‘Non, je ne regrette rien…’

State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, indicated this morning he has no regrets about his vote against the state budget deal put forth by Democratic legislative leaders, even though it has cost him his own leadership post.

Yee’s office released a copy of a letter he sent this morning to state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento:

I understand that your Chief of Staff, Kathy Dresslar, informed my Chief of Staff, Adam Keigwin, last night via email that I have been removed as Assistant President Pro Tempore.

I am proud to have been the first Asian American to ever hold this position. However, I am more than willing to relinquish this title if that is the price for voting my conscience on the state budget and standing up against severe cuts to education, social services, and health care.

While the title is a symbolic achievement for my community and the constituents I serve, it is more important that I represent their interests in the Legislature and fight to protect schools, the elderly, and working families.

I will comply with your request to reorder letterhead and other office materials to no longer include the title of Assistant President Pro Tempore.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

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  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    If M. Yee had voted for the budget, he would have risked losing his seat. He was thinking of his career.