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By Dennis Romero
Eric Bauman, an enslaved leader of one of the country's most powerful political organizations, announced that he was retiring from the presidency of the Democratic Party of California (CDP) following allegations of bad conduct.
"It is in the interest of all that I resign my office as president of the Democratic Party of California," he said in a statement Thursday.
Last year, Bauman acceded to the leadership of the country at the head of the Los Angeles County party branch and ruled for what he described as "18 short months" as the first openly gay president.
The party's vice president, Daraka Larimore-Hall, spoke about the latest round of allegations last week and asked Bauman to resign. The party announced Monday that Bauman was taking a leave while an external party was investigating the allegations.
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times released more detailed allegations related to Larimore-Hall's first reports, and Bauman said he would seek treatment for an alcohol abuse.
Ten sources told the newspaper that they had seen the leader of the party make rude remarks, make unwelcome physical contacts, and make intimidating gestures.
A woman who reported working temporarily for the party during the election period told the Times newspaper that Bauman had asked her if she and another worker were sleeping together. "I felt really embarrassed, almost ashamed and uncomfortable," Leekley told The Times.
On Thursday, the elected governor, Gavin Newsom, called Bauman to resign. "The elected governor is concerned about the very serious allegations that were reported last night," an email spokesperson said.
"Sexual harassment should not be tolerated – no person or party, no matter how powerful, can not afford to be held accountable," said the Newsom representative.
Bauman said he would submit an official letter of resignation "immediately".
The party leader neither confirmed nor denied the accusations, saying in a statement Wednesday that "I deeply regret whether my behavior caused suffering to one of the personalities with whom I had the privilege of working."
On Thursday, Bauman described his short term as productive.
"My dream was to create a CDP environment in which officers were partners, real participants in the planning and operation of the party. where delegates and staff could share their ideas and concerns; where awareness in key communities was not limited to the campaign cycle, but was a permanent commitment year-round … ", he said. I leave knowing that we have done all this in 18 months. "
The uproar comes at a time when the party is still surfing the so-called "blue wave" that culminated in the mid-term legislative elections in November. Orange County, one of the cornerstones of the GOP, is now fully represented by congressional Democrats.