Capitol Alert
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March 26, 2014

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said he was shocked and sickened by the allegations brought against a member of his caucus Wednesday, saying Sen. Leland Yee has until Friday to resign from office or face certain suspension.

Flanked by at least 16 of his colleagues, Steinberg characterized the charges against Yee, D-San Francisco, as extraordinary and said they gathered together to express their anger and revulsion at the day’s events.

He said while Yee is presumed innocent until proven guilty, the indictment itself is “sickening” and “surreal,” comparing it to something out of a Hollywood movie. Yee would be stripped of his committee chairmanship and all of his committee assignments, Steinberg said.

“Leave,” Steinberg told Yee, who is accused of conspiring to traffic in firearms and public corruption. “Don’t burden your colleagues and this great institution with your troubles. Leave!”

“I am angry on behalf of the people and I am 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,” he added.

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