Three Republican state senators called Tuesday on Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg to hold a vote on expelling state Sen. Rod Wright and to make a "forthright effort to the senator requesting his resignation."
In a letter Tuesday to Steinberg, state senators Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, and Andy Vidak, R-Hanford, said the Senate cannot wait for Wright's appeal of his felony convictions on voter fraud and perjury charges.
"The fact remains that felony convictions have been handed down from a jury upon a member of the Senate," the senators wrote. "Whether an appeal is granted by a judge or not is irrelevant to the fact that a vote of this body should be granted by leadership and/or a forthright effort to the Senator requesting his resignation."
"The California State Senate is an esteemed body and should always conduct itself with respect to the public and reverence for the laws that we are entrusted with," the letter reads.
Wright office was not immediately available for comment on the senators' letter.
In a statement, Steinberg said it is prudent to let the process play out.
"As I have stated before, I believe that it is premature for this body to act before the verdict is accepted by the judge. An expulsion cannot be undone if the judge does not accept the verdict," Steinberg said.