Top Democrat Faces Calls to Resign Over Multiple Sexual Assault Allegations
Eric Bauman has been accused of sexually assaulting several staff members
Leading Californian Democrat Eric Bauman has been accused of sexually assaulting several members of staff as calls for his resignation start to mount.
The state party's vice chairman, Daraka Larimore-Hall, told The Washington Post that he posted a letter on Tuesday to the secretary requesting for Bauman's removal as chairman.
The news comes after several party staff members approached Larimore-Hall claiming Bauman had sexually assaulted them.
Larimore-Hall said that he registered a formal complaint with the Democrat Party's human resources department requesting Bauman to step down.
Following Bauman refusal to step down, Larimore-Hall launched the formal process of calling for Bauman to be ousted.
According to Larimore-Hall's letter:
"In the days since the first brave souls have come forward, they have been joined by others with similar stories and experiences."
He called the allegations 'credible, corroborated and utterly heart-breaking'.
He then demanded that Democrats 'honor these survivors by respecting their desire to be left alone, and in some cases to remain anonymous'.
Bauman, who is the first openly gay person to head the party in the state, has been the California Democratic Party chairman since 2017.
According to the statement Saturday to The Sacramento Bee - he said 'a respected outside investigator has undertaken a prompt, thorough and independent investigation of the allegations'.
"I take seriously any allegation brought forward by anyone who believes they have been caused pain," he added.
He also maintained he is looking forward to 'putting these allegations behind us and moving forward as unified Democrats.'
No details were disclosed of the alleged incidents by Larimore-Hall.
Larimore-Hall stated in his email that he would support the victim's decision to come forward in their own time.
He added, "I will forever be inspired by the bravery of these young political professionals, many of whom are at the very beginnings of their careers."
"Obviously, it is completely unacceptable for Chairman Bauman to remain in office given the allegations."
Democratic Representative Ro Khanna described the accusations against Bauman 'shocking.'
She then advised that the California Democrats replace him with Michele Dauber, who is a Stanford University professor of law.
Khanna added: 'We need a bold feminist to lead for 2020'.
He also added that he would recommend Kimberly Ellis of Richmond, who Bauman won against in the contentious race for the party’s top job by merely 62 votes last year at the state party convention.