Another California lawmaker faces allegations of inappropriate behavior. This time, it’s Democratic state Senator Bob Hertzberg of Los Angeles.
Bob Hertzberg is a hugger. He hugs just about everyone – to the point that he’s earned the nickname “Huggybear.”
But a Sacramento Bee article quotes three lawmakers who say his hugs crossed a line and were inappropriate. Two of the three are sitting lawmakers who declined to give their names.
A third, former Republican Assemblywoman Linda Halderman, said Hertzberg hugged her repeatedly – and when she asked him to stop, he pinned her in his arms and thrust his groin into her. She told the Bee it was like “dirty dancing.”
In a statement, Hertzberg said he’s greeted friends and colleagues with a hug all his life. He went on to say, quote: “I apologize to anyone who may have ever felt uncomfortable, and I will change how I greet people moving forward.”
His office says he respects the women’s right to come forward and will fully cooperate with any investigation.