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Unclear if Mendoza Scandal Will Hurt de León in Senate Race

In addition to being colleagues in the state Senate, Mendoza and de León used to be roommates.

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Nia Prater
March 2, 2018, 10:56 a.m.

Former state Sen. Tony Mendoza (D) stepped down from his office in the wake of sexual harassment accusations. But it remains to be seen if his former roommate and colleague state Senate President Kevin de León (D) will emerge unscathed from the controversy.

Rose Kapolczynski, a Los Angeles-based Democratic consultant, thinks the issue could potential resonate with voters: “The most successful campaign messages connect with something the voters already believe. They already believe Sacramento is full of people who are corrupt or incompetent or coddling sexual harassers.”

Anthony Reyes, a spokesman for de León’s office: “At the end of the day this is about more than just one person, it’s about an entire institution embracing a cultural shift that prioritizes the safety of its employees, and draws a line in the sand that no one is above the law.” (Sacramento Bee)

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