GOP lawmakers say convicted senator should resign
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Three Republican state lawmakers are breaking with their leader to ask that a Democratic colleague convicted of voter fraud be immediately expelled or forced to resign.
Sens. Joel Anderson of Alpine, Steve Knight of Palmdale and Andy Vidak of Hanford sent a letter to Senate leader Darrell Steinberg on Tuesday calling for the ouster of Sen. Roderick Wright.
Wright could face more than eight years in prison at his March 12 sentencing after a Los Angeles County jury found him guilty of voter fraud and perjury.
Steinberg recommended that Wright be allowed to retain his office until a judge enters a formal conviction. That could be delayed if an appeals court stays the lower court's decision.
Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff, a Republican, last week agreed with Steinberg's decision.