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Ron Calderon lashes out at assemblywoman who called for his resignation

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There are efforts to strip state Sen. Ron Calderon of his committee assignments but it's a call for his resignation that drew a response Friday from the politician.

State Sen. Ron Calderon lost his spot on the California Film Commission - and could lose his committee assignments - after details of an FBI investigation against him were made public last week.

But it's a call for his resignation that's got Calderon fired up. 

Al Jazeera America published a sealed FBI affidavit last week that detailed how an undercover federal agent cultivated a relationship with the Montebello Democrat by posing as a film studio executive. The agent allegedly gave Calderon $60,000 in bribes in exchange for legislation on film tax credits. When his Sacramento office was raided by the FBI back in June, Calderon denied any wrongdoing. 

In the wake of the Al Jazeera America story, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg removed Calderon from the state's Film Commission. He's also asked the Senate Rules Committee to remove Calderon as chair of the Insurance Committee. 

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia is calling for Calderon's resignation.

"The distraction caused by this case, in my own backyard, and its long term implications are detrimental to the fabric of government and to the citizens that the senator represents," she said.

That did not sit well with Calderon, who fired off a statement Friday. 

"It is outrageous in a democratic society for Cristina Garcia, an elected official, to trample on the Constitution by making a mockery of the presumption of innocence, a fundamental right, and seek political gain by embracing the criminal acts of media outlets that violate federal law by revealing the contents of sealed federal documents," the statement read.

"I would suggest that Assemblywoman Garcia would best serve her constituents by reviewing her notes from her Eighth Grade civics class," he added.

There was no immediate response from Garcia.

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