The California Senate Dem supermajority is now threatened because three Senate Dems face charges.
The latest of those charges involves anti-gun Dem Leland Yee who wanted to ban assault rifles, but engaged in shoulder fired missile arms deals.
Other FBI raids have targeted Democratic officials nationwide.
Federal law enforcement officials arrested two public officials in California and North Carolina and raided the office of a New York state senator in connection with separate corruption investigations on Wednesday.
Hundreds of federal agents conducted searches of offices around the San Francisco Bay Area and arrested several people on Tuesday, including state Sen. Leland Yee (D) and a former head of a Hong Kong-based crime syndicate, as part of a major public corruption probe.
Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon (D) was arrested Wednesday and charged with theft and bribery after an FBI sting operation, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. The mayor, first elected in November after serving for two decades on the Charlotte city council, allegedly solicited and accepted bribes from undercover FBI agents.
And in New York, FBI agents raided Assemblyman William Scarborough’s (D) offices and questioned Scarborough at his Albany hotel room.
That’s a lot of D’s.
Yee is also the third California state senator, all Democrats, to be tied to corruption investigations this year. Last month, state Sen. Ron Calderon (D) was indicted on bribery charges, and in January, state Sen. Roderick Wright (D) was convicted on eight counts of voter fraud and perjury, after being indicted in 2010.
And even more D’s.
A state lawmaker from Chicago who has been indicted on corruption charges has lost a Democratic primary for his seat.
Derrick Smith was indicted in 2012 on corruption charges. He pleaded not guilty in federal court to taking a $7,000 bribe in exchange for recommending a state grant to help a daycare center.
He was expelled from the House but won re-election in 2012 pending his trial. As an incumbent, he had the backing of Democratic party officials in this year’s primary.
And he still lost… despite Dem support. In Chicago. That takes some courageous voters.
The Democratic Party faces a major crisis of corruption. It has to concede wrongdoing and clean house.