Susan Rubio, an elected member of the City Council in Baldwin Park, is also the wife of state Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, a Democrat from West Covina who is running for Congress. On Wednesday, a judge issued a temporary restraining order telling Hernandez to stay 100 yards away from his estranged wife. They are in the midst of divorce proceedings, and Rubio has accused the assemblyman of numerous instances of domestic violence.
According to the coverage in the Daily News, Rubio and Hernandez have had a stormy relationship and he has faced allegations before. He declined to comment for the story, the paper reports. Hernandez is currently running against Rep. Grace Napolitano, and Rubio's sister, Blanca, is running for Hernandez's seat in the Assembly.
From the Daily News:
The assemblyman and former West Covina mayor and councilman has been accused of domestic violence in the past though charges have never been filed against him.
In 2012, a former girlfriend accused Hernandez of striking her with a belt and slamming her against a wall during an argument. The woman later obtained a protective order, which is similar to a restraining order, after an argument at a West Covina restaurant.
When a council colleague and other local elected officials demanded the assemblyman step down in light of the allegations, Susan and her sister Blanca, a Baldwin Park school board member, stood by his side.
The couple married in June 2013. Hernandez filed for divorce a year and a half later.
During their marriage, Hernandez accused Rubio of having an affair on multiple occasions and in two cases “punched” or “socked” her in the chest when he confronted her with his suspicions, according to her written declaration. He also broke several of her personal belongings, including her car windshield and two cell phones “in a fit of anger.”
On the night of July 6, 2014, Rubio went to the hospital for an examination after Hernandez allegedly grabbed her out of bed and she fell to the floor, according to the documents.