My mother came in today and asked me if I had seen the story about the dangers or using gas stoves and cooking oil. I asked her if she realized that for about 80,000 years mankind has been cooking with an open flame and various vegetable and animal fats? And we are doing OK so far. Then in return I asked her if there was anything on the local network news about the numerous Democrats arrested for a wide selection of crimes this week. No, she hadn’t. Well Mom, the fat’s in the fire all right.
California senator, alleged mobsters netted in American Hustle-style FBI sting
Call it “American Hustle” gone West. An elaborate FBI sting culminated this week after two undercover officers — who posed as East Coast Mafia members — helped take down 26 Californians, including an influential state senator with alleged ties to an Asian mob.
State Sen. Leland Yee, an outspoken Democrat who is a gun control and open government advocate, was arrested Wednesday on charges he conspired to traffic in firearms and traded favors in Sacramento for bribes. He was allegedly taking bribes from men who turned out to be FBI agents.
Yee, who is running for secretary of state and currently represents half of San Francisco, was being held on $500,000 bail after appearing handcuffed and shackled in federal court.
He was charged with six counts of depriving the public of honest services and one count of conspiracy to traffic in guns without a license. He’s also accused of trying to help an undercover agent obtain weapons from a Muslim rebel group.
New York state assemblyman
The FBI raided Democratic New York Assemblyman William Scarborough’s Albany office Wednesday morning and also took papers from his office in Jamaica, Queens. The feds confronted him at 5:45 a.m. in a hotel room, where they seized his smartphone. FBI investigators asked Scarborough about per diem reimbursements received by state lawmakers.
“I’m innocent, but I understand the reality,” Scarborough told reporters at the state capitol Wednesday. “I don’t know what’s going to go on. I am going to talk to a lawyer, this is just stunning to me.”
Scarborough was first elected to the Assembly from a primarily Queens County district in 1994.
Mayor of Charlotte
FBI agents arrested Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon Wednesday for allegedly accepting bribes in exchange for “the use of his official position.”
Cannon allegedly accepted more than $48,000 in cash, airline tickets, a hotel room, and even an apartment from undercover FBI agents.
“In light of the charges that have been brought against me, it is my judgment that the pendency of these charges will create too much of a distraction for the business of the city to go forward smoothly and without interruption,” Cannon wrote in his resignation letter. “I regret that I have to take this action, but I believe that it is in the best interest of the city for me to do so.”
Cannon was elected to the City Council in 1993, served through 2005, and was elected again in 2009, serving as mayor pro tempore until his election to the mayoralty in 2013.
Rhode Island House Speaker
Rhode Island Speaker of the House Gordon Fox resigned his speakership and announced that he would not seek re-election after FBI agents, along with agents from the IRS, the U.S. attorney’s office, and state police, raided both his Providence, R.I. office and home Friday.
Fox did not disclose what the FBI was looking for. The search warrants and affidavits that allowed for the raid have been sealed by a court.
Fox was elected to the state legislature in 1992 and was elected speaker in 2010.
(Scuttlebutt is that Mr. Fox, a homosexual, was involved in sex with underage boys. Apparently he was shocked to discover that is still illegal. )