#BelieveSurvivors: California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman accused of sexual assault

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Eric Bauman was all for destroying Justice Kavanaugh based on flimsy allegations. Some of his tweets/retweets during the confirmation process:

“This says it all: #DefeatKavanaugh. Time for justice for the 1 in 6 women who are victims of sexual violence. #MeToo #BelieveSurvivors #TimesUp #WhyIDidntReport”

“Any person listening to #ChristinaBlaseyFord testify who does not hear & feel her pain & see her deep emotion as she relives this trauma, is heartless & utterly inhuman. The contrast between the sensitivity of the Democratic Senators & the GOP prosecutor is stark. #KavaNOPE

‘The safety and dignity of women is no longer secondary to the needs of powerful men.’ @timesupnow is calling for Brett Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination to the Supreme Court”

“A vicious, vile and soulless attack on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Is it any wonder that she was terrified to come forward, and that other sexual assault survivors are as well? She is a remarkable profile in courage. He (President Trump) is a profile in cowardice.”

Wonder if Bauman still wants us to #BelieveSurvivors now that he’s being accused of sexual harassment? Is it time for Kavanaugh-style justice or for Bauman to have his due process?

From SF Chronicle: California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman has been accused of sexually assaulting or harassing staff members by Vice Chairman Daraka Larimore-Hall, the party’s third-in-command.

In an email sent Saturday to the party’s executive board, Larimore-Hall said he has filed a complaint with the party’s human resources department, calling for Bauman to be removed as chairman in light of what Larimore-Hall called “credible, corroborated and utterly heart-breaking allegations.”

“I take seriously any allegation brought forward by anyone who believes they have been caused pain,” Bauman, the state party’s first openly gay chairman, said in a statement Saturday evening. He said an independent investigation of the allegations had been undertaken by a “respected outside investigator” to ensure that staffers making the charges are “free from any concerns of retaliation.”

“Procedures are in place to handle these matters, and independent counsel will ensure that they are followed. I look forward to putting these allegations behind us and moving forward as unified Democrats.

Larimore-Hall did not respond to requests for comment, but in the email to the executive board he said that he had been recently approached by “a number of party staff” who said they had been sexually harassed or assaulted by Bauman at party functions.

“I will forever be inspired by the bravery of these young political professionals, many of whom are at the very beginnings of their careers,” Larimore-Hall wrote.

Larimore-Hall included no details about the alleged incidents or the staff members who reportedly were assaulted. In his email, he said that he would allow the victims to decide whether to come forward. “Obviously, it is completely unacceptable for Chairman Bauman to remain in office” given the allegations, he said.

Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Fremont, called the allegations “shocking” on Twitter Friday evening and suggested Bauman be replaced by Michele Dauber, a law professor at Stanford who spearheaded the effort to recall Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky. The judge sparked national outrage after he sentenced a Stanford athlete to six months in jail for sexually assaulting and attempting to rape an unconscious woman.

“We need a bold feminist to lead for 2020,” Khanna said. He also said he’d also support Kimberly Ellis of Richmond, whom Bauman bested in the contentious race for the party’s top job by just 62 votes last year at the state party convention.

That race exposed deep fault lines within the state’s Democratic Party. Bauman, a longtime party insider, was seen by the party’s more left-leaning faction as insufficiently progressive, too cozy with business interests and willing to disregard the demands of the party’s grassroots members.

Hene Kelly, an executive board member and regional director for the party in the Bay Area, said the allegations ought to be investigated but worried that they would sap some of the momentum built up in the wake of state Democrat’s resounding victories during the midterms.

“I’m absolutely torn up about this, because this is not what we need right now,” she said.


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13 responses to “#BelieveSurvivors: California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman accused of sexual assault

  1. Oh poor baby!

    Taking my lead from President Truman (Democrat), my advice to this clown is: “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

  2. The distancing language used to keep accusations at arm’s length is becoming laughable: “I take seriously any allegation brought forward by anyone who believes they have been caused pain.” Pain is a belief now?

    It’s commonplace for many politicians’ reflexive support for ideological talking points to be overtaken by their own bad behavior.

    It’s not just politicians, I suppose.

    Gay culture may have different social cues for sexual interest and so it would be instructive to hear from the victims about details of the assaults. Gay or not, if a person is accused publicly, his/her accusers and their stories should also be made public.

    DCG mentions the real reason this guy may have been targeted: “Bauman, a longtime party insider, was seen by the party’s more left-leaning faction as insufficiently progressive…”

    It could be a Party coup. Of course that doesn’t mean he’s not guilty. It could just mean that his guilt was held till it was politically useful.

  3. It seems as if the Democrats policy of always believe the woman, is coming back to haunt some of them. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was a very strong voice in making Al Franken resign. He didn’t want to, and had quite a few of his supporters telling him to stay, and fight.
    But then when Gillibrand came out forcefully and in the media, with demands that he resign, he felt as if he had no choice, and quit. But then, later at a sort of commiseration party with some of the people who had donated money for his campaigns, the talk was about how mad that they were at Kirsten and her demands that Al Franken step down. Some of them even said that they would not vote for her again, and of course, never give her money. This from some of the leading movers and shakers of the Democratic party.
    Now that Gillibrand has designs on the Presidency for 2020, she is in a much tougher position, and could have a deleterious effect on her chances. Many of the money bundlers were women, and even they thought that her attack was too self serving. Here is a link if you want to read it for yourself, since it is always good to not trust without checking, anything that some knucklehead like me says on the internet. Not that I would lie, but I could always make a mistake. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/26/al-franken-kirsten-gillibrand-2020-1014697

  4. Given that he’s queer, I am assuming that this “harassment and/or assault” was against male staff? Funny how quickly hypocrisy gets out of hand when one employs the insane.

    I like what Toni said about “pain” being a “belief”. I see this a lot lately. Those who live in a world where EVERYTHING is subjective often do this. That way, when caught, they can simply declare that “for them” what they did was OK.

  5. With a face like his, rape and harassment is all Mr. Potato Head has.

  6. Nasty pervs everywhere. Strange thing is the majority of them are Democrats.

  7. Meanwhile, where’s the #MeToo feminist outrage about Michael Avenatti?

  8. Here’s a GREAT example. Again, Portland, OR. An Antifa punk gets ZERO jail time for second rape of a child conviction. The first was a girl, this one was a boy. This is our future if the Demonrats regain the throne:


  9. This can’t BE!! He’s a DEMOCRAT,for God’s sake!!! You know-the Party of Rainbows and Unicorns,the #metoo movement,the Party of inclusiveness and FAIR Politics!


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