Getting Down with the Democrats

California Democrat boss Eric Bauman “forcibly performed oral sex” on male staffer, lawsuit alleges.

Democrat staffer William Floyd charges that former California Democrat Party boss Eric Bauman, 59, “forcibly performed oral sex on him several times.” Floyd, 28, is suing the 59-year-old Bauman over sexual harassment, assault, battery, negligence and civil rights violations.

Bauman forced Floyd to submit to oral sex two other times, the April 24 lawsuit suit contends, and Bauman once told Floyd “if you cross me, I will break you.” It wasn’t the first brush with such allegations for the New York-born Bauman. Though not a household name across the nation, the accused sexual abuser is a major player in the Democrat Party.

According to a 2004 bio, Bauman is a “Registered Nurse with graduate education in Health Care Administration,” and founder of the firm Consultants in Nursing Services Administration.

Bauman became a member of the California Democratic State Central Committee and the California Democratic Party Executive Board and “held leadership positions in both of President Clinton’s campaigns and Vice President Al Gore's campaign. Bauman backed SB 562, a “single-payer” bill he said would make California a “healthcare sanctuary” state.

In 2017, the Democrats’ California vice chairman Eric Bauman and chairman John Burton both endorsed Keith Ellison to head the Democratic National Committee. According to a report by Karen Ocamb in the Desert Sun, part of the USA Today chain, “Ellison relied heavily on Bauman to reach out to Democrats nationwide and confirm that the DNC candidate was not anti-Semitic, as some alleged.”

When Bauman was contending for chairmanship of the California Democrat Party, rumors began emerging that he had engaged in inappropriate behavior with 14- and 16-year-old boys. As the Los Angeles Blade reported, Bauman “blew it off” as an “old saw” used against gay or lesbian candidates. “The accusations of pedophilia come out,” Bauman told the Blade, “the accusations that we’re promiscuous; the accusations that we have drug problems.”

During the campaign, a video titled “The Eric I know” appeared on YouTube with Michael Andraychak proclaiming “Eric Bauman is my husband.” According to Andraychak, the two met while working as nurses and after 20 years decided to get married. The key to Bauman’s life of service, Andraychak explained, was being raised by a single lesbian mother, a nurse known for helping people.

Rumors aside, Bauman became the California Democrats party chair in 2017, and last August he called for a boycott of In-N-Out Burger, founded by a Christian family, that donated $25,000 to Republicans for the November 2018 election. “Et tu In-N-Out? Tens of thousands of dollars donated to the California Republican Party,” Bauman tweeted. “It’s time to #BoycottInNOut — let Trump and his cronies support these creeps…perhaps animal style!”  The burger boycott didn’t fly, and by November the Democrats were starting to target Bauman his own self.

As CALmatters reported, Bauman was the subject of allegations that he “harassed staff members and party activists with numerous lewd comments and incidents of inappropriate physical contact.” And this conduct “persisted even as the public gaze focused so heavily in the last year on rooting out sexual harassment.”

Bauman confessed to a drinking problem and said he would seek treatment. As he conceded in a statement, “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.”

William Floyd was not mentioned in stories on Bauman’s resignation, but Spencer Dayton, 21, a delegate from Lodi, told the Sacramento Bee that “he was twice groped at Democratic events by Bauman, who did not appear to be drunk either time.” When Bauman shook his hand, Dayton explained, Bauman pulled him in close and grabbed his penis, and it was “very, very quick but very intentional.”

In similar style, at a Party executive board meeting, Bauman put an arm over Dayton’s shoulder then, “he reached down and grabbed my butt.” Dayton told the Bee he felt like he was being “propositioned to trade sex for Bauman’s help.” By all indications, reporters did not seek out Michael Andraychak for his thoughts on the alleged proposition.

After William Floyd’s lawsuit, Michael Andraychak did not go on record about the allegations that his powerful Democrat husband forced oral sex on young male staffers. Bauman denied the allegations through his attorney and neither party indicated whether any consensual oral sex took place before the Democrat allegedly forced himself on Floyd.

CALmatters called Bauman “the latest casualty of the #MeToo movement” but he may be the Democrats’ first case of forcible same-sex abuse. Presidential candidate Joe “scratch ‘n sniff” Biden likes to put the squeeze on the ladies. Minnesota Democrat Al Franken, a former comic, liked to make a grab for women’s pectoral regions. Likewise, John Conyers and Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax are both ladies’ men.

Democrat power broker Harvey Weinstein, not exactly a Brad Pitt type, demanded sex from countless women in exchange for help on the career side. Weinstein’s rape trial has been postponed until September.

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