Legislators offered supportive words and hugs to Assemblyman Ian Calderon during a brief floor session Thursday as the 27-year-old grapples with a FBI investigation of his uncle and roommate, Sen. Ron Calderon.
"I honestly don't know what's going on other than what I read in the press," Calderon, D-Whittier said. "I just don't have a comment. I'm just trying to figure out what's going on."
Sen. Ron Calderon, a moderate Democrat who represents the Los Angeles community of Montebello, was not on the Senate floor Thursday as the upper house convened its twice-weekly floor session.
He was out on "personal business," said Kathy Dressler, chief of staff to Senate leader Darrell Steinberg. That's not considered an excused absence, she said, so he will not receive his $142 per diem.
Calderon has not appeared publicly since his Capitol offices were raided Tuesday by FBI agents who carried out several boxes of material, but would not discuss the nature of their investigation.
Both the Calderons share a Land Park house while in Sacramento. The younger Calderon is a first-term assemblyman. His father, Charles Calderon, is a former assemblyman, who is raising money to run for secretary of state next year.
PHOTO: Assemblyman Ian Calderon, D-Whittier during session on Monday, March 11, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua