State Sen. Joel Anderson is facing a legislative investigation after a female lobbyist accused him of threatening to “bitch slap” her and harassing her at a Capitol-area bar last week, sources say.
Stephanie Roberson, a lobbyist with the California Nurses Assn., filed a complaint with the Senate Rules Committee on Friday.
Anderson, a San Diego County Republican who is termed out this year, is currently running for a seat on the Board of Equalization, the state’s tax board. Anderson could not immediately be reached for comment.
According to a lobbyist who witnessed the encounter, Anderson first approached Roberson at another legislator’s fundraiser last Monday evening at the Diplomat Steakhouse, a restaurant and bar across the street from the state Capitol.
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