Democratic State Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco says he is received threatening calls and faxes, and even a death threat since he demanded greater transparency from Stanislaus officials regarding Palin's appearance.
The Democrat showed a few of them to ABC7 Tuesday. One expletive-laced fax shows an American flag-adorned pickup truck dragging a noose.
"It's just unfortunate that the tenor of this country right now, in terms of discussions, I think of public policy, has been reduced to name calling and using homophobic and racist arguments," Yee says, "That's not helpful to anybody."
Yee says his wife is more worried about the threats than he is. He also says he will not back down on his effort to get answers from Stanislaus administrators on Palin's compensation package.