Calif. Democratic Leader Quits As Sexual Abuse Allegations Mount, Now Claims To Be Seeking Treatment

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 Facing pressure to step down because of sexual misconduct allegations, California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman resigned Thursday. And he now claims to be seeking treatment for alcoholism.
 California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman

Bauman, a longtime political operative in Los Angeles County, apologized to the people he hurt.

 

“I have made the realization that in order for those to whom I may have caused pain and who need to heal, for my own health, and in the best interest of the party that I love and to which I have dedicated myself for more than 25 years, it is in everyone’s best interest for me to resign my position as chair of the California Democratic Party,” he said in a statement.

Bauman stepped down just hours after Governor-elect Gavin Newsom called for his resignation. He was the state party’s first openly gay chairman. “Sexual harassment shouldn’t be tolerated — no person or party, no matter how powerful, is above accountability,” Newsom’s spokesman Nathan Click told the Los Angeles Times.

Bauman’s downfall was swift. Two Initial complaints came to light last week and quickly snowballed with the Los Angeles Times reporting on allegations made by 10 party staffers and political activists accusing him of making crude sexual comments and engaging in unwanted touching or physical intimidation.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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