If you rely on CNN or MSNBC for news, all three of you, you probably have no idea about this story. It shatters the hypocrisy meter on innumerable levels with a cast of characters just begging for what would normally be the Hollywood treatment. If only they were Republicans. So as the national media yawns and desperately tries to refocus on a lane closure on the George Washington Bridge, California Democrats cracked down harshly on one of their shining lights Friday by suspending him, with pay. That magical (D) after your name really does pay off.
California’s Democratic-controlled state Senate on Friday voted to suspend three of its members, including Leland Yee, who was arrested this week on federal charges of corruption and arms trafficking.
The 28-1 decision, marking the first time in the state Senate’s history that it has voted to suspend members, also targets Sen. Ron Calderon of Montebello (Los Angeles County), who was charged with bribery and corruption in an FBI sting last month, and Sen.Roderick Wright of Inglewood (Los Angeles County), convicted this year of eight counts of perjury and voter fraud. All three suspended senators will continue to receive their salaries, but they can’t return to the Senate until a vote is made to reinstate them.
Late Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown called on all three state senators to resign.
Yee’s attorney, Paul DeMeester, issued a statement saying, “Suspension is the right step for now and is appropriate in a system that assumes the innocence of the accused.”
But suspension didn’t satisfy everyone. During the floor debate, Republican Joel Andersonof San Diego – the sole no vote – argued that suspensions alone were not sufficient and that all three should be expelled.
Democratic Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento, who pushed for the suspensions, argued that lacking convictions of Yee and Calderon, suspension was the Senate’s best option. Moments before the vote, Steinberg noted “how easy it is in a time like this to attack – and attack one another.”
Geez, where are the Koch brothers when you need them?
Meanwhile, one of Yee’s co-conspirators, the already famous Shrimp Boy, is using social media to proclaim his innocence, even while locked up. In the event you haven’t seen Shrimp Boy, a likely probability if you rely on the lamestream media for news, enjoy this image from his Facebook page.