#MeToo, gas tax roil California primary legislative battles
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sexual harassment complaints and a gas tax increase are creating an unusual California legislative primary election.
Tony Mendoza resigned over harassment allegations but is running for the Senate seat he just gave up.
Also up for grabs are two Assembly seats vacated by members felled by sexual harassment complaints. And Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, once a prominent leader of the #MeToo movement, is being challenged by six fellow Democrats after she was accused of groping a former legislative staff member, a charge she denies.
June 5 also features an attempt to recall Democratic Sen. Josh Newman, ostensibly over his vote to increase gasoline taxes. But unseating him would also help keep Democrats below a two-thirds super majority.
Half the 40-seat Senate and all 80 Assembly seats are in play.