October 27th, 2016
Knight is a freshman Republican.
“Less than two weeks before the general election, allegations of sexual harassment emerged Tuesday against Republican Dante Acosta,” who “worked in the district office for Rep. Steve Knight (R) and “has appeared on campaign mailers with” the congressman. “The claims first came to light when local blog SClarita.com published a partially redacted private email from a woman who said Acosta, Santa Clarita’s mayor pro tem, had ‘propositioned’ her last year when they were both in Washington, D.C. The emails were sent by Jennifer Van Laar, a local political consultant who worked for a former opponent of Acosta’s.” Knight was copied on the email. “In a statement released by his campaign, Knight said he spoke with Van Laar in June about the allegations.”
Attorney Bryan Caforio (D) “said in a statement that the allegations should not be taken lightly and accused Knight of failing ‘his moral obligations.’” (Los Angeles Times)