Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, right, confers with Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, as the Assembly debated Perez’s measure to close a corporate tax loophole and used the money for college scholarships, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. AP Photo
More trouble for Democratic Assemblyman Roger Hernandez – on the eve of next week’s election.
A woman has filed an emergency protective order against Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, alleging that the West Covina lawmaker had physically abused her and that she feared for her safety, authorities said Monday.
About 7 p.m. Sunday, police responded to a disturbance call at the Lazy Dog restaurant in West Covina, Police Chief Frank Wills said. Hernandez had left the scene by the time authorities arrived, but the woman appeared shaken up.
“The alleged victim made the statement that she was concerned for her personal safety and that Mr. Hernandez was erratic,” Wills said.
The woman told officers that she had been the victim of a domestic violence incident in July. She then filed for an emergency protective order, which was approved by a court commissioner and served on Hernandez on Sunday. Wills said police had no report of the alleged incident from July.
Hernandez did not return a call seeking comment. His attorney, Anthony Falangetti, told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on Monday night that the accusations were “completely false.” Falangetti said the charges were politically motivated.
“The timing of these accusations is obviously designed to hurt the Assemblyman in an election which is just a week away,” Falangetti told the newspaper. “She alleges an incident occurred back in July, but only now she comes forward for newspaper headlines within days of the election.”
Where there is smoke, there is fire?
Assemblyman Hernandez dodged a bullet this summer when he was found not guilty after being arrested with another woman for a DUI.
Then, there were stories about financial improprieties and now this.
How much will the voters in his assembly district take?
In the June primary election, Hernandez finished second to Republican, former police officer Joe Gardner in AD-48 which is a heavily Democratic registered district.
Is this an election ploy by an ex-girlfriend? Or, merely more of a pattern of poor behavior and decision making by Hernandez?
Voters in one week will be asked to make this decision.