288,000 Californians vote for indicted arms trafficker

posted at 8:01 pm on June 4, 2014 by Mike Antonucci

State Senator Leland Yee, whom I hope you remember made international headlines when he was indicted on arms trafficking and corruption charges last March, had been a candidate for secretary of state. He dropped out of the race after his arrest, but it was too late to remove his name from the printed ballots.

Yesterday, Yee received almost 288,000 votes — 10% of the total and good enough for third place in the primary. He finished ahead of five other candidates.

A tip of the hat to San Jose State University political scientist Larry Gerston, who was remarkably insightful about how this could happen.

“There will be some people who will vote for Yee because they do not know what is going on,” he said.


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“There will be some people who will vote for Yee because they do not know what is going on,” he said.

And you can lay the blame for that right at the feet of the Liberal Media.

Johnnyreb on June 4, 2014 at 8:05 PM

That quote sums up California.

LASue on June 4, 2014 at 8:06 PM

California is what the GOP elites want to turn the entire USA into by passing amnesty.

WIN!!!

jukin3 on June 4, 2014 at 8:07 PM

But he’s strong on gun control, so I like him. -Yee voter

Flange on June 4, 2014 at 8:07 PM

288,000 Californians vote for indicted arms trafficker

Bah… How many American’s voted for Obama for a second term? Fast and Furious, a program of his, was illegal arms trafficking.

oscarwilde on June 4, 2014 at 8:08 PM

“There will be some people who will vote for Yee because they do not know what is going on,” he said.

These are called DEMOCRAT voters, or stupid voters. Not low info, brain damaged voters. Dropped on their heads when they were kids voters.

jukin3 on June 4, 2014 at 8:09 PM

“There will be some people who will vote for Yee because they do not know what is going on,” he said.

In other words, Democrats in California.

Lourdes on June 4, 2014 at 8:10 PM

No information voters.

rbj on June 4, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Californians

d1carter on June 4, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Packing

Bmore on June 4, 2014 at 8:11 PM

A tip of the hat to San Jose State University political scientist Larry Gerston, who was remarkably insightful about how this could happen.

“There will be some people who will vote for Yee because they do not know what is going on,” he said.

‘Some people’. Lool :) Try 300,000 of them, idiot…at least that’s the figure that was reported in the local media,

jimver on June 4, 2014 at 8:11 PM

“There will be some people who will vote for Yee because they do not know what is going on,” he said.

Golly gee-
How could that be?

bazil9 on June 4, 2014 at 8:13 PM

288K Californian brains hurt…

22044 on June 4, 2014 at 8:14 PM

“There will be some people who will vote for Yee because they do not know what is going on,” he said.

Wrong.
That is not how it works anymore.
Chinese vote for their man,
mehicans for their man ,
blacks and white union thugs vote for the Dem they are told to vote for,
other Asians shop around for the popular one who is closest to their community.

burrata on June 4, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Let me try to explain this. What makes you think the other Democratic candidates are any different than Leland Yee? The only difference I know of, is Leland Yee got indicted, otherwise they all play the game the same way.
There are many Californians fed up with the power elites and would vote for Yee as a protest or to gum up the works.

richardb on June 4, 2014 at 8:16 PM

There was SOME interesting and potentially good news from CA’s elections yesterday: a Republican, Elan Carr, won on a Congressional Primary run for the seat held by Waxman (Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Malibu, Santa Monica, generally called “The Westside”, 33rd District).

Republican Elan Carr Leads Wendy Greuel, Ted Lieu in Race for Henry Waxman’s 33rd District Seat

Carr came out ahead as the large field of Westside Democrats split the vote in Tuesday’s congressional primary. Carr will face State Sen. Ted Lieu in the November general election…

He’s still a Liberal but saying that in the CA 33rd District means he’s not a Communist/Progressive/Democrat. You have to understand how Far Left (think Waxman) the 33rd District is and you’ll understand why Carr’s placement in the Primary is a breakthrough.

Lourdes on June 4, 2014 at 8:16 PM

“There will be some people who will vote for Yee because they do not know what is going on,” he said.

And you can lay the blame for that right at the feet of the Liberal Media.

Johnnyreb on June 4, 2014 at 8:05 PM

No you can blame it on the Liberal union leftist “teachers” in Calif. who utterly fail to educate Californians from grade school thru college. Then we can blame the idiots who vote without bothering to even pay attention to to news; even when this criminals face was all over the papers, TV.
Crap they keep voting for Gov. Moonbeam too! Can’t fix stupid!

Bakokitty on June 4, 2014 at 8:17 PM

288K Californian brains hurt…

22044 on June 4, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Actually, way more than that, if you count the ones who didn’t know it was election day, couldn’t find their way to the polls, or were home watching MSNBC.

JohnD13 on June 4, 2014 at 8:19 PM

“288,000 Californians vote for indicted arms trafficker”

And I laughed when I did it.

Nessuno on June 4, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Chinese vote for their man,
mehicans for their man ,
blacks and white union thugs vote for the Dem they are told to vote for,
other Asians shop around for the popular one who is closest to their community.

burrata on June 4, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Well, you went there so I’ll say I agree with that, based upon the individual voters in CA I’ve discussed candidates with. CA is today exceedingly Balkanized and MOST who define as ethnicity-racial-kind voters DO opt for their own when voting, regardless of positions held.

Yee almost certainly garnered the votes he did because he’s Asian and most Asians in CA vote for the Asian. Same with Blacks-for-Blacks, Hispanics-for-Hispanics, Coastal CA wealthy for the Progressive and usually that means abortion-supporting-female.

Lourdes on June 4, 2014 at 8:20 PM

This is why not everyone should be allowed to vote. How is it good for the republic if people are voting for candidates, and they don’t know why?

tdarrington on June 4, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Yes this man is an indicted arms trafficker who dropped out of the race but remember this was a California Democrat primary. It’s quite possible that despite the whole indictment and corruption thing that he was still the best person in the race.

alchemist19 on June 4, 2014 at 8:21 PM

288K Californian brains hurt…

22044 on June 4, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Sigh… How many people posting here realize that California has a population of 38 million? yea, the most populous State in the entire nation. 12 million more than Texas, the same as New York and Florida combined. Ok, so 288k voted for Yee. Big deal.

oscarwilde on June 4, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Hey, at least this guy didn’t let a young woman drown in
a Black Oldsmobile….so there’s that…

ToddPA on June 4, 2014 at 8:23 PM

It’s quite possible that despite the whole indictment and corruption thing that he was still the best person in the race.

alchemist19 on June 4, 2014 at 8:21 PM

One way, certainly, to think about it. There were a lot of awful people on the ballot…

Lourdes on June 4, 2014 at 8:24 PM

A tip of the hat to San Jose State University political scientist Larry Gerston, who was remarkably insightful about how this could happen.

“There will be some people who will vote for Yee because they do not know what is going on,” he said.

University political scientists: is there anything they don’t know?

de rigueur on June 4, 2014 at 8:25 PM

yee is being swiftboated.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 8:25 PM

…Cindy Sheehan was running for Governor, as Democrat (with “Party Preference, Peace and Freedom”).

Lourdes on June 4, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Hey, that’s about one half to one third of the entire state population of the Alma matter.

Nice going…

BigWyo on June 4, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Gavin Newsom ran as Democrat for Lt. Governor…

Lourdes on June 4, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow. A Triad Dragon Head nicknamed “Shrimp Boy” with ties to high profile pols.

How has this guy not been glorified in a Hollywood gangsta flick.

Won’t lie. I’d watch it.

swamp_yankee on June 4, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Gavin Newsom ran as Democrat for Lt. Governor…

He’s the incumbent. ’nuff said.

JohnD13 on June 4, 2014 at 8:32 PM

NO biggy … with all that is known about Dear Emperor … we have millions of people still displaying the “O’s” bumper sticker … and proud of it.

Ideology & stupidity trumps the truth.

ORrighty on June 4, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Gavin Newsom ran as Democrat for Lt. Governor…

He’s the incumbent. ’nuff said.

JohnD13 on June 4, 2014 at 8:32 PM

I realize that but I was pointing out but a few of the terrible options on the ballot.

Lourdes on June 4, 2014 at 8:36 PM

…he’s presidential material for the left.

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 8:37 PM

It’s quite simple every single liberal and leftist out there is a crooked, corrupt, gamer of the system. It is a prerequisite for becoming a Democrat. You have to be a lying, cheating, scumbag that would sell out his own mother…

This is the 3rd Senate demonRAT arrested just this session. And the Bell officials, and the LA judge candidate, and the SUPER corrupt disgraced State Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 4, 2014 at 8:38 PM

NO biggy … with all that is known about Dear Emperor … we have millions of people still displaying the “O’s” bumper sticker … and proud of it.

Ideology & stupidity trumps the truth.

ORrighty on June 4, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Just chatting with an Asian Californian a few weeks ago, who was offering up a lot of enthusiasm for Obama as President (in the context of him being invited to speak at the University of CA, Irvine commencement ceremony) (which I find a loathsome thing but it’s on), anyway, guy was bubbling in happiness about Obama in general and I pointed out to him but a FEW of the wretched troubles the man’s caused the nation and the Asian guy’s resentful response was, “but he was elected TWO times,” as if that was that, no problem with anything he’s done/doing.

Lourdes on June 4, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Bob Hope best described Democrat voters….

bettercallputin on June 4, 2014 at 8:42 PM

…he’s presidential material for the left.

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Must I go get Lourdes? :P

Judge_Dredd on June 4, 2014 at 8:42 PM

“There will be some people who will vote for Yee because they do not know what is going on,” he said.

I am astonished the number was so low – guessing that 90% of California Democrats “do not know what is going on”.

Must be that Democrats are largely racists who weren’t going to vote for some ying-yang named Yee.

Jaibones on June 4, 2014 at 8:43 PM

“There will be some people who will vote for Yee because they do not know what is going on,” he said.

Baloney. I live in SoCal.

All that matters is that Yee say the right things. None of his supporters care if he actually lives up to his ideals, because none of them live up to those ideals either.

California is a giant Potemkin village. It’s become Norway, the most hypocritical culture I’ve ever experienced.

The rationale is this: By espousing certain ideals, you prove that your heart is in the right place. Therefore you’re a good person. When you don’t live up to those ideals, you’re forgiven because you’re good. You mean well and you care.

All it takes to be good is to say certain things. Then you can behave however you want.

A Chair of Some Kind on June 4, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Don’t blame me.

I voted Ross James…!!!

JohnGalt23 on June 4, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Well, you went there so I’ll say I agree with that, based upon the individual voters in CA I’ve discussed candidates with. CA is today exceedingly Balkanized and MOST who define as ethnicity-racial-kind voters DO opt for their own when voting, regardless of positions held.

Yee almost certainly garnered the votes he did because he’s Asian and most Asians in CA vote for the Asian. Same with Blacks-for-Blacks, Hispanics-for-Hispanics, Coastal CA wealthy for the Progressive and usually that means abortion-supporting-female.

Lourdes on June 4, 2014 at 8:20 PM

There is a reason why we have ballots in so many languages here,
every ethnic group reads their own newspapers, listens to their own radio, watches their own tv stations, shops for food and booze in their own ethnic stores as far as possible, buys gas e from stations owned by their ” countrymen”, buys sells and rents houses and businesses to their own using their own brokers….
Not only that , even the government workers harass and ask for bribe based on which ethnicity they are dealing with.
Ofcourse no one is supposed to admit that this is what happens in CA.

burrata on June 4, 2014 at 8:57 PM

All that matters is that Yee say the right things. None of his supporters care if he actually lives up to his ideals, because none of them live up to those ideals either.

California is a giant Potemkin village. It’s become Norway, the most hypocritical culture I’ve ever experienced.

The rationale is this: By espousing certain ideals, you prove that your heart is in the right place. Therefore you’re a good person. When you don’t live up to those ideals, you’re forgiven because you’re good. You mean well and you care.

All it takes to be good is to say certain things. Then you can behave however you want.

A Chair of Some Kind on June 4, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Don’t look now, but you just summed up the Entire modern
Democrat party…..

ToddPA on June 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM

This guy should’ve borrowed that Tiger Costume from
that Dem in Oregon. Then he would’ve Won.

ToddPA on June 4, 2014 at 9:02 PM

bettercallputin on June 4, 2014 at 8:42 PM

You nailed it!

Lourdes on June 4, 2014 at 8:39 PM

That’s what we’re talking about … best definition of a Democrat that I could come up with … zombie.

How do you mark the deletion of a zombie? Hmmm, just wondering.

ORrighty on June 4, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Californians :
“We don’t care about no stinking corruption ! We don’t need no indictment ! ”
“He looks like 300,000 thousand of us, and he has a (D) after his name.”
“Now , let me try to make some money, so I can then move to a better run state and live out my life “

builderD on June 4, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Yet another reason why California is a lost cause.

Jack_Burton on June 4, 2014 at 9:14 PM

yee is being swiftboated.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 8:25 PM

I laughed when I read this. I thought that it was great satire, then I saw who posted it. Sadly, you were probably being serious.

307wolverine on June 4, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Your typical low info dumb liberal democrat voters.

nobama1267 on June 4, 2014 at 9:23 PM

YEE, I say unto thee, behold these crimes, and humble thy Knees!

SMACKRUNNER on June 4, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Meanwhile, the GOPe put their money on an Obama supporter for governor, lol.

xblade on June 4, 2014 at 9:37 PM

So…I may or may not be a Republican in California…

A lot of Yee voters voted for him because they were voting for him…I.e. The folks in S.F. County.

I have no doubt that some of us did though because the only way a Republican SoS is going to get elected is if Yee was the other guy on the ballot in November (even then it’s a close call) but one crooked dem vs another big deal.

Gov98 on June 4, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Quite a few voted for him hoping he’d win and be the Democratic nominee, would have been excellent, or voted for him ironically.

bennamc on June 4, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Sigh… How many people posting here realize that California has a population of 38 million? yea, the most populous State in the entire nation. 12 million more than Texas, the same as New York and Florida combined. Ok, so 288k voted for Yee. Big deal.

oscarwilde on June 4, 2014 at 8:23 PM

You must have been one of those 288,000 voters that voted for Yee because you’re not too good at math or statistics are you? First of all the entire state didn’t vote in this election, therefore comparing the entire population of the state to the number of votes cast in this election and the number of votes cast for Yee is an absurd comparison.

If Yee received 288,000 votes and that number was 10% of the all the votes cast in the election then the total number of votes cast was 2,880,000, which according to your estimate of California’s population of 38 million people would equate to less than 10% of the entire population of the State of California voted in this election! Therefore when compared to the number of votes cast in this election (not compared to the population of the entire state) then yes, 10% of the vote is A BIG DEAL because it proves California/liberal/progressive voters are morons!

This is a prime example of how Obama was elected twice and how Moonbeam was elected as governor again after his disasterous first go around as governor in the 70′s!

Low information voter is putting it nicely, moron voters is more accurate!

Liberty or Death on June 4, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Two words: Stupid Americans

And … in a ‘democracy’ (yea, yea, I know ‘a republic’) you deserve the government you elect.

I repeat, Stupid Americans.

Missilengr on June 5, 2014 at 12:39 AM

Reminds me of a story a friend told long time ago.
In Massataxes an inmate in a local county jail got on the ballot for some elected position and WON.
His last name? Kennedy.

Go figure.

Stupid Americans.

Missilengr on June 5, 2014 at 12:40 AM

My standard has always been, 10% of the voters are just plain nuts…

Breaking this down for Obama:

10% nutty voters
13% of voters, blacks ever faithful
12% of faithful dem no matter what

So Obama’s base, one that is almost impossible to get below, is 35%.

That is how he won, he started with 33% base, all he needed was another 16% of the rest of the voters…an easy accomplishment.

That is why these polls of Obama getting below or near 40% is so revealing.

right2bright on June 5, 2014 at 10:41 AM

“There will be some people who will vote for Yee because they do not know what is going on,” he said.

HELLO that’s where Rush came up with the LIV (low info voter)

The DEM party is full of em

neyney on June 5, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Yee, that’s the French spelling of Clinton…right?

Von Kleist on June 5, 2014 at 7:01 PM