An old colleague from San Francisco – now in a much higher office in California – has called for State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) to resign. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has joined the chorus of California lawmakers calling on the Senator that wrote the 2005 anti-video game law to step down for the good of the "institution" in which he currently holds a seat.
On Friday the State Senate approved a measure to strip him of the power of the office until the criminal proceedings were concluded. Earlier in the week Yee and others were indicted in an FBI sting operation. Yee was charged with seven counts including bribery, corruption, and international gun-running charges.
"I think the senator should resign, for the benefit of not only himself to focus on his own problems, but the entire institution," Newsom said.
Newsom is no stranger to Yee. Prior to being elected Lt. Governor, Newsom was the mayor of San Francisco, and prior to that he served alongside Yee in local government. In 1996, San Francisco mayor Willie Brown (D) appointed Newsom to serve on the city's Parking and Traffic Commission, and then as a member of the Board of Supervisors the following year.
Newsom also said that he was shocked when he heard what Yee had been arrested for and that Yee is the exception, rather than the rule when it comes to politics.
"This is an exception. This is not the rule. But fundamentally, this is a sad day for all of us because it's all about public trust," Newsome said.
Yee is scheduled to be back in court today.
Source: ABC San Francisco