Los Angeles Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra has found himself in the eye of a bad news storm in Sacramento.
News broke via the LA Times that Bocanegra put his hands inside a female staffer’s blouse at a nightclub in 2009. Additionally, the times provided evidence of six other women with different incidents of sexual harassment involving Bocanegra.
Bocanegra is a unique character in Sacramento. For starters, he’s a top ally of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and member of the Assembly leadership.
However, his history back home is far more interesting.
Bocanegra, a member of a Southern California political machine, had eyes on a Congressional seat before underdog Patty Lopez ousted him from office in 2014 in a surprise upset.
By 2016, Bocanegra and his cronies forced Democratic leaders to deprive Lopez of all political oxygen and support his rematch bid against her. It worked, and Bocanegra returned to Sacramento.
Following the Times’ story, Bocanegra announced he would resign amid the sexual harassment furor by immediately leaving his leadership post in the State Assembly and forgoing a run for re-election.
All that’s missing? His immediate resignation from the Assembly.
Bocanegra announced that instead of leaving graciously, he’s sticking around the chamber for another year. His effective resignation date? September 1, 2018.
Looks like he’s giving himself a golden parachute and some extra time to find a high-paying job lobbying his old pals in Sacramento.