Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Can't Spin This: More #MeToo Harrassment from #MeToo Champion Cristina Garcia

More #MeToo allegations against this leading #MeToo advocate in Sacramento.

Cristina Garcia should just resign now and get it over with. She is broken goods. Who would have thought that someone who had championed standing up to corruption would turn out to be so corrupt herself.

I think of the William Butler Yeats poem "The Second Coming":

The best lack all conviction, while the worst   
Are full of passionate intensity. 

The Cristina Garcia sexual-harassment scandal expanded when a former aide said the California assemblywoman suggested staffers join her in a game of “spin the bottle” and fired him after he complained.

I respect the staffer speaking out about this abuse of power. She was in charge of her office, and she would put her staffers through these odious practices. What were they going to say? The staffers of today become the candidates of tomorrow, and they want to ensure that they get elected without anyone stopping them.

First reported by Politico, the complaint filed Saturday with the state Department of Fair Employment & Housing by a former Garcia staffer identified as J. David Kernick follows allegations reported Feb. 8 that the Bell Gardens Democrat tried to grope a male legislative aide and a male lobbyist.

At least this whistleblower was willing to be named for the public. Some of the allegations are hidden under a shroud of secrecy, which leads us to question whether they are true or not.

The charges have received particular attention because Garcia, 40, has been seen as one of the leaders of the #MeToo movement, decrying a culture of sexual harassment by powerful men in California government.

When Kevin De Leon and Antonio Villaraigosa were pleading for support from the Santa Monica Democratic Club earlier this month, they talked about controlling men and making sure that they respect women and honor their concerns. Repeatedly I had to call out and remind them of Cristina Garcia. Women abuse men, too, and there is a disconcerting number of females exploiting their own position of power to prey on younger men and boys.

That too is wrong, that too is sexual harassment, and women too need to be held accountable.

Garcia’s legislative district is one of five in Los Angeles County currently without a representative. Assemblymen Raul Bocanegra and Matt Dababneh resigned and Sen. Tony Mendoza is on leave after harassment allegations. Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas resigned, citing health problems.

Los Angeles County is a swamp of sexual perversion, which includes State Senator Ricardo Lara as well as Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon. They both need to be flushed, and we both need to see better people representing the citizens of the state of California in Sacramento.

Kernick said in the official complaint and an interview with Politico that in 2014, when he was a field representative to Garcia, she engaged in a night of heavy drinking and urged about a half-dozen staffers to play spin the bottle, the game in which players end up kissing.

Garcia has a serious drinking problem. Who knew? Actually, lots of people get "lit up" in Sacramento. It's just something that happens a lot. So much drinking, womanizing--and now "man"-izing has become prominent.

Garcia “was seemingly not critical of [Kernick’s] work until after he questioned the appropriateness of her suggestion that after a fundraiser at a whiskey bar that [he] sit on the floor of her hotel room and play spin the bottle,” the complaint said.

Kernick had every right to call out Assemblywoman Garcia's "spin the bottle" perversity.

Kernick said that after “protesting this sexual harassment,” he was written up for insubordination and fired. Kernick said the write-up prevented him from finding another job in politics.

WOW! Then Kernick was pushed out of politics altogether for speaking out. This is what is happening in our political culture now. Men and women of moral merit are excluded, because they don't want to play along with the corrupt, inappropriate games which have become an untenable mainstay in legislative circles. 

Kernick’s complaint said Garcia, a third-term assemblywoman, was “very disparaging to the staff and others, used vulgar language, discussed topics inappropriate for the workplace and showed herself to be very vindictive in nature.” Kernick said that after he was injured in a car accident in 2014, Garcia openly questioned his need for a medical leave in front of other employees.

WOW! I thought that Democrats were all about inclusion and compassion!

Another ex-staffer and a lobbyist told Politico of heavy drinking in Garcia’s offices, which they said featured a refrigerator to store wine and a refrigerator with a beer tap on top.

Garcia’s office did not immediately respond to a Southern California News Group request for comment Monday.

Final Reflection

When does this insanity stop?

Cristina Garcia needs to go. She has too much baggage now, and there does not seem to be anything left that will put an to this. Wow! Just wow is all I can write at this point.

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