The country has been rocked by myriad allegations of sexual misconduct. Those accused have included those in the entertainment industry, news industry, and the political arena. Ironically, nearly all of the accused have been members of the political Left. The latest politician is yet another example of that.
A top Democrat politician in California has announced his plans of resignation after he faced sexual harassment allegations. As Fox News reported, California Assembly Majority Whip, Raul Bocanegra (D), has announced he will not seek re-election and will be stepping down from leadership.
“I spent my life advocating for the Northeast Valley, fighting for a fair share for our communities and residents,” Bocanegra stated. “It is because of my deep commitment to you, residents of the 39th Assembly District, that I have made the decision to resign from the State Assembly, effective September 1, 2018, and immediately resign my leadership position. I am also suspending my campaign and will not run for re-election.”
Bocanegra will only resign immediately from his majority whip position. He will remain in the assembly until the end of his term in 2018. His decision to delay his total resignation was made to avoid “another costly special election in Los Angeles and ensure our community is not left without any representation in the State Assembly.”
It is the first act of resignation or retirement as a result of sexual misconduct allegations.
A female staffer alleged that Bocanegra — a chief of staff at the time — groped her at a nightclub in 2009, and he was disciplined as a result of a human resources investigation. The news emerged last month, which prompted Bocanegra to address the claim publicly.
“It was a moment that I truly regret, that I am very sorry for, and for which I have accepted responsibility for my actions,” Bocanegra stated of the allegation. “These news reports have since fueled persistent rumors and speculation, and I do not believe that this is in the best interest of my constituents to continue to serve next term.”
Last week, however, Bocanegra was also accused of similar conduct by six other women. Their claims were compiled in a report that was delivered to his office last week. It was only in light of these allegations that Bocanegra announced his resignation and the termination of his reelection campaign.
California Assembly Speaker, Anthony Rendon, stated that if the investigation confirms the allegations, he would move to expel Bocanegra from the Assembly.
California Assembly Majority Whip Raul Bocanegra (D), is facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment. Is there a culture of sexual aggression in the political realm?
Bocanegra has called for an investigation into his own misconduct. “I believe rather than adjudicate these allegations in media reports, there should be a formal investigation into these matters. I am committed to full cooperation,” he wrote. Some have coined the response the “Al Franken defense” referring to Senator Al Franken (D-MN), requesting an investigation into his own sexual misconduct allegations, and pledging “full cooperations.”
Hopefully, the investigation will deliver justice where it is due. If the allegations are indeed correct, California will be better off without the representation of one guilty of sexual misconduct. Other Democrats should follow Bocanegra’s lead and resign from their positions as well.