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Democrats Give Calderon One Week to Leave or Face Suspension

Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

Sen. Darrell Steinberg announces the party's decision on Sen. Ron Calderon.

Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

Calderon is accused of accepting and soliciting 100 thousand dollars in bribes. He was arraigned today in federal court on 24 counts including bribery and money laundering. Senate leader Darrell Steinberg said, for now, his party is going to hold off on expelling Calderon from office.

“Senator Calderon has been accused of very serious crimes,” Steinberg said. “But he hasn’t been convicted of anything. And, thus, expulsion would be premature.”

Steinberg defended his decision not to take similar action against Democratic Senator Rod Wright. Wright was recently convicted of eight felonies for voter fraud and perjury after a jury found he lied about whether he lives within his district. Steinberg said the circumstances of the cases are different.

“I considered each of these situations on their merits,” he said. “And in my view, at the time, and now, suspending Senator Wright was not a recommendation that I felt was the right one to make to my colleagues.”

But Steinberg said if Wright loses his current appeal he will no longer be able to serve in the state Senate. 

 

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Katie Orr

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Katie Orr covers everything from the Governor to state agencies. She received her Masters in Political Science from San Diego State University. In her spare time Katie enjoys wine tasting and shopping, though she tries not to combine the two.   Read Full Bio