Top California Democrat Says He’ll Seek Alcohol Treatment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The chairman of the California Democratic Party says he’s seeking treatment for alcohol abuse and other health issues following allegations of sexual misconduct. Eric Bauman’s announcement Wednesday comes days after he took a leave of absence as chairman. Bauman first stated his plans to seek treatment in response to a Los Angeles Times article citing 10 people describing crude comments and inappropriate touching by Bauman. Bauman says he won’t respond to specific allegations but regrets if his behavior caused anyone pain. An investigation into Bauman’s conduct was already under way. Party vice chairman Daraka Larimore-Hall accused him of sexual harassment and assault against unnamed individuals. David Campos of the San Francisco Democratic Party says Bauman was accused of drinking and lewd comments during a campaign bus tour in early November.


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