Democrats have high hopes for 2018 but in one of the states where they have the most control, they are getting slammed with sexual harassment scandals. This does not bode well for their chances in the near future.
In California, harassment scandals roil ruling Democrats
A national reckoning on sexual harassment that got its start in Hollywood is now upending Democratic politics throughout the nation’s most populous state.
Scandal-induced resignations will cost California’s Democratic Party its supermajority in the state Legislature at least temporarily next year, and the fallout is spilling into the 2018 elections. It’s scrambling calculations for some of the state’s most powerful politicians in Sacramento, and even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was caught in the fray when she defended now former-Rep. John Conyers last month as an “icon.”
“We’re in unchartered territory here,” said Garry South, a veteran Democratic strategist who advised former California Gov. Gray Davis. “This whole issue has hit a critical mass in a very short time. I’ve never seen anything like it before — and I don’t know where it ends.”
The sexual harassment firestorm prompted by revelations about producer Harvey Weinstein has since burned through careers in Washington, Silicon Valley and statehouses around the country — including Sacramento. But the accusations unfolding in California are hitting the state’s dominant Democratic Party especially hard. The state Assembly is convening hours of public hearings dedicated to sexual harassment, while the state Senate leader, Kevin de León, recently announced the hiring of two law firms to investigate accusations of misconduct.
Hollywood is toxic and the scandals which started there are rippling throughout the state. There doesn’t seem to be an end in sight, either.