Misconduct claims, union attacks cloud Democrat’s campaign
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia is campaigning for re-election under the cloud of a sexual misconduct investigation and half a million dollars of blistering attacks.
Investigators have cleared Garcia of allegations she groped a former male legislative staff member. But they say she frequently used vulgar language in violation of the Assembly’s sexual harassment policies.
Complainants who alleged harassment have 10 days to appeal investigators’ findings, meaning the case could drag on through the June 5 primary.
The State Building and Construction Trades Council has raised more than $500,000 to run television ads slamming her as unsuitable for office. A charter school group has also dropped $300,000 to oppose her and back Frine Medrano, a fellow Democrat.
Speaker Anthony Rendon has removed Garcia from all committees.