A female California state leader defended herself against accusations of alcoholism by insinuating the entire state capitol engages in heavy drinking.
Democratic assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, facing accusations of sexually harassing and assaulting male employees, tried to also defend herself from those saying she has a drinking problem Monday.
When asked by KQED’s The California Report to address rumors that she has a keg in her office, Garcia seemingly brushed it off by saying it’s common for fellow assemblymembers to have kegs in their offices.
“At some point I’ve had a keg at my office. A lot of us do. It’s part of the culture of socializing after the way business gets done. I think we can have a discussion about that and discuss whether or not that’s appropriate. But because you have alcohol or you are in the possession of alcohol doesn’t make you an alcoholic,” Garcia told The California Report.
Garcia, who repeatedly championed the #MeToo movement, has been accused by at least two men of trying to grope either their genitals or their buttocks while seemingly drunk. Garcia has denied the accusations of harassment and the claims that she has a drinking problem.
“And I’m not an alcoholic, I drink, yes. There’s a culture of drinking in the Capitol and I’ve definitely participated in that. But I don’t think that makes you an alcoholic. But you know all I have to say is if I thought I was an alcoholic I would have already said that the same way I’m saying, ‘yes I drink,'” Garcia added.
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