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BY: Susan Crabtree
California Democrats who have strongly supported the #MeToo movement and excoriated Republicans over their handling of decades-old sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh have been notably mum on the resignation last week of a top aide to Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) after news broke he had been sued for "gender harassment."
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Prominent Democrats in the Golden State, along with newly elected Democratic members of the California Congressional delegation, have also remained silent about #MeToo allegations against several other powerful Democrats.
Many of them have also declined to take a position on a lawsuit against Rep. Tony Cardenas (D., Calif.), the head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus PAC who has been accused of drugging and molesting a 16-year-old girl in 2007.
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The silence on the resignation of the Harris aide and Cardenas comes a year after many of the state's political leaders acknowledged a reckoning when it comes to sexual misconduct in and around Sacramento.
In the fall of 2017, nearly 200 women signed a letter demanding more accountability for a culture of rampant sexual harassment in the state's political circles.
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The fallout over the state's numerous #MeToo issues has continued ever since and has cost many state lawmakers and politicians, mostly Democrats, their jobs in a state where the party dominates the corridors of power.
Despite the reckoning, longtime Republican political operatives in the state say many Democrats have selective memory when it comes to #MeToo condemnations.
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"They say they believe victims but only when there's some political gain for them," one GOP operative argued.
The critics point to the continued silence on Cardenas, as well initial reluctance to hold accountable Roger Hernandez, a former Democratic assemblyman who was under a restraining order for beating his wife. They also say more should have been done far earlier to oust Tony Mendoza,...
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