Recently, sexual assault has been lingering over everyone’s heads like an unwanted Kevin Spacey at a children’s theater. Accusations are being lobbed at everyone from Harvey Weinstein to Pixar heads. Next we’ll find out Harvey’s houseplants themselves have been copping all teh feels. But for now, one of the communities finding itself hardest hit by these accusations is… California Democrats. Surprise!
A national reckoning on sexual harassment that got its start in Hollywood is now upending Democratic politics throughout the nation’s most populous state.
Scandal-induced resignations will cost California’s Democratic Party its supermajority in the state Legislature at least temporarily next year, and the fallout is spilling into the 2018 elections. It’s scrambling calculations for some of the state’s most powerful politicians in Sacramento, and even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was caught in the fray when she defended now former-Rep. John Conyers last month as an “icon.”
“We’re in unchartered territory here,” said Garry South, a veteran Democratic strategist who advised former California Gov. Gray Davis. “This whole issue has hit a critical mass in a very short time. I’ve never seen anything like it before — and I don’t know where it ends.”
The accusations unfolding in California are hitting the state’s dominant Democratic Party especially hard. The state Assembly is convening hours of public hearings dedicated to sexual harassment, while the state Senate leader, Kevin de León, recently announced the hiring of two law firms to investigate accusations of misconduct.
Last month, then-Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, a Los Angeles Democrat, resigned after the Los Angeles Times published accusations of harassment from six women. Shortly after, Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, a former aide to Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman announced he will resign effective Jan. 1, after multiple women accused him of misconduct. A Sacramento lobbyist, Pamela Lopez, accused Dababneh of cornering her in a Las Vegas bathroom last year and masturbating while urging her to touch him.
So that’s where Democrats currently find themselves sat. On a phalic throne of sexual assault.
If you’re waiting for legions of feminists to march on Sacramento in protest, I wouldn’t hold my breath. However, there have still been consequences to this touchy feely tomfoolery. The California Democrat party is currently imploding. Being eaten alive by their own #MeTooers.
I guess the lesson here is: before you squawk “pro-woman” propaganda at everyone else, be sure your own closet is free of any sexually assaulted skeletons. Creeps.