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2 men accuse Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia — a vocal #MeToo ally — of sexual harassment

By in Press Enterprise on February 9, 2018

By Katy Murphy, Kevin Modesti

SACRAMENTO >> Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, one of the most prominent voices for women’s rights in the California Legislature, has been accused of groping a young legislative staffer in 2014.

Politico reported that the former staffer, Daniel Fierro of Cerritos, said Garcia, a Democrat from Bell Gardens, cornered him after the annual Assembly softball game in 2014 while he was cleaning up the dugout. He said Garcia, who appeared to be drunk, stroked his back, squeezed his buttocks and tried to grab his crotch before he was able to leave.

Fierro did not report the incident at the time. But in January — inspired by the #MeToo movement — he told his former boss, Assemblyman Ian Calderon; Calderon reported the incident to the Assembly Rules Committee, which launched an investigation, Politico reported.

The political news site also quoted an unnamed lobbyist who said that she sexually propositioned him last May and tried to grab his crotch at a political fundraising event.

“Every complaint about sexual harassment should be taken seriously and I will participate fully in any investigation that takes place,” said Garcia in a statement sent to reporters in response to inquiries Thursday. “The details of these claims have never been brought to my attention until today. I can confirm that I did attend the 2014 legislative softball game with a number of members and my staff. I can also say I have zero recollection of engaging in inappropriate behavior and such behavior is inconsistent with my values.”

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We can’t change workplace culture without getting a better assessment of what is really going on- and the current system fails to give policymakers, taxpayers and employees a full picture of the problem. #wesaidenough #metoo

— Cristina Garcia (@AsmGarcia) January 26, 2018

Shortly after the story broke, Sen. Connie […]    

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