Sen. Yee gets death threat over Palin appearance

State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, right, discusses the the documents related to a speaking contract for former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, found in the trash bins at California State University, Stanislaus, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, April 13, 2010. CSU, Stanislaus students Alicia Lewis, left and Ashli Briggs, right, say they were tipped off on April 9, about the the administration officials attempt to get rid of documents concerning Palin's speaking appearance with the CSU Stanislaus Foundation in June. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

April 20, 2010 7:05:48 PM PDT
There is an ugly, new twist in the controversy over Sarah Palin's June visit to Cal State Stanislaus.

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.