Wednesday was a bad day for liberal Democrats with the highly-publicized arrests of California State Sen. Leland Yee and freshman Charlotte, N.C. Mayor Patrick Cannon, in both cases on allegations of criminal activity.
Sen. Yee, a powerful San Francisco career politician and anti-gunner, was arrested as the FBI and local law enforcement staged a series of arrests at several locations in the Bay Area. Cannon, on the job less than six months, has been in politics since he was 26 years old. He faces theft and bribery charges.
News of Yee’s arrest streaked across the news wires with coverage by every major California news agency weighing in. At first, various agencies reported that Yee had been indicted, but as the morning wore on, reporters and headline writers backed off, substituting terms as “arrested” and “detained.”
Yee was a candidate for California Secretary of State, but with his Wednesday arrest, that prospect appears to have evaporated.
Yee made headlines last year when his life was threatened over his gun control activities. Authorities arrested a 45-year-old man in Santa Clara County in connection with that case. At the time, Yee told supporters that the threats would not deter him from pushing for additional gun restrictions.
He is also not popular among video game fans for pushing legislation against video games.
For additional details, Seattle Gun Rights Examiner has been updating the story on Yee’s arrest throughout the day.