PALMDALE – The campaign to re-elect California Assemblyman Steve Fox has responded to a lawsuit filed this week against Fox, calling it a meritless claim by a disgruntled former employee.
In a written statement, Campaign Consultant Lisa Gasperoni said: “I think the timing of this flawed legal claim says it all. Some have pointed out that [it] is nothing more than a disgruntled former employee attempting to extort Mr. Fox in the middle of his re-election campaign. Assemblyman Fox’s campaign is focusing on all that Mr. Fox has accomplished for the Antelope Valley.”
The lawsuit was filed Sept. 15 by Fox’s former legislative director, Nancy Kathleen Finnigan, who worked for Fox from Dec. 2012 until she was fired in May 2013. She claims that during her six-month stint she was routinely directed by Fox to carry out duties for his private law firm and to perform personal tasks for Fox after business hours.
Finnigan also claims she reported Fox for indecent exposure but no action was ever taken. She claims Fox was wearing undone pants without underwear, and he “exposed himself” to her in February 2013 after she went to his apartment to fetch him for an Assembly Floor Session.
The lawsuit goes on to cite numerous other incidents of alleged misconduct by Fox and his staff. [Read the complaint in full here.]
Finnigan alleges she was fired in part to prevent her “from reporting the continuing illegal and improper conduct” at Fox’s office.
Not so, according to Gasperoni.
“I’m confident that the voters will see this flawed claim for what it is, and focus on the millions of dollars Mr. Fox has brought to the district to create and keep good paying jobs in the Antelope Valley… Given Mr. Fox’s long record of working in the community, I think the voters know Mr. Fox and will understand that this is a meritless claim,” Gasperoni stated.