California governor-elect seeks party chair's resignation

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Governor-elect Gavin Newsom is calling for embattled California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations.

The incoming Democratic governor said in a statement Thursday that he is so troubled by the serious allegations that Bauman should resign even as the investigation continues.

Bauman said Wednesday he is seeking treatment for alcohol abuse and other health issues while he takes leave from the party chairmanship he narrowly won in early 2017.

He did not immediately respond to Newsom's statement.

Party vice chairman Daraka Larimore-Hall accused Bauman, the party's first openly gay chairman, of sexual harassment and assault against unnamed victims last week.

Newsom cited a subsequent Los Angeles Times article describing allegations of crude comments and inappropriate physical touching by Bauman.

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