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Senate Leader Moves To Punish Tony Mendoza After Multiple Harassment Allegations

Rich Pedroncelli / AP / File

In this Aug. 26, 2016, file photo, state Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, listens at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP / File

UPDATE Nov. 18: In a statement, Sen. Tony Mendoza said he understood the Senate's call to strip him of his appointments until an investigation is complete.

Still, Mendoza said he expects the investigation to clear him of any wrongdoing.

"I remain optimistic that the process will be fair, independent and transparent, and upon the conclusion of the investigation, I expect to be vindicated from these unsubstantiated accusations," Mendoza said. 


The leader of the California state Senate is calling for punishment of a fellow Democratic Senator, after allegations of inappropriate advances on at least three women.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León is asking the rules committee, which he chairs, to strip Sen. Tony Mendoza from any boards or commission he serves on, and to remove him as chairman of the Insurance, Banking and Financial Institutions Committee. The post gives Mendoza wide latitude over legislation dealing with those financial issues.

De León also recently moved out of a Sacramento home he shared with Mendoza.

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