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San Diego Democratic Party Chair steps down amid assault allegations

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy denies the allegations and told CBS 8 he is taking a leave of absence to focus on proving his innocence.

SAN DIEGO — The chair of the San Diego Democratic party announced on Friday that he would be stepping aside amid accusations of assault.

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy announced he would take a leave of absence while the San Diego Democratic Party investigates.

Community activist Tasha Williamson brought the allegations against Rodriguez-Kennedy to light on social media. The San Diego district attorney's office confirmed to CBS 8 that the office is reviewing the case.

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Rodriguez-Kennedy denies the accusation against him. He told CBS 8 in a statement,

“The allegations against me are completely false and I will work vigorously to clear my name and prove my innocence but that takes time and in the meantime our Party has critical work that must continue on. To balance the equity of providing a way for accusers to be heard while also balancing the rights of the accused to due process I have requested that the San Diego County Democratic Party’s Ethics Committee review the claim. To ensure the independence of this process I will be taking a leave of absence from the Party to allow this work to be done and so that I may focus on proving my innocence.”

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