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The Buzz: Tom Calderon drops out of Senate race to replace his brother

Tom Calderon drops out of Senate race to replace brother

Former Assemblyman Tom Calderon has dropped out of the race to replace his brother Ron Calderon in the California Senate next year.

“I’m not running,” Tom Calderon said Wednesday in a phone call with The Sacramento Bee.

“I just need to take time for myself and my family. I’ve been through a lot this year.”

In June, the FBI raided the Capitol offices of Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, and attempted to contact Tom Calderon, who works as a consultant. Federal authorities appear to be looking into businesses that have ties to Tom Calderon. This year they subpoenaed the Central Basin Municipal Water District and raided the Pacific Hospital of Long Beach – both businesses that have been clients of Tom Calderon’s consulting practice. Ron Calderon, meanwhile, has opened a legal defense fundraising committee to cover expenses related to his “public corruption investigation.”

Tom Calderon said Wednesday he has not testified before a grand jury in the case and has had no contact with federal authorities in recent weeks.

His departure from the 32nd Senate District race is good news for former Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, who is running for the seat.

– Laurel Rosenhall

BALLOT WATCH

A Public Policy Institute of California lunchtime event brings three big names from the three branches of government to Sacramento’s Sheraton Grand today. Former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, former Gov. Gray Davis and former California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George will be discussing the ballot initiative process during a panel moderated by Los Angeles Times columnist Patt Morrison. A recent PPIC report recommended increased disclosure of funding and other changes in the process.

– Jeremy B. White

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