Just in time for the Nov. 6 election, Orange County Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly, the Democratic Party’s nominee for the 69th Assembly District, was cleared of the sexual harassment charges that had been hanging over him for weeks, according to an independent investigator hired by the County of Orange.
Daly, in a statement released by the county, said the anonymous complaint was “simply a pathetic attempt to smear me. While the lies of the anonymous complainer are appalling, so is the unnecessary waste of tax dollars spent on this investigation,” according to the L.A. Times.
Daly is of course quite wrong. The County had a duty to investigate the charges, particularly in the wake of the Carlos Bustamante scandal. And while Daly was cleared what that means is that the investigator could not find enough evidence to bust him. That doesn’t mean he was innocent.
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