CALIFORNIA: State Assembly Democratic Majority Whip Resigns After Multiple Sexual Misconduct Allegations

The Associated Press reports:

California Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra is resigning immediately following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Los Angeles Democrat had previously said he wouldn’t seek re-election and would leave office at the end of the next legislative session. He said Monday that he’s decided to leave immediately following reflection over the Thanksgiving weekend and conversations with family, friends and supporters.

Legislative staffer Elise Flynn Gyore says Bocanegra put his hands inside her blouse at an after-work event at a Sacramento nightclub in 2009. Both were legislative staff members at the time. Several other women told the Los Angeles Times that he groped or kissed them without consent.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Honestly, Heterosexual men!!!!
    I have never rubbed up against or groped a woman, ever! And outside of the baths, back in my single days, never a man either.

    • Todd20036

      For gay men, sex is easy, and power tripping is easy. It’s not difficult to find someone willing to be submissive.

      But more importantly, we know better than to act like jerks. Too many people see us as having 2 strikes against us simply because we aren’t heterosexual. So we know better than to break the law.

      • Ben in Oakland

        Except for Kevin spacey.
        But I agree with you.

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    • Reality.Bites

      I know it’s a ‘too, but the caption works so much better for me imagining it as a real-life human size rabbit from a cartoon.

      A flesh-and-blood Bugs (not a person in a costume) with those teeth would be a monster.

      • Robincho

        You do NOT wanna go at it with a pissed-off ‘roo. Those bitches’ll kill your ass…

  • Tomcat

    Don’t bother to run for anything if you have assaulted Women, please. just don’t.

    • Tomcat

      Or children!

  • Do Something Nice

    Good riddance.

  • Tread

    O/T:

    Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov ‘ready to step down’

    Ramzan Kadyrov, the outspoken leader of Russia’s Chechnya republic, said he was ready to step down, leaving it for the Kremlin to choose his successor.

    Kadyrov, a 41-year-old father of 12 whose interests vary from thoroughbred horses to wrestling and boxing, has been accused by human rights bodies of arbitrary arrests and torture of opponents, zero tolerance of sexual minorities and tough political declarations that have embarrassed the Kremlin.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/27/chechen-leader-ramzan-kadyrov-ready-to-step-down

    They must have found out about his boyfriend.

    • Tomcat

      Yeah, because everything else is the norm.

      • Tread

        Honestly, it’s always these types who harbor some deep-seated, ashamed adoration of men. They internalize their homophobia and project it outwards as hate.

        • Ninja0980

          That or kids.

    • joeyj1220

      his interests also involve breeding. Jesus… father of 12 at the age of 41????

      • Tread

        Are they really his kids?

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    This is what you will need to do Roy, IF you are (s)elected.

    • Chucktech

      This is what you will need to do Roy. , IF you are (s)elected.

  • lenvus

    Before this discussion becomes Republican vs. Democratic, it is largely about power. The corruption is not on one side of the political aisle, it is on all sides and lies with all people in positions of power. It is not based on race or even on sexual orientation. People in positions of power believe they can do whatever they wish. Because, largely and historically they have. No one has ever questioned them, and unfortunately they have been able to get away with it. Victims have been discarded, discredited, and discounted. Now, the tide is turning, and I hope this is permanent.

    • Tomcat

      Only thing that is permanent is change.

    • Mike

      They say that, that it’s largely about power, but I think it’s mostly about horny men who have a skewed sense of appropriateness and decency. Powerless people do this too.

      • Chucktech

        But when “powerless” people do this, they’re told to fuck right the fuck off.

        • Reality.Bites

          Depends. Everyone is more powerful than someone else. And among powerless people women have even less power than men.

      • Gerry Fisher

        >but I think it’s mostly about horny men who have a skewed sense of appropriateness and decency.

        This would explain an incident or two, a “whoops!” After the first negative consequence, “appropriateness” should get redefined mighty fast. Failure to do so means that they are exerting power, feeling above the consequences.

  • justmeeeee

    Looks like we’re fixin’ to lose about 60% of our elected “leaders” before this is all over. Fun, huh?

    • boobert

      Only 60% ? lol

      • Tomcat

        Yeah, the men make up a higher percentage than that.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      You mean democratic “leaders” don’t you? Republicans will never do this because it would require a modicum of self-reflection and admitting one’s culpability.

      • Chucktech

        That’s not entirely true. If you’re a Republican and a homo and you’re caught doing this shit, yer outta here pretty fast, too.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          True, but it ain’t the homo’s grabbin’ the pussy…and if they were, I suspect there’d be a lot of “ewww, ewww, ewww” being exclaimed while doing so.

          • Chucktech

            Eeew, no, not pussy! But remember that good christian homo pig in Ohio recently who was caught doin’ the homo dirty in his office? He’s so outta there.

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            Yeah, that’s a special breed of contemptible scumbag.

        • Joseph Miceli

          Well, what do you expect? After all, Tony Perkins can’t cover for all of them!

  • clay

    No more socio/psycho-paths in power!

    • Todd20036

      Crud. I’m screwed.

  • Ninja0980

    Glad to see the trash finally start to be taken out but I’ll also say this.
    With all of these cases, trust but verify first.
    All it takes is one false accusation and the effort to get these predators and pervs out of office will be over with.

    • Reality.Bites

      I have a feeling most of the accused know whether or not to fight, even if the accusation isn’t true.

      IOW, you might falsely accuse me, and I might resign before the ones I really did something to come forward now that you’ve broken the floodgates. I’m sure there are a lot of people right now wondering when their incident(s) will make the press.

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  • JAKvirginia

    Time for a new hashtag: #youtoo? Sigh…..

  • Mike C

    Goodbye, we don’t need that shit. Too much at stake. GTFO.

  • Chucktech

    So, you’re a pig? Welp… sorry…

    Now, off you go.

  • Tomcat

    So much for glass houses and stones.

  • Tomcat

    Come on Ladies, time to come forward and get your day in court, so to speak.

  • Mike

    “State Assembly Democratic Majority Whip?” It feels like we’re getting down to a molecular level now. Just to keep score of Democrats and Republicans? Let’s concede, this one time, and with a nod to Chuck Todd, “it’s the same on BOTH sides.”

  • SoCalGal20

    Expect more. There is apparently a huge problem with some men in the state capitol.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/19/us/california-legislature-sexual-harassment-allegations/index.html

    • Ninja0980

      Not to mention many other state legislatures as well.
      Surprised there hasn’t been anyone coming forward here in NY.

      • SoCalGal20

        Yes, I’m sure in other states as well. I’ve just been seeing things about CA specifically on my twitter feed.

        • Ninja0980

          I’d say if there is positive proof, boot them out.

    • Reality.Bites

      There is a huge problem with some men everywhere.

      Some of the stories we’re hearing are horrifying, but none are really surprising or unbelievable – i.e. even if Moore were innocent, his behaviour DOES happen everywhere, all the time. It’s not a freakish thing like the German cannibal with the willing victim.

      Just think of every guy who’s done something mildly to grotesquely wrong to you, and imagine how many other women he’s done it to.

  • Steve Smith

    Maybe when at least 50%of all politicians and legislators are women this crap will finally stop. Its about time.

  • chris james

    Groped and kissed them….sounds Presidential to me.

  • Kevin Andrews

    Let the punishment fit the crime. Send these “entitled” Boars into a pen of Women to have their way with it in the public square.
    I’m sure there won’t be a single self-respecting woman there.
    Entitled bastards all deserve corporal punishment.

  • andrew

    Thank you Mr Bocanegra, Franken and Conyers. You have made it more difficult for us Democrats to accuse Republicans of not respecting women in the 2018 elections.

    • JCF

      But the point is, Bocanegra is now GONE. Which is where Moore should be (and Conyers. Franken, whose allegations are much less egrigious, may survive).

      • andrew

        My point is that these leading Democrats have been accused of disrespecting women and so the moral high ground that we were on in this regard has indeed been significantly lowered.

  • JCF