CA Senate Candidate Calls Upon Legislators to Blackball
Lobby Firm Accused of Firing Woman
Who Spoke Out Against Harassment
Derek Cressman, a candidate for the California Senate, called upon all legislators to refuse to meet with lobbyists of the firm Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould, and Birney unless and until the Assembly and Senate Ethics Committees have cleared the firm of any wrongdoing in the firing of Alicia Lewis, who alleged she was terminated in retaliation for signing a letter along with 140 other women drawing attention to sexual harassment in the state Capitol.
“Those in power have an obligation to stand up for those who are victims of abuse of power,” said Cressman. “If I am elected, I would refuse to meet with any lobbyist of this firm unless they are completely exonerated. We can no longer tolerate the culture of intimidation that has run rampant in Sacramento.”
The Sacramento Bee reported that Lewis is suing her former employer for wrongful termination after being fired by the firm’s managing partner after he had pressed her to reveal details of her own harassment and abuse whole at the firm.
Cressman also called upon his opponent, Senator Richard Pan, to disgorge contributions his campaign has received from the firm’s clients, including Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, Molina Health Care, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals and Vision Service Plan. “When candidates accept money from those who aid and abet in sexual harassment, the are part of the problem instead of being part of the solution,” he said.