Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Lesbian CA finance chief arrested for suspected DUI

Department of Finance director Ana J. Matosantos has apologized and offered to resign after being arrested early today (Friday, October 28) on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Governor Jerry Brown reportedly rejected her resignation, and she reported to work today.

Matosantos, 36, an out lesbian married to Sally Espinoza, was pulled over by California Highway Patrol officers who noticed her black, 2004 Acura weaving in downtown Sacramento at 12:43 a.m., according to press reports.

The officers also noticed the vehicle registration had expired. She had been driving west on P Street about 12:30 a.m.

CHP Lieutenant Rick Campbell, with the Capitol Protection Section, told reporters in the Capitol that Matosantos appeared intoxicated and an officer concluded she was drunk after conducting a field sobriety test. He said she was taken to the Sacramento County Jail where Matosantos was booked and later released.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger first appointed Matosantos as the state’s chief financial official. Matosantos, a Democrat, is the state’s first finance director to be appointed by two governors of different parties, according to the Sacramento Bee

Matosantos was 34 years old when she first started and is not only the youngest person to hold the job but also the first LGBT person to do so.

“My decision to drive last night was reckless and irresponsible,” said Matosantos in a prepared statement. “I accept full responsibility and there is no excuse for my actions.”

Brown spokesman Gil Duran told reporters that Matosantos had called the governor to tell him about the incident and “acknowledged that she made a serious lapse in judgment and she takes full responsibility for it.”

“She offered her resignation and it was not accepted and she reported to work this morning,” he added.

She isn’t the first LGBT official to make headlines after being pulled over for erratic driving.

Last year gay former state Senator Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield) was arrested on DUI charges after reportedly leaving a Sacramento gay club with a younger man. The incident led Ashburn to come out of the closet, and he was termed out of office that December.

In 2007 lesbian former state Senator Carole Migden caused a minor three-vehicle accident in Fairfield that left one person injured. It was later revealed that Migden suffers from leukemia, and she blamed medication she was taking at the time for causing her to become disoriented while driving.

— Matthew S. Bajko, October 28, 2011 @ 4:28 pm PST
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