Leland Yee, who recently criticized Rush Limbaugh over the radio host’s mocking impression of Chinese President Hu Jintao, is now calling for a boycott of the radio host’s advertisers.

Today, Yee’s office said it had received a fax that mentions Limbaugh and contains racist language and a graphic of a noose.

A couple of weeks ago, Yee’s chief of staff, Adam Keigwin, said that a Pima County, Ariz sheriff’s detective had questioned him about death threats that Yee had received connected to Yee’s criticism of Sarah Palin last year. Keigwin said the detective was looking into a possible connection between those threats and the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Leland Yee Calls for Boycott of Limbaugh Advertisers, Receives Threatening Fax 26 January,2011Jon Brooks

  • Gopal

    While it is certainly despicable for Limbaugh to ignore threats being by his fans, using his name in the process, to politicians, I can’t help but wonder if Yee is using this to keep himself more visible prior to the SF Mayoral election.

    Limbaugh and his nutcase fans make a perfect foil for a San Francisco politician, and especially one like Yee who has spent the last few years in Sacramento, “above the fray”, so to speak, with regards to the nasty progressives vs moderates fissioning of the local Democratic party.

  • garth

    This controversy cause me to read the Limbaugh website and listen to his show for a few hours. Mark Stein was very funny and factual today. Limbaugh sounded a lot more reasonable that I ever thought. I will continue listening to him just to be sure. However Yee sounded like he was hee-hawing for nothing. there have been all kinds of jokes make on TV about Palin and Limbaugh and Bush and Clinton and even our own Obama. I never heard of this guy then. Is he just a hee-hawing jack-ass looking for attention or is he just stupid?

  • Garth’s ESL teacher

    I suggested to Garth that he correct the conjugation in his comment above, but he declined (a little joke there for ESL and even “EFL” teachers and speakers).
    However, he did agree that the last sentence should substitute the words “am I” for “is he” 🙂


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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