The chairman of the California Democratic Party tried to grab the national spotlight in August after calling for a boycott of the hugely-popular, Christian-owned In-N-Out Burger chain.
Why boycott pure awesomeness? Because Eric Bauman discovered that the corporation had donated thousands of dollars to his opponents.
“Et tu In-N-Out? Tens of thousands of dollars donated to the California Republican Party... it’s time to #BoycottInNOut — let Trump and his cronies support these creeps... perhaps animal style!” he wrote on Twitter in response to a LA Magazine story.
It didn’t seem to matter to him that In-N-Out has also donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democrat-run groups.
But his boycott attempt failed miserably as Democrats across the state declared that In-N-Out’s burgers are too yummy to avoid, even for politically reasons. In fact, his boycott bombed so badly that he claimed he never started one in the first place when asked about it just days later.
And now, months later, he’s receiving negative national attention again and is resigning his position as the leader of the California Democratic Party.
According to Los Angeles Times, Bauman has been accused of sexual misconduct with female and male Democratic staff members and activists. His resignation statement didn’t appear to include a denial.
“I have made the realization that in order for those to whom I may have caused pain and who need to heal, for my own health, and in the best interest of the Party that I love and to which I have dedicated myself for more than 25 years, it is in everyone’s best interest for me to resign my position as chair of the California Democratic Party,” he said.
“In the interest of allowing the CDP’s independent investigation to move forward, I do not wish to respond to any of the specific allegations,” he added. “However, I will use the time I am on leave to immediately seek medical intervention to address serious, ongoing health issues and to begin treatment for what I now realize is an issue with alcohol.”
The Democratic governor-elect’s spokesman, Nathan Click, didn’t rush to defend Bauman either.
“Sexual harassment shouldn’t be tolerated — no person or party, no matter how powerful, is above accountability,” he said.
The allegations included “crude sexual comments and engaged in unwanted touching or physical intimidation in professional settings,” according to the Times. Most of the complaints came from male staffers.