Eric Bauman, chairman of the Californian Democratic Party, who is under internal investigation for multiple sexual assaults or harassment investigations, will be on leave until the end of the investigation, the party said Monday.
Party spokesman Mike Roth said Bauman had decided to take a leave of absence "[a] after taking the holiday weekend to consider the most constructive route for the work of the California Democratic Party."
"Chairman Bauman." believes that this decision is the best way to ensure the independence and integrity of the process, "Roth added." The party is confident that the existing procedures will allow all parties to express their views freely and to have a thorough and informed understanding
The internal investigation was initiated after the vice-chairman of the Daraka Larimore-Hall party demanded Bauman's dismissal for what Larimore-Hall called "credible, confirmed and absolutely heartbreaking claims", Bauman had harassed or attacked them at party events, and others including California US Representative Ro Khanna and Orange County Young Democrats called on Bauman to step aside.
Mail from Larimore-Hall did not contain any information on the suspected incidents nor, for u the affected employees. The Sacramento Bee reported that Larimore-Hall had spoken with two prosecutors and a witness before sending his e-mail. 1
The party's executive committee may vote to remove Bauman from office, but Larimore-Hall's claim for Bauman's removal is still a few steps away from such a poll.
AFTER CALIFORNIA SHOOTING Bauman's holiday comes just weeks after the California Democrats become major winners in the midterm elections and won important seats in Congress in an area that has long been occupied by the Republicans.
A series of sexual offenses against lawmakers, lobbyists and others in politics have shaken the political world of California at the height of the #MeToo movement at the end of last year, when three Democratic men resigned as state legislators, according to State Legislature Commissioned investigators had been found that they were probably inappropriate conduct perpetrated. Bauman narrowly won the party presidency against Kimberly Ellis last year following a controversial battle between established Democrats and progressive activists. During this fight Bauman said he had been falsely attacked by rumors that he had committed inappropriate behavior with teenagers. Bauman is the first openly gay leader of the party.
Bauman called the rumors "despicable lies" and Ellis condemned them.
First Deputy Chairman Alex Rooker will take over Bauman's appointment as the investigation continues.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.