California Senate leader Kevin De León has drafted a resolution for a vote Thursday that would allow the Rules Committee to extend a paid leave of absence for Sen. Tony Mendoza until a sexual harassment investigation is complete.
Mendoza originally announced that he would take the leave until Feb. 1, but the Senate Democratic Caucus wants him to stay away from the job until a probe is completed in mid-February.
On Wednesday, De León threatened to suspend Mendoza if he returned before the completion of the investigation.
Republican candidate for governor Doug Ose will once again be left off the debate stage as six hopefuls square off at UCLA on Thursday.
The former congressman was excluded from the race after he was not included in recent polling by the Latino Community Foundation because he entered the race earlier this month, the candidate said on Wednesday. He described his exclusion as based on “a legitimate reason.”
“You guys took your poll before I got in the race. I mean, I’m respectful,” Ose said. “I’m just trying to communicate with voters. That’s all I want to do.”