(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) today released the following statement in response to allegations of sexual misconduct:
“Upon reflection of the details alleged, I am certain I did not engage in the behavior I am accused of. However, as I’ve said before, any claims about sexual harassment must be taken seriously, and I believe elected officials should be held to a higher standard of accountability. Therefore, I am voluntarily taking an immediate unpaid leave from my position in the State Assembly, including any accompanying committee assignments, so as not to serve as a distraction or in any way influence the process of this investigation. I implore the Assembly Rules Committee to conduct a thorough and expeditious investigation, and I look forward to getting back to work on behalf of my constituents and for the betterment of California.”
On Thursday, a news story broke by POLITICO claims that California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia groped a legislative staffer in 2014 and made improper advances at a prominent lobbyist.
For our full story Thursday, click here.
After the allegations were made public, Senator Connie Leyva, who is vice chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus called for Garcia to take an immediate leave of absence.