Another High-Profile Dem Faces Sexual Assault Allegations
Three weeks ago, the Democratic Party won a supermajority in the state legislature and the last Republican-held congressional seats in Orange County – a conservative bastion since the 30s – were lost to deeply-flawed progressives.
However, the chairman of the state party, Eric Bauman, finds himself in legal jeopardy after multiple sexual misconduct allegations were made against him. (Fox News)
The party decided to launch a probe after Vice Chair Daraka Larimore-Hall officially called on state Democratic Party leadership to remove Bauman from the elected position in an email over the weekend.
Larimore-Hall said the “credible, corroborated and utterly heart-breaking allegations” included “a number of party staff” who said Bauman sexually harassed or assaulted them at party events, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday.
Larimore-Hall reportedly did not go into detail about the allegations and did not name the people who had come forward.
“I take seriously any allegation brought forward by anyone who believes they have been caused pain,” Bauman said in a statement to the newspaper, adding a “respected outside investigator” was hired to probe the accusations. “I look forward to putting these allegations behind us and moving forward as unified Democrats.”
Two members of California's congressional delegation – both Democrats – are calling for Bauman's resignation as well.