SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Joel Anderson, a Republican from Alpine, is facing an investigation after a lobbyist said he threatened to hit her during a fundraiser at a Sacramento restaurant last week.
California Nurses Association lobbyist Stephanie Roberson filed a complaint with the Senate Rules Committee, said Bonnie Castillo, executive director for the nurses' union.
Castillo said the incident occurred Aug. 13 during a fundraising event at the Diplomat Steakhouse, a bar and restaurant across the street from the California Capitol. The restaurant escorted a man, allegedly Anderson, out of the restaurant for threatening to strike a woman, a restaurant spokesman told The Sacramento Bee.
"This threat was observed by restaurant staff who immediately intervened and escorted the male out without further incident," spokesman Patrick Harbison said.
Anderson called the incident a "misunderstanding" and said his comments weren't directed at Roberson.