2014-03-27T235503Z_1_CBREA2Q1UGH00_RTROPTP_2_CALIFORNIA-YEE

Indicted California state senator ends Secretary of State campaign

File photo of California State Senator Leland Yee speaks about state budget impasse in San FranciscoBy Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A prominent state senator withdrew from a race for California Secretary of State on Thursday, a day after he was arrested by FBI agents and charged with corruption and conspiring to import and traffic firearms, his attorney said. Democratic state Senator Leland Yee said he would end his campaign to become California’s chief elections officer in a letter submitted to Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s office on Thursday, his attorney Paul DeMeester told reporters. A former San Francisco supervisor and one-time mayoral candidate, Yee had been considered a strong candidate for the seat, but now risks becoming the first California state senator ever suspended. “This was a very personal decision on the part of the senator,” DeMeester told a news conference.

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