Election Day is less than a week away. For Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, who recently beat a DUI charge, the timing of this alleged brush with the law couldn’t have come at a worse time. He faces Republican Joe Gardner, who is coincidentally a former law enforcement officer, in the race for the new 48th Assembly District. Gardner secured more votes in the primary, but Democrats state-wide seemed to stay away from the polls.
According to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Hernandez was served with an emergency protective order (which is similar to a restraining order) after getting into a fight with a woman at the Lazy Dog Restaurant. She later told investigators that the two were seeing each other and that — back in July — he struck her with a belt, grabbed her by the arms, and slammed her against the wall. She also alleged in the protective order that Hernandez uses cocaine.