We strongly condemn the deplorable actions of State Sen. Joel Anderson, who, according to numerous firsthand accounts, threatened an advocate for workers with violence at a recent Sacramento event. These actions are deeply troubling and should never be tolerated from anyone, especially someone who has taken an oath to uphold the public trust.
We must demand more from our public officials, especially at a time when sexual harassment and assault are finally beginning to garner the attention they deserve. Our elected leaders should conduct themselves with professionalism and set a positive example for those they represent. With this act, Anderson clearly has failed to live up to those basic ideals. We stand with all working people in the ongoing effort to hold those in power accountable for behavior that betrays our values and damages our institutions.