With potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her confrontational style of politicking in the news in connection with the Arizona shootings, Palin-related threats to state Sen. Leland Yee have resurfaced.
Sen. Yee, D-San Francisco, represents District 8, which includes Woodside and Portola Valley. He is a candidate for mayor of San Francisco.
Sen. Yee's office experienced "a clear uptick" in anonymous hate messages via phone, fax and e-mail following his effort to make public Ms. Palin's $75,000 contract to speak at a June 2010 black-tie gala at California State University at Stanislaus, said Adam Keigwin, Sen. Yee's chief of staff.
Investigators into the Arizona shootings have apparently found faxes with language similar to those that Sen. Yee received around that time, Mr. Keigwin said.
He referred inquiries about the investigation into the threats to Sen. Yee to the office of the Legislature's Sergeant-at-Arms and the California Highway Patrol.