Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra will resign after more sexual harassment reports surface

Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-Pacoima, announced Monday that he would not seek re-election and immediately resign from his leadership position of Assembly Whip.

“I have sought counsel from community members and constituents. After much discussion and reflection, the most prudent decision to avoid another costly special election in Los Angeles and ensure our community is not left without any representation in the state Assembly would be for me to resign at the end of the legislative session,” said Bocanegra in a statement.

According to the L.A. Times, the resignation came after it presented an article to the assemblyman’s office Friday afternoon in which six women accused him of sexual harassment.

It was revealed last month that Bocanegra had been disciplined in 2009 for “inappropriate and unwelcome physical contact” with and “inappropriate and unwelcome verbal remarks” directed at a legislative staffer at an after-work event.

Elise Flynn Gyore said Bocanegra, who was then chief of staff for then-Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, “menaced me that evening,” groping her and following her in a threatening manner.

Bocanegra was first elected to the Assembly in 2012, then narrowly defeated in 2014. He then won in a rematch in 2016.

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  1. Richard Rider
    Richard Rider 20 November, 2017, 13:04

    Misleading headline. According to this article, he is NOT resigning from the legislature. Just not running in 2018 for his office (at least that’s what he says now).

    He resigned only from his Assembly Whip position. BFD. Still gets pay and perks until 2019.

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    • Terry
      Terry 20 November, 2017, 15:55

      Do not be surprised if he gets paid forever. Even after he leaves.

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      • Richard Rider
        Richard Rider 21 November, 2017, 07:54

        Oddly enough, we the people did away with our CA legislators’ pensions via the initiative process.

        But he might well be appointed to some useless CA state commission (there are HUNDREDS), perhaps “earning” a six figure income for MAYBE six weeks work.

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        • Tobi12
          Tobi12 27 November, 2017, 03:38

          Oh Richard, you are such a cynic! We should have the state hire you to dig out the other perverts who just haven’t been discovered yet and make them resign! I think most politicians, when someone else gets caught, say something like “Boy, thank goodness they haven’t caught me yet!

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  2. Sen Ted Steele
    Sen Ted Steele 5 December, 2017, 09:13

    Hey– The GOP is ok with child molesters in Congress’ lol..

    Tired of winning yet?

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