Capitol Alert: Embattled California Sen. Ron Calderon gets a solo seat

jmiller@sacbee.comJanuary 6, 2014 

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Senator Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, talks during his news conference at the State Capitol to discuss his bill, SB 1775, Tuesday April, 8, 2008.

BRIAN BAER — Sacramento Bee Staff Photo

State Sen. Ron Calderon has lost committee assignments and campaign donors since the publication of a leaked FBI affidavit alleging that that the Montebello Democrat took bribes.

Now Calderon has lost his longtime desk. When the Legislature returns from its recess later today, Calderon will be assigned to a seat in the chamber's southeastern corner, not the more centrally located desk he occupied last year, according to the latest Senate seating chart.

Calderon also will be the only senator sitting all by himself. He will share a desk with the vacancy created in the 23rd Senate District by the Dec. 1 resignation of state Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Redlands, who used to sit in the chamber's northern half along with other Republicans.senate_seating.jpg

Calderon probably can't expect a lot of colleagues stopping by to chat. Besides the specter of the FBI inquiry, Calderon has alleged that federal authorities retaliated against him because he refused to assist an alleged investigation of Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and state Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles.

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