SACRAMENTO — The leader of the state Senate says a fellow Democratic lawmaker should resign or face suspension after he was indicted on multiple federal corruption charges.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said Friday that he has the support of the Democratic caucus in calling for Sen. Ron Calderon to resign or take a leave of absence after he was indicted on bribery, conspiracy and money laundering charges.
Calderon is charged with using his office to extract bribes from a hospital executive and undercover FBI agents who pretended to be involved in the film industry.
Steinberg says in a statement that the charges “strike at the very heart of what it means to be a public official.”
If he doesn’t resign or take leave, Steinberg says the Senate will suspend him.
A spokesman for Calderon said he had no immediate comment.