Dozens of female Democratic activists in San Diego accused their local party of turning a blind eye to claims of inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment by men within its ranks according to the Union-Tribune.
“Activism, employment and candidacy within the San Diego County Democratic Party, however, remains unsafe, rife with potential for unchecked sexual harassment and worse, despite several attempts to create fair internal systems of accountability since the resignation of disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner in 2013,” reads an opinion column signed by 30 women that was published by the Voice of San Diego last week.
“We have had enough. Now is the time to reject silence and demand action from the party whose very success and future rests on the backs of women,” they wrote.
Beyond claims about harassment, the critics said they have broad concerns about gender and racial inequities within the party.
San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Jessica Hayes acknowledged their concerns. She said leadership was limited in how it could act by internal rules and the law, but added that steps were being taken to improve the process.
“We’re as responsive as we can be,” Hayes said. Nevertheless, she disputed some of the broad claims.
It’s amazing that Hayes would say such a thing, especially in light of the Filner episode which terrorized women in the community.