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Eric Bauman at an event in 2015. Photo: Imeh Akpanudosen/WireImage via Getty Images.

Eric Bauman, the chairman of California's Democratic Party, resigned Thursday after being accused of making sexually crude comments and "unwanted touching or physical intimidation in professional settings," the LA Times reports.

Why it matters: The state party's handling these allegations is being called into question by Daraka Larimore-Hall, the group's third-in-command who made the allegations public on Nov. 23, per the San Francisco Chronicle. “One thing is clear: People of a range of genders, gender expressions and sexual orientations felt unsafe working in and around” California's Democratic Party, Larimore-Hall told the SF Chronicle. “We share a profound responsibility to fix that.”

In a statement to the San Francisco Chronicle, Bauman, who was elected as chair in 2017, said: “I have made the realization that in order for those to whom I may have caused pain and who need to heal, for my own health, and in the best interest of the party that I love and to which I have dedicated myself for more than 25 years, it is in everyone’s best interest for me to resign my position as chair of the California Democratic Party."

The allegations, first reported by the LA Times, came from interviews with 10 of the party's staff members as well as political activists.

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