A female Democrat serving in the California State Assembly hypocritically rebuked a state lobbying organization because it did not ask one of her colleagues accused of sexual harassment to leave its event.
Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) claims that she has seen Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) around the capitol since he took a voluntary leave of absence with pay on January 3.
However, she failed to explain why she had not made any public statements condemning Mendoza’s presence in the halls of the capitol building.
Mendoza has been accused by several women and former staffers of behaving inappropriately, with one former intern claiming that he provided her with alcohol back in his hotel room when she was 19-years-old and invited her to stay the night.
Garcia was one of the original signers of the October 17 #wesaidenough letter that began the conversation on sexual harassment and misconduct issues in Sacramento. In a Los Angeles Times article, Garcia said she was groped by a lobbyist shortly after taking office in 2012.
However, she, like almost all of the other signers of the letter, refused to identify and hold the alleged perpetrators accountable.
She said she has not named her groper because “I’m insulated, but only to a certain point. There’s only so much pushback I can take in a given day.”
“Leave means leave,” Garcia said in a statement. “Mr. Mendoza continues to show his lack of willingness to adhere to the rules he’s been told to abide by in the State Legislature.”
She added that Mendoza’s “actions continue to add insult to injury. This community must take this issue seriously. California Contract Cities should have asked him to leave their event and others should follow suit until this matter is resolved. This shows further how pervasive this culture is and how much work we must do.”
However, the reporter failed to ask Garcia why she or any of her colleagues have not initiated Proposition 50 protocols to suspend Sen. Mendoza without pay.
Prop 50 was passed overwhelmingly by the voters in June 2016 following several corruption scandals involving Democrat legislators, including a gun control advocate busted for gun running. It allows members of the legislature, with a two-thirds vote, to suspend its colleagues without pay.
While she is conducting her “holier-than-thou” media roadshow demanding that Mendoza leave the capitol and rebuking other organizations, she was quiet as a church mouse when she witnessed him present with her own eyes. Additionally, she pretends to a valiant warrior for the #metoo cause while completely ignoring that she has Prop 50 at her disposal.
It is all faux outrage and Kabuki Theater by the California Democrats who have seen three other colleagues resign from office after they were accused of sexual misconduct or believed to have been involved in sexual misconduct. On top of that, the California Democratic Party attempted to hide the fact that one of their activists accused one of its executive board members of raping her.
How can you take Assemblywoman Garcia and her no-nonsense “tough talk” seriously when she enables her alleged harasser by refusing to name him, refuses to call out Mendoza after she witnessed him in the capitol with her own eyes, and does not attempt to suspend him without pay under the provisions granted by the voters via Proposition 50?