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why you should believe women in politics who speak out about sexual misconduct

personally, i almost always believe the woman — any woman who accuses a man of sexual misbehavior or worse.it’s instinctive. to not, it seems to me, would be intellectually dishonest, especially in the political world. partisan affiliation has nothing to do with sexual predation, whether it involves president trump or bill clinton, roy moore or rep. john conyers jr.no political party has a monopoly on truth, justice and decency. there are nasty apples in every barrel.in sacramento, where political pros of the opposite sex are looking at each other kind of funny amidst all the harassment accusations, i believe the female lobbyist who says she was trapped in a las vegas hotel bathroom last year by a california legislator who masturbated in front of her. she says he kept asking her to touch his genitals, and she refused. he finally ejaculated into the toilet, she says.they were separately attending a co-ed bachelor party.the lawmaker she named, assemblyman matt dababneh (d-woodland hills), flatly denies her accusation. i asked him if anything about it was true.“no,” he told me tuesday. “i’m shocked, dismayed, heartbroken…. i never even went to the bathroom.”but my thinking — and everyone else’s i’ve talked to — is this: what would any lobbyist hope to gain from lying about a legislator committing such an offensive act?more from george skelton »it’s a lobbyist’s job, after all, to persuade lawmakers to vote the way her clients want. good relations and...