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Democrat Hernandez Won't Campaign For Congressional Seat

Rich Pedroncelli / AP / File

FILE - In this photo taken Thursday, March 31, 2016 Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, speaks before the Assembly in Sacramento, Calif.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP / File

(AP) - A California lawmaker under pressure to take a leave of absence or resign amid domestic abuse allegations says he'll stop actively campaigning for a congressional seat in the November election.

Democratic Assemblyman Roger Hernandez of West Covina stopped short of dropping out of the race for the 32nd congressional district in an interview with reporters Friday.

Hernandez returned to the Assembly Friday after a nearly three-week absence. He says he was suffering from high blood pressure.

The Democrat was stripped of legislative committee assignments after a judge issued a three-year restraining order requiring him to keep away from his ex-wife. She claimed during divorce proceedings that he was physically abusive.

Hernandez says his ex-wife fabricated the allegations. Her attorney, Crystal Boultinghouse, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.