On June 15th, 2016, an email was sent out to several people, including this editor, containing evidence that the field director and volunteer coordinator of Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s (D-IL 9th) congressional campaign sexually harassed a constituent that he had “friended” on Facebook. The staffer in question, Timothy Judd, also appears to work as the political director of the Democratic Party of Evanston. The constituent’s name is Max Rice, a local salesman interested in politics. Rice says he met Judd in person only one time, during a meeting for current and potential campaign volunteers. Rice says though he barely said a word to Judd, the staffer “added” him as a Facebook friend shortly thereafter, with a goal, as the leaked messages reveal, aimed more at asking Rice for sexual favors than political outreach or networking.
Rice says he felt “degraded and devalued as a human being” because of what Judd said to him. Rice was appalled that Judd continued to send him messages of a sexual and romantic
David Earl Williams III, an independent challenger to Schakowsky this fall, released a video yesterday responding to his opponent’s campaign staffer. In it, he called not only for the termination of Judd from Schakowsky’s campaign, but also for the congresswoman’s resignation herself, in what he termed the “#JanEmployeeHarrasmentScandal“:
ATPR has obtained the messages Judd sent to Rice, and is publishing them below, to let the reader decide for themselves whether or not Judd engaged in sexual harassment against Rice. The first piece of evidence:
A campaign employee asking for oral sex is only the tip of the iceberg in what Judd and Williams called “unprofessional behavior.” In subsequent messages, Judd tried to convince Rice to cheat on his girlfriend:
Judd asked Rice to marry him:
Schakowsky’s employee continued pleading Rice for oral sex:
Judd to Rice: “I’m clearly trying to mate with you”:
Judd went on to criticize longtime Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan:
But Judd soon turned back to his interest in Rice himself, asking the latter to break up with his current girlfriend to be with him instead, while asking for personal information:
Judd once again asked Rice to “marry him:”
Though Williams’s video has attracted attention on his public Facebook page, the Schakowsky campaign has not called for any disciplinary action to be taken against Judd. However, her campaign’s political director, Benjamin Head, did briefly respond through email to the individual who first sent the email about the alleged sexual harassment:
As often occurs when someone attacks a member of the LGBTQ community,
you’ve got your facts wrong. Tim Judd is not employed by Jan Schakowsky’s
government office, nor is he employed by Schakowsky for Congress. Tim is a
volunteer, an activist, and a private citizen. The speech that he engages
in on his own time, using his own accounts, is none of our business–nor is
On Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 11:06 PM, Harv Marsden <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Max Rice responded to Head’s email:
Dear Mrs. Schakowsky,
Yesterday evening, a constituent sent your campaign evidence of sexual
harassment. The perpetrator was your volunteer coordinator (Tim Judd) and
the victim is the writer of this email (Max Rice).
From speeches, appearances on TV, and proposed legislation; It is clear
Mrs. Schakowsky that-no matter the size of the violation- we both agree on
the importance of addressing and combatting sexual harassment.
The statement below is from your political director Ben Head and I think
you will agree that the statement is not consistent with your alleged
And attached are two pieces of evidence that directly conflict Ben’s
“As often occurs when someone attacks a member of the LGBTQ
community,you’ve got your facts wrong. Tim Judd is not employed by Jan
Schakowsky’s government office, nor is he employed by Schakowsky for
Congress. Tim is a volunteer, an activist, and a private citizen. The
speech that he engage in on his own time, using his own accounts, is none
of our business–nor is it yours.” end statement.
To show that your campaign does not endorse a culture of lying in addition
to sexual harassment, I would appreciate a revised statement
ATPR has obtained some photo evidence conflicting with Head’s statement and seemingly backing up what Rice wrote in his email:
Additionally, a photo showing that Judd says he is the political director of the Democratic Party of Evanston:
ATPR will monitor this story should there be any new developments.