A top suburban Republican said he sought a restraining order against his wife who was charged with attacking him over the weekend after she discovered he had invited two women to their Inverness home.
A police report refers to the women as prostitutes. But Gary Skoien, Palatine Township GOP committeeman and a former Cook County Republican chairman, disputed the report and said Wednesday he was working to correct it.
Skoien said two female friends were visiting around 1 a.m. Sunday, when his wife, Eni, who had returned home a bit earlier, came downstairs and attacked him.
“I was not in a compromising position other than I had friends over to my house,” Skoien said.
And this quote:
“No money was exchanged. Nobody was naked,” Skoien, 55, said.
The police had a different account.
The police report said Skoien “told [the responding officer] he did in fact have prostitutes with him in the playroom when his wife caught him.” The playroom looked like “a struggle of some kind took place there…There were items turned and tossed around the room,” the report said.
“That’s how it was reported to us,” Barrington/Inverness Police Deputy Chief Jerry Libit said.
And then his friends ran for cover:
As word of the incident got around local political circles, two candidates on the Republican slate for Palatine Township board asked the Daily Herald to remove Skoien from their lists of endorsements.
“I think Gary needs to respectfully resign and work on mending his family,” trustee candidate and retired Des Plaines police officer Sharon Johnson said. “He’s not the person of character I had originally thought.”
Sue Johnson (no relation), who’s running for township collector, also backed off Skoien’s endorsement. But later Wednesday she said via e-mail that she was no longer seeking to remove Skoien’s name from her list of endorsers, having made the initial request “without having all the information. … My concern is for Gary and his family during this difficult time.”
…A person who answered the phone at the home of Carol Tesmer, the Palatine Township
GOP committeewoman, simply called the story “a lie” but would not elaborate.