Sacramento Mayor says 'there's no there, there' but not according to fellow Democrats

Twenty years out, former NBA star and Democratic Mayor of Sacramento, Kevin Johnson, continues to deny having sexually abused a teenager back in 1995. But Mandi Koba is now all grown up and she's gone public with her story. The preponderance of evidence against Johnson has now caused the Sacramento Democratic Party to ask the Mayor not to run for reelection.

After the online sports site, Deadspin, published Koba's exclusive interview and a 1996 police video showing the 16-year-old  graphically describing Johnson's alleged molestation, ESPN announced it was indefinitely shelving "Down in the Valley," a documentary portraying Johnson as a messianic figure for helping to keep the Sacramento Kings in the city.

When asked by a local Fox affiliate about accusations of sexual assault and a more recent sexual harassment complaint from an employee at City Hall, Johnson stated, "I think it's very clear, that there's no there there."

Tell that to Ms. Koba:

Johnson's past and present is riddled with allegations of misusing federal funds, fines, serious sexual misconduct with minors, recently failing to file timely reports in 25 cases on donations made to non-profits and more recently, delegating a portion of his mayoral staff to various nonprofit organizations and allegedly performing duties that have nothing to do with the job of mayor of the city of Sacramento. (For a more complete picture of the scandal-ridden mayor documented on AT click here, ,here, here, here, here )

As a longtime friend of Michelle and Barack Obama, Johnson seems too big to fail. When the St. HOPE Academy CEO siphoned off almost a million dollars of AmeriCorps federal grant monies for his own personal use, the Inspector General investigating the fraud was fired by the Obama White House.

Despite numerous charges of corruption and sexual deviancy, Johnson was reelected mayor in 2012, served as a leader of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2014, owns charter schools along with his wife education reformer Michelle Rhee, and has launched a number of non-profit initiatives. As CEO of the Kevin Johnson Foundation the mayor met regularly with the high-rollers of education reform like Bill Gates and Eli Broad. In 2010 the Broad Foundation pledged $500,000 to Johnson's nonprofit STAND UP. 

Are Johnson’s chickens finally coming home to roost, and if so, why now? None of these revelations concerning Mandi and other young women allegedly assaulted by Johnson are new. The Phoenix New Times broke the story in 1997 with transcripts of the taped conversations between Johnson and the young girl which included the basketball player's acknowledgement of sexual molestation. Johnson ended up paying the alleged victim $230,000 and moving on to Sacramento. Even after allegations surfaced ten years later in 2007 with the alleged St. HOPE victims, Johnson won his bid for mayor. He's been riding high ever since. Until now.

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Twenty years out, former NBA star and Democratic Mayor of Sacramento, Kevin Johnson, continues to deny having sexually abused a teenager back in 1995. But Mandi Koba is now all grown up and she's gone public with her story. The preponderance of evidence against Johnson has now caused the Sacramento Democratic Party to ask the Mayor not to run for reelection.

After the online sports site, Deadspin, published Koba's exclusive interview and a 1996 police video showing the 16-year-old  graphically describing Johnson's alleged molestation, ESPN announced it was indefinitely shelving "Down in the Valley," a documentary portraying Johnson as a messianic figure for helping to keep the Sacramento Kings in the city.

When asked by a local Fox affiliate about accusations of sexual assault and a more recent sexual harassment complaint from an employee at City Hall, Johnson stated, "I think it's very clear, that there's no there there."

Tell that to Ms. Koba:

Johnson's past and present is riddled with allegations of misusing federal funds, fines, serious sexual misconduct with minors, recently failing to file timely reports in 25 cases on donations made to non-profits and more recently, delegating a portion of his mayoral staff to various nonprofit organizations and allegedly performing duties that have nothing to do with the job of mayor of the city of Sacramento. (For a more complete picture of the scandal-ridden mayor documented on AT click here, ,here, here, here, here )

As a longtime friend of Michelle and Barack Obama, Johnson seems too big to fail. When the St. HOPE Academy CEO siphoned off almost a million dollars of AmeriCorps federal grant monies for his own personal use, the Inspector General investigating the fraud was fired by the Obama White House.

Despite numerous charges of corruption and sexual deviancy, Johnson was reelected mayor in 2012, served as a leader of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2014, owns charter schools along with his wife education reformer Michelle Rhee, and has launched a number of non-profit initiatives. As CEO of the Kevin Johnson Foundation the mayor met regularly with the high-rollers of education reform like Bill Gates and Eli Broad. In 2010 the Broad Foundation pledged $500,000 to Johnson's nonprofit STAND UP. 

Are Johnson’s chickens finally coming home to roost, and if so, why now? None of these revelations concerning Mandi and other young women allegedly assaulted by Johnson are new. The Phoenix New Times broke the story in 1997 with transcripts of the taped conversations between Johnson and the young girl which included the basketball player's acknowledgement of sexual molestation. Johnson ended up paying the alleged victim $230,000 and moving on to Sacramento. Even after allegations surfaced ten years later in 2007 with the alleged St. HOPE victims, Johnson won his bid for mayor. He's been riding high ever since. Until now.

Read more Evans at exzoom.net