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State senator threatened over Limbaugh boycott

January 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
He condemned Rush Limbaugh and called for a boycott of Limbaugh's advertisers. Now a state senator says he's received a threatening call, and he has the voicemail to prove it.

State Senator Leland Yee called for a boycott of Limbaugh's advertisers after the talk show host's controversial comments about China and its president. Thursday morning Yee received racist messages and a threat.

Someone left Yee a racially offensive voicemail overnight Thursday. The caller was angry the San Francisco Democrat called for boycotting the advertisers of conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

"Dude, why don't you just resign from office - orifice, rather-- and go get a whatchamacallit, an eggroll and an unfortunate cookie and eat it," said the caller on voicemail.

Yee found the voicemail threatening because he also received faxes the day before, with a pickup truck dragging a noose.

"Anytime anybody makes a threat to your life or anybody who suggests your demise," said Yee. "What it does for me is to embolden me that I'm going to continue to fight and stand for what I think is appropriate and what is right."

Yee took on Limbaugh for mocking Chinese President Hu Jintao last week during his White House visit.

Because many Chinese-Americans found it offensive, Yee, a child psychologist, demanded an apology, but Limbaugh refused.

"When you have a person like Rush Limbaugh thinking that it's OK to mock and to ridicule and to laugh at different cultures and different language, then you are alos now allowing children to think it's OK to do that," said Yee.

Yee was similarly targeted last year when he demanded that California State University-Stanislaus reveal how much it paid Sarah Palin to be a keynote speaker.

Investigators of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' shooting are also looking into Yee's faxes because they are similar to ones she received.

Yee is running for mayor of San Francisco.

The California Senate sergeant-at-arms can't discuss the Yee case for security reasons, but he says an average of two threats a day come in to senators. He tells lawmakers not to talk about the threats publicly because they encourage more people do it.