California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia -- whose high-profile advocacy of the #MeToo movement earned her national media notice -- is herself the subject of a state legislative investigation in the wake of a report that she sexually harassed and groped a former legislative staffer.
He said she cornered him alone after the annual Assembly softball game in Sacramento as he attempted to clean up the dugout. Fierro, who said Garcia appeared inebriated, said she began stroking his back, then squeezed his buttocks and attempted to touch his crotch before he extricated himself and quickly left.
Interesting article. What a perfect storm of hypocrisy and irony if the allegations prove true. I do notice that Garcia is not claiming "every accuser must be believed" but rather "every accusation must be taken seriously and investigated." I've been saying that should have been the #metoo movement's approach all along:
"Every complaint about sexual harassment should be taken seriously and I will participate fully in any investigation that takes place,"said Garcia in a statement Thursday. "The details of these claims have never been brought to my attention until today. I can confirm that I did attend the 2014 legislative softball game with a number of members and my staff. I can also say I have zero recollection of engaging in inappropriate behavior and such behavior is inconsistent with my values."
I also notice Garcia says "I have zero recollection" which might be true (but wouldn't be an excuse) since both accusers claim she was very drunk at the time the alleged harassment occurred.
At that point, Garcia "stepped in front of me and reaches out and is grabbing for my crotch,'' he said. That was "the line in the sand," according to the lobbyist, and he stopped her. "I was four inches from her, eyeball to eyeball -- and I said, That ain't gonna happen.'"
She's a little chunky , but doable. As a lobbyist he sucks at his job. Instead of monetary bribes all he had to do was hit it.
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