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December 5, 2017
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Attorney General Candidate Eric Early Blasts Xavier Becerra’s Inaction On Culture of Harassment In State Capitol: “Silence is Complicity”
Republican Attorney General candidate Eric Early blasted incumbent Xavier Becerra’s continued silence and inaction on the culture of harassment in the State Capitol, and promised vigorous action against sexual harassment if he is elected Attorney General.
“Dozens of female legislators, staffers and lobbyists have called for an end to the culture of sexual harassment in the State Capitol. Two legislators face accusations of grotesque sexual misconduct with women over whom they have power,” said Early. “Attorney General Becerra can act, yet he says nothing and does nothing.”
“Becerra’s paralysis shows the need for an Attorney General who is independent of powerful politicians and special interests. We need an Attorney General who is more concerned about enforcing the law than advancing his political career,” said Early, noting Becerra is silent when more than 140 female legislators, staffers and lobbyists put their names on an open letter denouncing “pervasive sexual misconduct by powerful men” in California’s State Capitol.
“Becerra is ignoring the epidemic of sexual harassment happening down the street from his office,” said Early. “The State’s Department of Justice, which is overseen by the Attorney General, should be investigating harassment complaints in the State Legislature and in Hollywood as well.”
“As Attorney General, I would also appoint a special, bipartisan commission to work with local law enforcement to pull back the veil on the Hollywood sexual abuse scandal,” said Early, who would ask his law partner, Bryan Sullivan, to lead such a commission. Sullivan is a Democrat and currently represents actor and former NFL player Terry Crews in a sexual harassment suit against a powerhouse Hollywood talent agency. “A Sullivan Commission would be able to set aside partisan consideration and empower victims to come forth with their stories,” said Early.
“Silence is complicity. California’s Capitol political culture is small and insular. It beggars belief that state political leaders like Becerra are ignorant of the ongoing sexual harassment and sexual assault of female staff and lobbyists in the State Capitol on their watch,” said Early. “Victims of such harassment need a place, independent of the Legislature, where they can safely seek justice.”
“If leaders of the state Legislature cannot protect its members, employees and the public from sexual predators in its ranks, then somebody must,” said Early. “Attorney General Becerra’s silence on the subject is deafening. It is time he looked for another line of work.”
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