Assemblyman Bill Brough, facing accusations, also will face GOP challenger in 73rd

Assemblyman Bill Brough, facing accusations, also will face GOP challenger in 73rd

With accusations of sexual misconduct swirling around GOP incumbent Bill Brough, another familiar Republican just entered the 2020 race for the 73rd State Assembly District race.

And Mission Viejo Councilman Ed Sachs’ first touted endorsement? Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, who last month accused Brough of making aggressive, unwanted sexual advances toward her in 2011 — accusations Brough denies.

Sachs ran against Brough in 2018, garnering just 13.5 percent of the vote during the June primary. But Sachs told the Register on Monday that he put his name on the ballot last year only as a “stop gap,” so there would be a GOP contender for voters to choose in case news broke that might dent Brough’s re-election chances.  When no such news became public, Sachs said he dropped his campaign. State records confirm he reported zero fundraising for the 2018 cycle.

But when Bartlett and three other women said last month that Brough had approached them in ways that made them uncomfortable in recent years — and that they had sought investigations of those incidents — Sachs decided he should be his party’s alternative candidate.

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