Take Two for November 7, 2013

State Of Affairs: Marcelo Co, San Bernardino elections and more

Councilman Bribery


Former Moreno Valley City, Calif., Councilman Marcelo Co is seen in a booking photo provided by the Riverside County Sherrif's Office, following his arrest Monday Aug. 12, 2013, on eight felony fraud charges. Co has agreed to plead guilty to bribery after accepting $2.3 million in what is believed to be the largest bribe ever taken by a U.S. politician in an undercover sting, authorities said Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.

Moreno Valley Corruption Case Co

Courtesy U.S. Attorney's Office

The U.S. Attorney's Office says this is a capture from a video in which Marcelo Co – an ex-Moreno Valley city councilman – accepts a $2.36 million bribe on January 30, 2013. Co is with his hands on the back of his head, sitting in front of the cash, the feds said. The other two people in the photo are an undercover law enforcement agent and an informant, both of which officials declined to identify.

It's time for State of Affairs, our look at politics and government throughout California. To help us with that we're joined in studio now by KPCC political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.

This week a former Moreno Valley councilman pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge. Authorities say Marcelo Co accepted a $2.3 million payment from an undercover FBI agent.  

Let's turn our attention to San Bernardino for a moment where seven of the city's 10 offices were on the ballot this week. One city councilwoman was recalled, even as voters sent her to a runoff for mayor. What else happened in Tuesday's election?

Speaking of elections, Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly announced his campaign for governor this week. Donnelly founded the Minutemen Party in California. He is a favorite of the Tea Party. And he made quite a splash this week with his campaign video. 

Last night, hundreds of supporters for Hillary Clinton gathered downtown to raise money for a super PAC that's encouraging the former Secretary of State to run for president. Did people there really feel like they need to somehow convince Clinton to run for president?

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