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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Senator Darrell Steinberg to Leland Yee: Resign or Get Booted From the Senate (Update)

Posted By on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 7:57 AM

click to enlarge Steinberg is waiting ... - FLICKR/HEATHERSAILS

Update 12:17 p.m.: Yee hasn't yet left the Senate, but he did just withdraw from the Secretary of State race, KGO is reporting.

In an expected move from Sacramento, State Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has called on Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) to resign from his position after he was arrested and charged with gun trafficking and bribery.

On Wednesday, Yee and 25 other people, including political consultant Keith Jackson and Chinatown gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow were arrested in an early-morning raid that broke up an alleged crime ring involving drugs, guns, money laundering, and murder for hire.

According to NBC News, Steinberg, (D-Sacramento), had plenty to say about the charges, calling them "sickening," and "shocking and surreal." Afterward, he called on Yee to resign. "Leave. Don't burden your colleagues and this great institution with your troubles. Leave," Steinberg was quoted saying.

Steinberg reportedly warned that if Yee didn't resign, the Senate would work fast to suspend him and remove him from all his committee positions in the Legislature.

"I am angry," Steinberg said. "I'm angry on behalf of the people and I'm angry on behalf of the 37 other members whose hard work everyday on behalf of the people is being tarnished because of events outside of their control and outside of our control."

Derek Cressman, Yee's opponent in the race for Secretary of State, issued his own verbal beat down against Yee.

"The Senate needs to take immediate and forceful action to clean its house rather than waiting for ethically bankrupt Senators to resign on their own," he said in a statement. "It is wholly inappropriate to ask those accused of graft and corruption to resign rather than having fellow Senators vote upon their expulsion."

Yee is due to appear in court again on Monday morning to answer to the federal charges.

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