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The campaign manager for Orange County congressional challenger Phil Janowicz resigned last week following allegations he had sexually harassed women while working as a top official with the Democratic Party of Orange County.

In a statement, the Democratic Party of Orange County said it takes the accusations seriously and promised a raft of changes to its operation, including training for members and volunteers, a code of conduct that applies to all members, staff and volunteers of the party and taking "immediate action" to investigate accusations as they arise. The Democratic Party of Orange County's website is seen in this photo.

In a statement, the Democratic Party of Orange County said it takes the accusations seriously and promised a raft of changes to its operation, including training for members and volunteers, a code of conduct that applies to all members, staff and volunteers of the party and taking “immediate action” to investigate accusations as they arise. The Democratic Party of Orange County’s website is seen in this photo.

Erik Taylor, who had worked for Janowicz’s campaign for less than five months, resigned Thursday, according to Janowicz, a Democrat who is running to unseat GOP Rep. Ed Royce in the 39th Congressional District.

In a Facebook statement Friday, Janowicz identified Taylor as a “senior member” of his campaign staff who “vehemently denies the allegations.”

“I await the results of the formal investigation,” Janowicz continued, adding that “sexual harassment and sexual assault have absolutely no place in our society and absolutely no place on a political campaign.”

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