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Former county Supervisor Eric Koenigshofer, one of Carrillo's closest advisers, on Monday strongly denounced calls for Carrillo's resignation, saying they amount to political opportunism.

"The fact of the matter is that what he did was ill-advised, alcohol-driven and stupid. But it wasn't illegal," Koenigshofer said of Carrillo. "The idea that someone who has just turned 33, through this political feeding frenzy, should be ground into dust, is inexcusable. It's political posturing. It's disgraceful."

He took particular umbrage with Evans' comments, calling them "absolutely inflammatory, completely out of line and patently politically opportunistic."

Koenigshofer said Carrillo should be "encouraged, not demonized" in a county that he said views alcoholism as a disease and places value on restorative justice. He said Carrillo also did what his critics were clamoring for and testified on the witness stand with "complete candor and openness."

Koenigshofer said as far as he knew, Carrillo has "absolutely no intention to resign."

The embattled supervisor was acquitted of attempted peeking last Monday by a Sonoma County jury of 10 women and two men. But that verdict did not assuage some of Carrillo's critics, including county Supervisor Shirlee Zane, the only member of the board to publicly call for Carrillo to step down.

During the trial, Carrillo testified that his girlfriend dropped him off at home at about 2:30 a.m. on the night of his arrest. Carrillo said he noticed a light on in his neighbor's kitchen and wanted to share a beer with the woman, with the hope of having sex with her. He told police at the scene he didn't remember her name.

Carrillo admitted he stuck his hand through a window screen while attempting to knock on the woman's bedroom window. The neighbor, identified in court as Jane Doe, testified that she was terrified when Carrillo ripped the screen on her window, rousing her from her sleep.

Evans on Monday was working with a group of female office-holders to draft a letter urging Carrillo to step down. The effort gained steam over the weekend, according to Windsor City Councilwoman Deb Fudge.

Fudge, who is campaigning for the 4th District Sonoma County supervisorial seat, said people have been asking her and other elected officials where they stand on Carrillo staying in office.

Fudge said when she listened to Carrillo testify on the stand, she said to herself, "I've heard enough. That's a public official who is unfit for office."

Cloverdale Mayor Carol Russell, Healdsburg City Councilwoman Susan Jones, Sonoma City Councilwoman Laurie Gallian and Santa Rosa City Councilwoman Erin Carlstrom on Monday all said they want Carrillo to resign.

Jones, formerly Healdsburg's police chief, described Carrillo's behavior in an email as "deplorable," and wrote that it "erodes the public's trust." Carlstrom, a candidate for the 10th Assembly District seat, said "an elected official should not stay in a seat after admitting to treating women like that."

Evans, who is the immediate past chair of the Legislative Women's Caucus, wrote that she had a "responsibility" to speak out on Carrillo's behavior. Evans, an attorney, wrote that she wanted to wait until after the conclusion of Carrillo's trial to give him "the benefit of the doubt."

"Supervisor Carrillo may have won acquittal in the courtroom, but he seems to have lost in the court of public opinion," Evans wrote.

Santa Rosa City Councilman Gary Wysocky also on Monday called on Carrillo to step down, saying that as a father of two daughters, Wysocky found the supervisor's behavior "reprehensible."

Wysocky said he also was troubled by Carrillo's apparent inconsistent statements on his departure from an executive leadership post with the California State Association of Counties.

Last November, Carrillo said he resigned from the second vice president post because he needed to focus attention on his district in the wake of the shooting death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy. But on the witness stand, Carrillo testified that he "lost that position as a consequence of my actions, my behavior."

"I don't like those facts, that he said one thing at one time, and another thing at another time," Wysocky said.

Gregg Fishman, a spokesman for the counties association, said Monday the organization's leadership met with Carrillo in November and the parties "mutually came to the decision it would be best if he did not seek election to the first vice-presidency."

Fishman said that decision left Carrillo "clear to focus on both matters," meaning the Lopez shooting and the supervisor's legal troubles.

Today's board meeting is expected to draw a number of Carrillo's detractors. The supervisor's supporters also were being urged to attend the 10 a.m. session and to wear pastel-colored shirts to make themselves visible in the audience.

Vesta Copestakes, publisher of the Sonoma County Gazette in Forestville, published an op-ed over the weekend in which she defended the embattled supervisor, writing that he has shown "consistent remorse while taking responsibility to address the roots of the problem."

Copestakes did not immediately return a message seeking comment Monday. Her online petition in support of Carrillo had 69 signatures as of Monday evening.

The Sonoma County Democratic Party on Sunday demanded that Carrillo resign from office.

The group's resolution seeking the action recounted details of Carrillo's criminal case and noted that the three women in Jane Doe's apartment that night — including two of her friends — felt so threatened by Carrillo's conduct that they armed themselves with knives and summoned police for help.

The resolution stated that Carrillo's testimony "toward the facts in the case has served to further undermine his credibility as a public official."

The resolution was passed unanimously by eight members of the Democratic Party's executive committee, including party Chairman Stephen Gale, according to a party spokesman.

The spokesman said the group felt it was authorized to act on behalf of the local Democratic Party's central committee, which is comprised of about 30 members. That group in August passed a resolution calling on Carrillo to step down if accounts of his behavior later proved accurate.

Liz Basile, vice president of the Santa Rosa Democratic Club, voted against the August resolution as a member of the central committee. On Monday, she reiterated her stance that Carrillo should not resign.

"I just don't think a foolish act, a very infantile and immature act on his part, warrants him losing his position," she said.

Koenigshofer, who is a Democratic Party central committee member, said the party has never supported what he called a moderate Democrat, which is how he defines Carrillo.

He called the party's resolution an opportunity to go after Carrillo "in this thinly-veiled display of political attack."

Fudge said politics is not playing a role in calls for him to resign.

Fudge said she has worked well with Carrillo, including on making Windsor the first city in the county to join Sonoma Clean Power, the public electricity supplier.

"This whole situation makes those of us who are elected uncomfortable, and even sad," she said.

You can reach Staff Writer Derek Moore at 521-5336 or derek.moore@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @deadlinederek.

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