing is to save money, but workplace experts say it's unwise for supervisors and subordinates to share lodging arrangements.

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