Sexual misconduct accusations against California assemblywoman twist gender dynamics of #MeToo movement

Sexual misconduct accusations against California assemblywoman twist gender dynamics of #MeToo movement
Sexual misconduct accusations against California assemblywoman twist gender dynamics of #MeToo movement
She said the Garcia allegations fit the mold because she has “considerable power” while her accusers do not.

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Sexual misconduct accusations against California assemblywoman twist gender dynamics of #MeToo movement

She was quick to call for the immediate resignation of then-Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) in November, after The Times reported that multiple women accused him of unwanted advances. And she was outspoken about the allegations that state Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) behaved improperly with female staffers, declaring she would not work with him and criticizing him for working while on leave during an investigation into his conduct.

In a Capitol that has tended to close ranks in times of controversy, Garcia has adopted a more vocal posture. In 2016, she called on then-Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) to step aside after a judge issued a temporary restraining order against him amid domestic violence allegations.

The sexual harassment controversies gripping the Capitol have disproportionately ensnared men. Assemblyman Matt Dababneh (D-Woodland Hills), like Bocanegra, resigned after allegations of misconduct, which both men deny. State Sen. Bob Hertzberg ((D-Van Nuys)) has publicly apologized after being accused of giving hugs that made women feel uncomfortable.

Sexual misconduct accusations against California assemblywoman twist gender dynamics of #MeToo movement
Sexual misconduct accusations against California assemblywoman twist gender dynamics of #MeToo movement
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