Assemblywoman Christina Garcia Faces New Controversies

It's getting hard to track every single one of Assemblywoman Christina Garcia's controversies. 

In addition to the sexual harassment allegations against her, the Democrat from Bell Gardens is facing a new controversy after she has already had to take a 'voluntary,' unpaid leave of absence following an Assembly Rules Committee investigation into claims by a male legislative aide and lobbyist that Garcia drunkenly groped and propositioned them. 

Now, Garcia is under the spotlight after Politico reported on Garcia's strange outburst against Asian-Americans during a 2014 meeting of the Assembly Democratic Caucus. 

According to Politico, Garcia was angry about an Asian-American activists' success in lobbying for the defeat of a proposed repeal on California's ban on affirmative action in college admissions. Garcia is reported to told her colleagues that: "This makes me want to punch the next Asian person I see in the face." 

The Assembly speaker at the time, John Perez, told Politico that he had to "strongly admonish" Garcia for her comment.

When asked about the comment by a Southern California Newsgroup reporter, Garcia said she made the remark in a "heated and emotional battle over affirmative action," and that she quickly realized that her comment was "irrational and wrong." 

Garcia reportedly met with Asian-Pacific Islander members of the Assembly to apologize in person. 

That's not all, Garcia is also the woman who allegedly called Perez a "faggot" and a "homo" in 2014. She has previously made a public apology to Perez for her comments. 

The harassment allegations against Garcia are still being investigated - including one claim that alleges that the assemblywoman pressured staffers to play "Spin the Bottle" with her, despite gaining fame as one of the leaders of the #MeToo movement. 

Garcia says she plans on returning to work as a member of the California State Assembly once the investigation into her conduct is complete. 


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