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Senate Hopeful Guerra Slams Steinberg over Calderon, Wright ‘Employment’ Status

Senate hopeful Mario Guerra.

Senate hopeful Mario Guerra.

By Brian Hews

Downey –  California State Senate hopeful Mario Guerra slammed Senate Pro-Tem President Darrell Steinberg on Monday afternoon surrounding the current employment status of indicted Senator Ronald Calderon and convicted Senator Rod Wright.

Guerra, who is running to replace the termed out legislator in the newly drawn 32rd State Senate District called on Steinberg “to force” both Calderon and Wright to immediately turn in their resignation notices.

Guerra is a Republican and both Calderon are Democrats.

On Sunday, Calderon said that he would be taking a paid leave of absence while he fights federal corruptions charges that could land him in jail for life if found guilty on all counts.

Last week, Calderon was charged by federal officials for accepting nearly $100,000 in bribes in exchange for action on several legislative bills.

Steinberg last week gave Calderon until Monday to resign or take a leave of absence. Steinberg said that if his long-time political alley refused to step down, he would have faced a Senate vote to suspend him from office.

Calderon told members of the media late Sunday in a statement that, “I will be seeking a voluntary leave of absence from my legislative duties in Sacramento. This is not a resignation since I still have my day in court. However, due to the nature and complexity of the charges, and the discovery materials that I will have to review, I expect this to be a lengthy period of absence continuing until the end of the session in August.”

Guerra, who is a current city councilmember and a leading candidate to replace Calderon in Sacramento, told HMG-CN in an interview that, “Doing the right thing is not difficult. There are currently two State Senators – both representing constituencies within Los Angeles County – who have refused to step-down after being charged and/or convicted of multiple felonies.”

Guerra also said, “I want to reiterate that silence and inaction are not acceptable. Our leaders must not only have character, they must lead by example. My record speaks for itself when it comes to voting for what is right – every time. I led the drive and passed resolutions in my city asking for both Senator Wright’s and Senator Calderon’s resignation.”

Guerra added, “It is unacceptable to continue to allow Senators Wright and Calderon to be members of the Senate. They are both continuing to be a drain on the limited resources that our great State has. Over $200,000 of the public’s money will be paid to these corrupt politicians while they take a vacation on the taxpayers’ dollar. Voters continue to be disenfranchised with politics and this is why – corrupt politicians break the law and their peers blindly protect them. We deserve more from those who have elected.”

Calderon will still be collecting his taxpayer salary and benefits package while he is awaiting trial.



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6 Comments on "Senate Hopeful Guerra Slams Steinberg over Calderon, Wright ‘Employment’ Status"

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Ethics? Is that like when someone posts comments in support of Calderon while being a paid lobbyist and failing to disclose that little detail. Ethics are non-existent with our State Legislature. Time for the citizens to use the initiative process to pass really and meaningful campaign reform….starting with the activities of lobbyists.

Henry Sousa

Those that scream the loudest about “ethics” must have something to hide.

Mario Guerra
Matt, I completely agree with you about reserving judgement. Thats why there was a trial. And a jury of his peers found Sen Wright guilty of 8 felonies. Judgement has been passed by our judicial system. We now need leaders in our capital to do what is in the best interest of our residents. And you as a lobbyist know this. Anytime ethical standards are breached like these two exhibited then we all need to ask them and others to do what is right. They should resign or be asked to resign. We taxpayers are paying for the salaries of… Read more »
David Lauderdale
Gone are the days of holding elected officials to a higher standard. Or in the case of Mr.’s Calderon and Wright the Democrat leaders chose to hold them no standard. Please keep in mind Mr Wright is a convicted FELON and still collecting our money. He should be in Jail not on paid leave. A UCLA water polo player has been suspended after being indicted by a grand jury for rape. Mr. Calderon is indicted on 24 felony counts including Bribes, Money Laundering and Tax Fraud. Has he been suspended?? The answer is no. He simply chooses to take an… Read more »
Who is Matt Gray

BTW: Matt Gray is a big political hack up in Sacramento. Hummm……

Matt Gray

I’d say Senate hopeful Guerra needs a lesson in constitutional rights, where people are presumed innocent unless/until proven guilty in a court of law. Why would we expect someone’s salary, for their job, to be withheld over mere allegations which have yet to be proven? I would expect Senator Steinberg might easily turn that baseless attack around and beat Mr. Guerra over the head with it. We need thoughtful and experienced people in the Legislature — not reactionary ones.