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CA Lawmaker: I Received Racist Threats After Criticizing Palin's Speaking Appearance

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In a press release, the office of Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) said a fax received on Monday was titled: "To: JoBama Rectum Sniffer Fish Head Leland Yee" and contained a picture of a pickup truck dragging a noose.

"It is quite disturbing that such racist and homophobic sentiment still exists in our country," Yee said in the statement.

Yee's office says it has forwarded the messages to the California Senate Sergeant-at-Arms to investigate.

The full release is below:

The controversy surrounding an upcoming Sarah Palin event at California State University Stanislaus and calls for greater transparency from Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) has spurred several racist and homophobic phone calls to Yee's office and even a fax threatening the Senator's life.

An expletive-laden fax received yesterday in the Senator's San Francisco and Sacramento offices says, "To: JoBama Rectum Sniffer Fish Head Leland Yee" and then in all capital letters, "WERE YOU TO EXTRACT YOUR HEAD FROM TREASONOUS MARXIST NIG**R HUSSEIN OBAMA'S RECTUM, YOUR BRAIN WOULD STILL FUNCTION AT ITS PRESENT MUCH DIMINISHED LEVEL BUT AT LEAST THE NIG**R SH*T SMELL WOULD EVENTUALLY DISSIPATE."

The fax, which included a graphic of an American flag adorned pickup truck dragging a noose, also states "FIGHTING The Marxist Nig**r Thug Hussein Obama" and "Safeguard the Constitution, Death of all Domestic Marxists!"

Another fax received by the Senator's office with a similar graphic says, "NEW WEBSITE COMING SOON: lyeesucksobamasnig**ras*.com," as well as "JoBama. HE IS BRAVE ENOUGH TO KILL OUR UNBORN, JUST NOT BRAVE ENOUGH TO CALL OUR ENEMIES WHAT THEY ARE: Muslim Terrorists!" The fax also includes a rifle scope targeting a shirt with the communist hammer and sickle symbol.

One of the phone messages left after hours in Yee's office voicemail says, "You know, I heard that Senator Yee wants to nix Sarah Palin from speaking at Stanislaus State...Maybe we ought to have a homosexual with a long enough di*k to where he can stick it up his as* and fu*k himself while he is on stage giving a speech. That would be acceptable to Leland Yee. So, good thing you run in San Francisco 'cause you'd never make it anywhere else."

These and other messages have been forward to the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms to investigate.

"It is quite disturbing that such racist and homophobic sentiment still exists in our country," said Yee. "It is unfortunate acts like these that demonstrate why we must continue to be vigilant against hate and intolerance."

The hate messages come after Yee has demanded greater transparency of the CSU Stanislaus administration regarding an upcoming visit from the former Alaska governor. After the university claimed they had no documents or correspondence pertaining to the Palin visit, students testified that they found pages 4 through 9 of the Palin contract in the administration's dumpster, which show her visit requirements include a hotel suite, first class airfare or a private Lear jet, pre-screened questions, and "bendable straws."

The Attorney General has since launched a formal investigation and Californians Aware has filed a lawsuit.

(h/t Ben Smith)

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