In what seems to be one of the most ironic stories of the week, a female California Democratic lawmaker who actually played a major role in the #MeToo movement is now under a #MeToo investigation herself. According to Politico, she allegedly sexually harassed and groped two men, a prominent lobbyist, and a former staffer. In fact, one of them claimed she said to him: “I’ve set a goal for myself to f#ck you.”
Apparently, the person in question is California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, who was even featured on the cover of Time magazine’s “Silence Breakers.” The goal of this cover was to honor her role as one of the first lawmakers in the U.S. to speak out against sexual harassment and abuse.
In its bombshell report on the investigation, the left-leaning magazine pointed out that her hypocrisy represents a serious threat to the nationwide movement, which has been credited with bringing the issue of sexual harassment “into the open.”
According to Politico, Garcia is a powerful Democratic lawmaker who currently serves as chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus. In addition, this magazine pointed out that she is one of the leading voices of Sacramento on the #MeToo movement.
Apparently, Garcia was one of the hundreds of women from that area who decided to sign a letter declaring “#WeSaidEnough” in protestation against sexual harassment. As a matter of fact, she even claimed to have personally been a victim of it.
Ironically she’s now under investigation after two men decided to accuse her of sexual misconduct. In fact, the details of both cases are quite horrible.
One of the two individuals who is accusing Garcia has been described by Politico as a man who is known for being one of Sacramento prominent lobbyists. Apparently, this person decided to speak with the magazine on the condition of anonymity.
This lobbyist, who represents one of the most important industry associations in Sacramento, accused Garcia of groping him back in May 2017.
As reported by Politico, everything started when the Assemblywoman appeared to have been drinking heavily at the de Veres bar in Sacramento, celebrating a fundraiser hosted by Governor Jerry Brown for state Senator Josh Newman.
According to the lobbyist, he was heading out the door to avoid Garcia, who had been quite “flirtatious” and had called him on previous opportunities for some late night drinks, which he always declined.
Apparently, Garcia came back and started to whisper real close to him, to the point where he said he could smell the alcohol and notice that she was “pretty far gone.”
At that moment, the Assemblywoman allegedly looked at the Sacramento lobbyist for a second and said: “I’ve set a goal for myself to f#ck you.”
According to the lobbyist, Garcia then decided to step in front of him and literally grabbed his groin. Naturally, he told Politico that this was a really uncomfortable moment.
Soon after she allegedly made that move, the prominent lobbyist stopped her, looked at her eyes and said: “that ain’t gonna happen.”
While this was a very uncomfortable moment that could represent a really harming element for Garcia’s career, the second case was even worse.
The other man who accused her of sexual misconduct is a former staffer to Assemblyman Ian Calderon, named Daniel Ferro of Cerritos.
He told Politico that back in 2014, when he was 25 years old, Garcia decided to grope him soon after an Assembly softball game.
According to his description of the events, the Assemblywoman cornered him alone as he was trying to clean up the dugout. Soon after that moment, Fierro said that Garcia began stroking his back, then squeezed his buttocks, and eventually tried to touch his groin before he decided to get away from her. Fierro pointed out that she appeared inebriated during the entire event.
Yesterday, Garcia issued a statement in response to the reports of the investigation into her alleged sexual misconduct on these two men.
The assemblywoman said in her statement that every single complaint about sexual harassment must be taken seriously, and pointed out that she would participate fully in any investigation that takes place.
In addition, Garcia confirmed that she did attend the 2014 legislative softball game with some members of her staff. However, she claimed that she has zero recollection of engaging in any kind of inappropriate behavior with any individual.
While Garcia said in her statement that she wasn’t aware of the details of these claims against her, one of her spokeswomen contradicted her afterward. Apparently, this spokeswoman said that Garcia had in fact been aware of the controversial reports to the Assembly Rules committee.
Naturally, this puts the Assemblywoman in a really uncomfortable position.