Sex suit filed against ex-California Democratic Party chair

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new lawsuit alleges that the former chairman of the California Democratic Party sexually assaulted two ex-staffers.

The Los Angeles Times says the suit alleges Eric Bauman groped and harassed former communications director John Vigna and a party activist, Spencer Dayton. The suit also alleges that Bauman discriminated against former party operations director Tina McKinnor because she is black.

The suit, which names Bauman and the state party, was filed Monday in Sacramento. It’s the third filed since January alleging misconduct by Bauman, who resigned in November after allegations of excessive drinking and sex harassment.

Bauman’s attorney, Neal Zaslavsky, declined comment, saying he and his client had not seen the lawsuit.

Alexandra Rooker, acting chair of the state party, told the Times that the party wouldn’t comment.

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