In a stunning criminal complaint, State Sen. Leland Yee has been charged with conspiring to traffic in firearms and public corruption as part of a major FBI operation spanning the Bay Area, casting yet another cloud of corruption over the Democratic establishment in the Legislature and torpedoing Yee’s aspirations for statewide office, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Before he was arrested and indicted on numerous federal charges Wednesday, including allegations of gun running, State Sen. Leland Yee was a major advocate for gun control and pushed to ban a device called a “bullet button,” according to CBS News.
Coming on the heels of recent tangled legal troubles of two high-profile Los Angeles County Democratic state senators – Ron Calderon of Montebello and Roderick Wright of Inglewood- Yee’s arrest may now hand the beleaguered state Republican Party an opening in a midterm election year, political observers say, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Yee’s arrest comes less than a week after he was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter with its Public Official Award. ”Senator Leland Yee was instrumental in moving forward numerous bills dealing with transparency in government and public access to records,” concluded a committee of the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter, according to Cal WatchDog.