Merced Democrat also scheduled to testify in Calderon probe

Published: Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2013 - 6:58 am

Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, is the second state legislator to announce he has been subpoenaed to testify in the federal investigation involving state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello.

"I'm not particularly surprised they would want to talk to me," Gray said Monday. He served three years on Calderon's staff before being elected to office last year.

"I suspect they want to talk to most folks who worked for Ron throughout the period of the investigation."

FBI agents searched Calderon's Capitol office last month and removed several boxes of material. They have not said what they are investigating but have also raided a Long Beach hospital and subpoenaed a Southern California water agency that has done business with Calderon's brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon.

Ron Calderon has opened a legal defense fund to raise money to cover expenses related to what he described in a letter to the secretary of state as his "public corruption investigation."

Gray said he does not know what issues authorities want to interview him about when they put him before a grand jury early next month in Los Angeles. As legislative director for Calderon from 2008 to 2011, Gray said, his main job was to provide background material on bills before Calderon voted on them.

Gray said he plans to cooperate fully with authorities. "Now I'm an elected official and it's my job to protect the public interest," he said. "The best way to do that is to be open and forthright answering questions so the authorities can complete their investigation."

Last month, Sen. Kevin de León announced that federal authorities had subpoenaed him to testify before a grand jury in the Calderon case. The Los Angeles Democrat has said his office is not a target of the investigation.

Call Laurel Rosenhall, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1083. Follow her on Twitter @laurelrosenhall.

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