On Thursday, Eric Bauman, the chairman of California’s Democratic Party, resigned from his position in disgrace, after announcing his intention to seek treatment for alcohol abuse the previous day – admissions which came after allegations of sexual misconduct were made.
In a statement, Bauman said he would resign, which he said was for anyone he “may have caused pain and who need to heal, for my own health, and in the best interest of the [Democrat] Party.”
Bauman went on to explain that “it is in everyone’s best interest for me to resign my position as chair of the California Democratic Party.”
Wednesday, the former chairman said he would be seeking medical treatment for alcohol abuse, as the outside investigation into allegations against him continued.
Bauman has faced calls to resign from his own Party, including the California Democratic Party’s vice chairwoman, Daraka Larimore-Hall, who called his alleged behavior “horrific” and “dehumanizing.”
From Washington Examiner:
California Democratic Party chairman Eric Bauman announced Thursday that he is resigning from his post amid a sexual misconduct controversy which prompted an outside investigation.
“I have made the realization that in order for those to whom I may have caused pain and who need to heal, for my own health, and in the best interest of the Party that I love and to which I have dedicated myself for more than 25 years, it is in everyone’s best interest for me to resign my position as chair of the California Democratic Party,” Bauman said Thursday.
“My dream was to create an environment at the CDP where the officers were partners, actual participants in the planning and operation of the Party; where delegates and staff could share their ideas and concerns; where outreach into key communities was not limited to the campaign cycle but but was a permanent year-round commitment,” Bauman said.
Last week, the second-vice chairwoman of the California Democratic Party, Daraka Larimore-Hall, sent a letter to the party asserting that Bauman “sexually harassed, and in some cases sexually assaulted, individuals during Party functions.” Additional details were not provided.
“I believe the victims. Their stories illustrate a clear and escalating pattern of Chairman Bauman’s horrific and dehumanizing behavior,” Larimore-Hall wrote, according to the Sacramento Bee. “This is unacceptable for a political organization dedicated to feminism, human rights and just working conditions. Our activists and voters look to us as a force for social change, and we must embody the values we fight for in society.”
Bauman said over the weekend that he took the allegations “seriously” and welcomed an independent investigation on the matter. On Monday, the California Democratic Party announced Bauman would be taking a leave of absence until the inquiry concluded.
“I take seriously any allegation brought forward by anyone who believes they have been caused pain,” Bauman said in a statement Saturday.
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