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In California yesterday, the FBI arrested State Senator Leland Yee, a Democrat, on several corruption charges, including gun running.
In North Carolina, Mayor Patrick Cannon, a Democrat, was arrested for theft and bribery after a four-year sting operation.
In New York, FBI agents raided Democratic Assemblyman William Scarborough’s offices and questioned him in a hotel room. Scarborough told the news media that agents asked him about per diem reimbursements he received during his service in the state legislature.
Scarborough called the raid the result of a “tabloid hit job.”
“I’m innocent, but I understand reality,” Scarborough said. “I don’t know what’s going to go on. I am going to talk to a lawyer, this is just stunning to me.”
New York State Senators John Sampson, Democrat, and Malcolm Smith, Democrat, are also under federal indictment for corruption. Both were charged last year.
In Rhode Island, House Speaker Gordon Fox, a Democrat, had his home and offices raided as part of an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s office, the FBI, the IRS, and state police. Fox resigned from his position on Friday and dropped out of the race for reelection.
In California, State Senator Ron Calderon, a Democrat, was indicted on bribery charges last month. In January, Democratic state Senator Roderick Wright was convicted on eight counts of voter fraud and perjury. He was indicted in 2010.
Notice anything weird here (besides the party affiliation, which you often won’t read about it in the media)? When it comes to clearing corruption out of the states, the Justice Department seems highly motivated. Yet at the federal level we can barely get investigations going — and when we do, witnesses take the Fifth.
Job well done to all those who are working to clean things up in the states. Can we now turn those investigators loose on the federal government with the same fervor? We have some corruption to clear out there as well.