A day after he was arrested on suspicion of wire fraud and firearms trafficking, state Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) said Thursday he is dropping out of the race for secretary of state in this year’s election.
However, Yee’s decision came too late to take his name off the ballot for the June 3 primary, where it will appear along with seven other candidates seeking to become California’s top elections official.
“I hereby withdraw my candidacy for election of Secretary of State, effective immediately,” Yee wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Debra Bowen.
The state election code says that no candidate can withdraw from the ballot after their declaration of candidacy is filed, according to Shannan Velayas, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state.
But Yee is not going to be campaigning for the post, an advisor said.