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.