The epidemic of revelations of alleged sexual misconduct by celebrities and politicians is incredibly disturbing. And whenever the dust finally settles, it will be hard to find any real winners. Those who were truly abused will find a sense of justice when appropriate penalties are imposed against their abusers. Yet, tragically, they were still abused.
There are other problems. Given that such abuse seldom leaves physical evidence, there is the problem of determining guilt. People remain innocent until proven guilty. It’s getting that proof that is the problem. Sometimes it exists and is credible. Other times it is absent or has been discredited. And anyone who would take advantage of a situation to make exaggerated or false accusations needs to be dealt with harshly as well.
Into this mess has been thrust yet another politician. Democratic assemblyman and majority whip in California, Raul Bocanegra, has resigned over allegations of sexual harassment. He has resigned his position as majority whip effective immediately, and announced his resignation from the California assembly. Not only that, he has suspended his reelection campaign and stated that he will not be a candidate for office. Sounds pretty serious. And Jerry Brown can’t afford to lose this liberal in the General Assembly!
VIA Daily Caller
“Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, the Democratic majority whip in the state assembly, will also not be campaigning for re-election in light of a Los Angeles Times report about six women alleging the assemblyman sexually harassed them, the outlet reported Monday.
“The LA Times planned to publish the report soon and handed their findings Friday to Bocanegra for a statement on the allegations. The assemblyman said he was resigning and declining to run again in order to prevent another “costly special election in Los Angeles.
“‘It is because of my deep commitment to you, residents of the 39th Assembly District, that I have made the decision to resign from the State Assembly, effective September 1, 2018, and immediately resign my leadership position,’ he said in a statement. ‘I am also suspending my campaign and will not run for re-election.’”
So far, Mr. Bocanegra has appeared to be cooperative and contrite. “‘I believe rather than adjudicate these allegations in media reports, there should be a formal investigation into these matters,’ he wrote. ‘I am committed to full cooperation.’”
So he says, and perhaps it’s true.
One must not attach any sense of political victory to such an event. These accusations against politicians, if true, represent a blot against vital American institutions. No one is a winner.
And we have already had far too much politics injected into these cases. Some of us recall Hillary Clinton’s vicious attacks against the women who accused Bill of sexual harassment and assault during his first campaign for president. “Bimbo Eruptions,” they were called. Allegedly, she orchestrated a whole team who were prepared to spring into action as soon as any such claims were made. That she now speaks in behalf of those she previously attacked is sickening.
This is the sort of politics that should be avoided. For one thing, the matter is too serious to be dealt with in such a way. And again, there can be no real winners.