The East Bay’s representative to the California Democratic Party has resigned under pressure following allegations that he acted in a sexually aggressive manner toward a 23-year-old woman at a party function in San Mateo County last month, and allegations that he raped another female party member last year.
Craig Cheslog, 46, of Lafayette, also resigned from his seat on the Acalanes Union High School District board, according to a published report. He was recently fired from a job at Common Sense Media.
Cheslog is a former aide to state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.
Cheslog did not respond to phone messages Saturday afternoon and no one came to the door of his Lafayette home when a reporter went there. His lawyer told the Los Angeles Times that her client did nothing wrong and that an objective investigation would clear him.
The allegedly aggressive actions with the 23-year old occurred after a party executive committee that included discussions of how Democrats should respond to the wave of sexual misconduct allegations roiling across the country in recent months following a New York Times reports detailing alleged sexual assaults by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
“Mr. Cheslog acted in an inappropriate and sexually aggressive manner towards one of our members in the public areas of the Westin San Francisco Airport hotel” a Nov. 18 letter, to state party secretary Jenny Bach, from chairman Eric Bauman and three other party leaders, stated.
Bauman said in a phone interview that he and other party leaders “spent a significant amount of time” deciding how to deal with the allegations before making them public in the letter.
Bauman said that when a female party member saw Cheslog allegedly acting aggressively with the 23-year-old woman last month, she confided to others the allegation that Cheslog raped her at a party function last year in San …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Politics