Why lead story with scandal?

01/11/2014 7:10 AM

01/10/2014 2:41 PM

Re: “Resilient de Leon aims for Senate’s top post” (Page A1, Jan. 5): I am disturbed that this story about Sen. Kevin de Leon’s candidacy to lead the state Senate began with references to scandal. The story starts by calling the senator’s candidacy for the top post a surprise, given that "His name is mentioned 56 times in an FBI affidavit alleging that Sen. Ron Calderon accepted $88,000 in bribes from an undercover agent and a hospital executive" and that "De Leon himself accepted $5,000 in campaign contributions from the agent." Fortunately, the rest of the story shows that de Leon deserves to be a serious candidate for Senate leader. He has demonstrated leadership within and outside the Senate and has a “Horatio Alger” life story. He has taken on difficult legislative tasks successfully and has demonstrated grace and poise when unsuccessful. -- Saeed Ali, Los Angeles

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