California Democrat Ted Lieu has cut ties with his financial backer Ed Buck after a second dead gay black man was discovered in his house. The Free Beacon reports:
The campaign of Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu announced Tuesday night it would be distancing itself from $18,500 in contributions the congressman has received in recent years from liberal donor Ed Buck after the Washington Free Beacon inquired about the money.
The Advocatereported that an unidentified “young African American man” died in Buck’s apartment early Monday morning, marking the second time an individual has died in Buck’s West Hollywood apartment. Gemmel Moore, a male escort, died in Buck’s residence during the summer of 2017. Moore’s death was ruled an accidental methamphetamine overdose.
“I’ve become addicted to drugs and the worst one at that,” Moore wrote in his journal in December 2016. “Ed Buck is the one to thank. He gave me my first injection of crystal meth.”
The Los Angeles district attorney did not bring charges against Buck for Moore’s death at the time, claiming that there was “insufficient evidence” to do so. Buck has maintained his innocence for the death.
Calls for Buck to be arrested are already ringing throughout California and the country, and this could end up being a big point of contention between Establishment Democrats and Progressives.