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2/8/2018

And Now #MeToo Starts to Eat Its Own

Filed under: General — JVW @ 11:35 pm

[guest post by JVW]

Who would have expected this? Yeah, pretty much all of us:

[California] Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus who has been at the forefront of the movement against sexual harassment in the state Capitol, has herself become the subject of allegations of sexual misconduct. The Bell Gardens Democrat said she would “participate fully” in an investigation.

Politico reported Thursday that two men said Garcia made improper advances toward them. One, a former legislative staffer, said Garcia groped his back and buttocks and attempted to grab his crotch during a legislative softball game in 2014.

I mean, in this day and age no one could have thought that sexual harassment was confined to only one sex, let alone only one political party. So now all the feminist groups that have been pushing the #MeeToo narrative and the idea that every victim must be believed have to walk the tightrope:

Garcia, one of the most outspoken legislators in the #MeToo movement, now finds herself facing criticism from colleagues. State Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino) called the allegations “very troubling.”

“I have consistently voiced my strong opinion that any legislator under investigation by either the Assembly or Senate should take an immediate leave of absence until the review is completed,” Leyva said in a statement. “As Vice Chair of the Women’s Caucus, I will be asking that the membership of the Caucus meet in the very near future to discuss the fate of Assemblymember Cristina Garcia as Women’s Caucus Chair.”

We Said Enough, the advocacy group that grew out of an open letter signed by more than 140 women—including Garcia—decrying the culture of harassment in California politics, said in a statement the organization was “concerned about these reports and they need to be investigated thoroughly, without delay.”

Of course, absent in the reactions of Senator Leyva and We Said Enough are the instant demands for Senator Garcia to resign her seat, but I guess her self-professed gender and her political affiliation provide her that minimal level of professional courtesy where she gets to try and ride out the storm. But my guess is that this isn’t the last female — or even progressive female — legislator to discover that you sometimes have to live under the same rules that you would establish for others.

– JVW

78 Responses to “And Now #MeToo Starts to Eat Its Own”

  1. Was going to publish this tomorrow morning, but just in case anyone is up late tonight. . .

    Oh, and to our more obnoxious commenters: by all means please kvetch all you want that I’m not writing about Steve Wynn or Rob Porter or some other Republican sleazebag. This post is more about hypocrisy than it is about culpability.

    JVW (42615e)

  2. Racist

    JD (b30059)

  3. Ladies Fast-Pitch Underhanded Sexual Harassment

    Pinandpuller (e476ee)

  4. ooh look

    at the height of the trashy #metoo frenzy, social justice twatter makes its first quarterly profit!

    coincidence?

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  5. De facto equal (mis)treatment of the accused? Will never, ever, happen.

    Ed from SFV (3400a5)

  6. I also find it amusing that Garcia was one of TIME magazine’s notables during peak #MeToo. She’s a progressive, minority female pol who loves her some Gov. Jerry Brown, so of course she was :

    Garcia was elected in 2012 and has carved out a name as a champion of women’s issues and environmental health for poor communities. She chairs the Women’s Caucus and her photo was featured in Time Magazine’s Person of the Year issue on being one of the “Silence Breakers” on sexual harassment.

    Dana (023079)

  7. If tha accusers are telling the truth Ms. Garcia’s you can bet she didn’t stop with two. Wait and see.

    Bang Gunley (5a4596)

  8. “you sometimes have to live under the same rules that you would establish for others.”

    Nah. Consistency is for the little people.

    Principles are like stylish clothes. What is the hottest fashion today is trite and old-fashioned tomorrow.

    Bored Lawyer (fe5e63)

  9. The irony is that she is being hoist with her own petard. Not that she is guilty of sexual harassment. Only a San Francisco nancy-boy would consider what she is accused of sexual harassment. I’d call it unladylike behavior at most, and really just an Earthy Mexican lady behaving like an Earthy Mexican lady with her men friends.

    The worser thing, I suppose, is that it’s obvious to every sensible person that these kind of women have no business complaining about men making “unwanted sexual advances”. “Unwanted”. Yeah, right. It makes the #MeWantMyCherryBack cause laughable, which it mostly is.

    nk (dbc370)

  10. Two balls, three strikes

    Colonel Haiku (1d71cc)

  11. High, hard and inside…

    Colonel Haiku (1d71cc)

  12. He goes deep…

    Colonel Haiku (1d71cc)

  13. To teh wallz!

    Colonel Haiku (1d71cc)

  14. He’s known for teh scroogie…

    Colonel Haiku (1d71cc)

  15. She takes one right down teh middle…

    Colonel Haiku (1d71cc)

  16. He takes teh Louisville Slugger to her…

    Colonel Haiku (1d71cc)

  17. He throws teh hard slider right in her wheelhouse.

    Colonel Haiku (1d71cc)

  18. there he was, teh bases loaded and nobody out, when he balked during the seventh inning stretch and he had to call in a relief pitcher.

    Colonel Haiku (1d71cc)

  19. Cripes, Haiku, and I thought I was being #ToxicallyMasculine.

    nk (dbc370)

  20. Starting to eat it’s own? I thought it started off with eating it’s own. Harvey Weinstein was a champion of women!

    I mean, in this day and age no one could have thought that sexual harassment was confined to only one sex

    Indeed. Two down, 71 to go.

    Lyrics Don't Matter (82f609)


  21. Indeed. Two down, 71 to go.


    Hahahahaha, best line of the week.

    Rev.Hoagie (6bbda7)

  22. Two down, 71 to go.

    I don’t get it.

    nk (dbc370)

  23. “Indeed. Two down, 71 to go.“

    Number may jump to 77 by next Friday… teh Science and all…

    Colonel Haiku (1d71cc)

  24. Re Haiku and his play-by-play, it might well be autobiographical, nk, though I think he did way better lookswise.

    urbanleftbehind (d9a4fb)

  25. He ate the whole enchilada…

    Colonel Haiku (1d71cc)

  26. He got to second base, bypassed third and slid home…

    Colonel Haiku (1d71cc)

  27. this has to be the gayest olympics ever and that’s really saying something after brazil

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  28. 24, yes it is and it’s also the assembly district of History(?) Teacher Hispanic David Cross from last week’s posting.

    urbanleftbehind (d9a4fb)

  29. “So where did the assemblywoman Garcia grope you, son?”

    “In the buttocks, sir.”

    [video at the link]

    papertiger (c8116c)

  30. The Left always ends up eating its own.

    May they devour to their heart’s content.
    — –

    Markos Moulitsas
    @markos
    Beats me why anyone would have a NYT subscription at this point. If you do, you are funding the Right’s propaganda efforts.

    harkin (75fedf)

  31. When asked why he didn’t report the harrassment in a timely manner, the staffer gave the following deposition.

    In the matter of the State of California versus Cristina Garcia. [YouTube]

    papertiger (c8116c)

  32. papertiger, I hit the link because it was, well… you. This is why I don’t usually hit links! Lol!

    Stashiu3 (466cdf)

  33. As I mentioned elsewhere, these types always think the guillotines are for the others… until they’re riding a tumbrel up to one, thinking, “Hey, I’m one of the good guys!”

    B.A. DuBois (80f588)

  34. Stashiu, Did you catch the first one?

    The Ode to Mrs. Robinson theme really fit the moment I thought. Just a happy accidental bonus.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  35. Once upon a time Christina was a young, Hot Latina Babe. Tall handsome men persued her. Now not so much, sooooo.

    Bang Gunley (5a4596)

  36. Though she doesnt appear to be consumed by DACA as others in her caucuses, she’s the type of credentialed chick my one friend made fun of when several of our edumacated female latine friends started saying we should do this and that for…

    …whereupon he retorted “You guys are all about supporting the immigrants but you sisters probably could do more for that community by marrying one and giving him his papers that all of this cause stuff”

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  37. Cristina understands. Sometimes you have to slap the bull. Every once in a while.
    Right on the rear haunches. [YouTube]

    papertiger (c8116c)

  38. is this in the same zip code:

    Indeed, Bell Gardens and the city of Bell are neighboring communities. They find some real winners there, don’t they?

    Once upon a time Christina was a young, Hot Latina Babe. Tall handsome men persued her. Now not so much, sooooo.

    You know, I can kind of see that. Wikipedia says she is 38, and I would love to see a picture of her from 15 years ago. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if she was quite the looker.

    JVW (42615e)

  39. JVW, the real question is, did she go Cal-Fullerton, Chapman or another SoCal college renown for a certain end-of-semester ritual.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  40. I think the #MeToo thing involves a lot of #MenFoundMePrettyOnceToo. They’re older, the breasts sag, the rump spreads, the cellulite dimples, the blue veins and wrinkles show, and they want to tell the world and themselves that they weren’t always that way.

    nk (dbc370)

  41. This misinformation campaign, concocted to delegitimize the Mueller investigation, isn’t limited to presenting conservative news consumers with incorrect information; it also includes telling their readers and viewers that the mainstream media is in on the coverup.

    https://crooked.com/article/mainstream-media-liberal-embrace/

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  42. #B!tchesBeBraggingNotComplainin’

    nk (dbc370)

  43. nk, lol.

    Stashiu3 (466cdf)

  44. Ben burn,

    You always have the greatest sources. Kos, Esquire, crooked.com, etc… hahaha

    Stashiu3 (466cdf)

  45. But we know you don’t read. Just react.

    Stashiu3 (466cdf)

  46. “After years of non-stop virtue signaling as the party of “truth, justice and equality,” the Democrats are slowly, inexorably being revealed to be the reverse. They are being hoisted on the petard of their own moral narcissism. It has made them blind.

    So convinced of their own righteousness were they that it allowed them to participate in, even instigate, the subversion of our justice system to the extent of lying to and deceiving a FISA court in the name of what they assumed was “good.” They did this in concert with people who claimed to be Republicans or “independents” working for that system in the supposedly noble cause of upending Donald Trump, before and after his election, but ended up being the deluded agents of government corruption the likes of which we have never seen in this country.

    It comes down to something as crude as this: Trump’s a bad guy, therefore I’m a good guy and can do or say anything I wish to destroy Trump. This is moral narcissism taken to a pathological extreme.”

    https://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/democrats-headed-world-deserved-hurt/

    harkin (75fedf)

  47. Guess you’re afraid to read it.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  48. Afraid… hahaha. You ever served?

    Stashiu3 (466cdf)

  49. Oh. Is this the warm vagina thread?

    Comfort food for trollops.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  50. What would you know about warm vaginas Ben? Little I suspect.

    Stashiu3 (466cdf)

  51. Safety in numbers, whitely tinged.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  52. This isn’t the first time Hicks, a former model who is one of Trump’s closest and most trusted advisors, has been romantically linked to a fellow White House aide with reported anger issues.

    http://people.com/politics/hope-hicks-dating-rob-porter-corey-lewandowski/

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  53. Hmm… nobody answering anymore? Wonder why. Go ahead, accuse me of something. You’ll be wrong, but it will be funny.

    Stashiu3 (466cdf)

  54. It’s boring..

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  55. Yes, you frequently become so. Thanks for noticing.

    Stashiu3 (466cdf)

  56. Anger issues? I’m guessing that’s a type of weasel phrase.

    It’s not slander. People had it lawyer tested.

    Lewandowski spent six months sparring with the CNN trash. If he had anger issues someone would have been shanked.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  57. papertiger,

    Can we starve the troll? I’d like to test it out if you’re willing. Up to you of course.

    Stashiu3 (466cdf)

  58. I know..People but even scallions can get it right.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  59. They’ve tried ceaselessly Stash. Ya think? Lol.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  60. Getting worried, eh? You should. “Starve the troll” is an internet phrase for a reason. It doesn’t always work, but if you get enough people on board, it can be pretty effective. I think many people who haven’t blocked you will still be willing to try it.

    Still can’t do it. That’s hilarious. hahaha

    Stashiu3 (466cdf)

  61. They pretend to not read me but they cant help themselves.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  62. I’m happy to wish you success in your worthy quest. Responding is a pain.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  63. Reading you is not the issue, lol. That was a pretty dumb comment. It’s responding to you as if you mattered that we need to starve. Mocking you or pointing out your lies is fair game. But answering anything you say as if it even might be true is a fool’s game. So much of it is slanted or outright lies that ignoring any supposed point you make is the rational choice.

    Stashiu3 (466cdf)

  64. Really have to go for a while. I’ll be back and hope to see a clear admission of being wrong about me implying I was a sockpuppet. I don’t think he’s allowed to do it though.

    Stashiu3 (466cdf)

  65. People might have a real problem legally if they keep stalking Hope Hicks.

    Linking Hicks romantically to Lewandowski, who is married with four children, is a tort.

    Isn’t that what it’s called? Violating his domestic tranquility with a slander, I believe the legal definition is if the intrusion would be highly offensive to a reasonable person.

    Trying to ruin someone’s marriage for a cheap shot politic blurb? I’m a reasonable person and I am offended.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  66. Mocking you or pointing out your lies is fair game

    Lol. Yes. If they have something they think I won’t blow up in their faces. But they remain pretty quiet. You’ve intimidated the moderates with the ssm bulloney. It doesnt matter to me.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  67. I am autonomous. No one tells me what to do except me spouse.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  68. Does stash really have moderation gifts?

    I am unimpressed.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  69. Yeah your wife is autologous.

    IYKWIMAITYD

    Pinandpuller (8fcd5f)

  70. Blowing up in our faces? Are you opening for Bette at The Laugh Factory?

    Pinandpuller (8fcd5f)

  71. And Now #MeToo Starts to Eat Its Own

    How could it not? I don’t agree with Matt Damon on much, but he said during an interview that grabbing someone’s butt was not the same as rape. Holy h3ll rained down on him from the #MeToo crowd. “Oh yes it is!”

    Now that everything is the equivalent of rape, how could this snake not start eating its own tail? That’s pretty much how it started. But don’t worry, my fellow Americans. Hollywood isn’t done lecturing us on our moral failings.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  72. I laugh out loud because you think it won’t blow up on you.

    Pin is penultimate..

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  73. By the way, I don’t tolerate anyone grabbing someone else’s butt.

    It’s not rape, but it’s at least misdemeanor assault.

    Another way the #MeToo is devouring its own is that now far fewer executives are willing to mentor junior females. Since all victims of sexual harassment and assault must be believed, and everything is rape, they’re adopting the Mike Pence rule of never being alone with a woman other than his wife. Which has the #MeToo crowd howling in anger. “How dare these men stop entering this minefield we created for them!”

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  74. #MeToo movement lawmaker investigated for sexual misconduct allegations California legislator cut national profile as activist against sexual harassment. By CARLA MARINUCCI, Politico,  2/8/18 SAN FRANCISCO — California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia — whose high-profile advocacy of the #MeToo movement earned her national media notice — is herself the subject of a state legislative investigation in the wake of a report that she sexually harassed and groped a former legislative staffer. In December, when Time magazine announced that “Silence Breakers” who spoke out against sexual harassment were its Persons of the Year, Garcia’s face was prominently included in the art accompanying the cover story. But Daniel Fierro of Cerritos told POLITICO that in 2014, as a 25-year-old staffer to Assemblyman Ian Calderon, he was groped by Garcia, a powerful Democratic lawmaker who chairs the Legislative Women’s Caucus and the Natural Resources Committee.

    ammm (55c527)

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