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Mendoza Pushes Back Against Harassment Allegations In Letter To Supporters

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

California state Senator Tony Mendoza is going on the offensive in denying sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him, after three women have separately alleged that he invited them home or to a hotel room, as they were seeking career advice from him or were in his employ.

The Democrat sent a letter to supporters on Tuesday, blaming the media for his predicament.

Mendoza addressed his letter to “Neighbor[sic], Family and Friends.” He calls the allegations unsubstantiated and repeatedly says a “fair process” will clear his name. The Senate has hired an outside law firm to investigate.

The letter also argues media outlets “have looked to capitalize on the national climate and chosen to generate news that is controversial in order to gain rating shares allowing them to sell expensive time to advertisers.”

The Senate Rules Committee stripped Mendoza of a committee chairmanship on Monday. That same day, Democratic Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra resigned following allegations of his own sexual misconduct.

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