That Sen. Kevin de León remains a serious contender to become the next leader of theCalifornia Senate may seem surprising given the events of the past six months.
His name is mentioned 56 times in an FBI affidavit alleging that Sen. Ron Calderon accepted $88,000 in bribes from an undercover agent and a hospital executive.
De León himself accepted $5,000 in campaign contributions from the agent.
That’s the combative nature of politics, said Jessica Levinson, a law professor at Loyola Law Schoolwho sits on the Los Angeles Ethics Commission.
“Is (Calderon) such a tainted figure at this point that just being associated with him is problematic, or are people really innocent until proven guilty?” she said. “The law and politics are different things. ... Politics is a lot more about appearances.”