Updated Thursday at 1:10 p.m.
Before state senators could vote on a resolution to expel him over sexual harassment allegations, state Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) resigned Thursday, saying in a letter that the investigation was "farcical" and that he "cannot expect fairness or justice" from politicians who are running for office.
The action comes after Democrats and Republicans caucused to discuss the matter, following Tuesday's release of a summary of the findings in an outside investigation into sexual harassment claims against Mendoza.
The report by the law firms of Gibson Dunn and Van Dermyden Maddux finds it “more likely than not” Mendoza engaged in a pattern of unwelcome flirtation and sexually suggestive behavior toward women in the state Capitol. The summary can be found here.
Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, Mendoza's former roommate, defended the investigation.