House Panel Seeks Reprimand of Long Beach Congresswoman

The House Ethics Committee calls for Long Beach Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson’s reprimand for violations such as improper staff and resource use. A rare yes vote could further harm her campaign.

She reportedly made congressional staffers work on her campaign into the night — and when one asked to go home at 8 p.m., she ordered that person to make more phone calls. Staffers described her as verbally abusive and intimidating. And she used taxpayer money when planning a political fundraiser called “Democratic Idol,” featuring members of Congress singing karaoke.

For this and her “callous disregard for her staff and the resources entrusted to her by the American people,” the House Ethics Committee recommended Wednesday that Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach) be reprimanded, a rare and embarrassing punishment that would deal a severe blow to her already lagging reelection bid.

The House is expected to vote as soon as Thursday on the reprimand for violating standards of conduct. If approved, it would be the fourth House vote since 1997 to discipline a member for ethical lapses. Richardson also faces a $10,000 personal fine over the misuse of government funds.

In a scathing report, the ethics panel found Richardson improperly compelled her congressional staff to work on her campaign, used taxpayer-funded resources for personal and political activities, and obstructed the investigation.

“Her disrespect for boundaries between the offi

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33 comments on “House Panel Seeks Reprimand of Long Beach Congresswoman
  1. ElizabethMC says:

    Well I know I won’t be hearing about this in the msm.
    The media went crazy when members of Scott Walker’s staff were charged with similar violations.
    There were pitchforks and torches Everywhere, and they were demanding that Walker be impeached. And the likes of ed schultz and chris matthews were foaming at the mouth.
    Divided we will fall.

    • Victor Magilke says:

      I’m sick of this double standard crap. Half of the black caucas should be in a federal prison but nothing is ever done. All Rangel and Waters had to do was cry racist and they stopped pursuing their crimes. Congress needs to get tough and forget their racism charges and prosecute the guilty.

  2. Gringo Infidel says:

    This will go nowhere and if true she will continue to get away with it.

    Hey staffers – get a clue – leave and sell your story – you will be better off in the long run.

    • LarryW says:

      If she was in Pennsylvania and did that she would be in prison! The “ORIE” sisters of Pa. did that and they were brought up on charges and, one was found guilty and thgive a prison term. The other sister is now going to court and they same thing will happen to her…to bad CALIFORNIFICATION doesn’t have the gonads to do what Pa has done…oh well thats what being liberal does for the state…hope they enjoy being abused and ripped off by their “officials”.

  3. Willy Jones says:

    When are they going to get Stretch? That’s Nancys new name. Her face has been stretched to the point of her eyes almost popping out.

    • Victor Magilke says:

      The Botox Queen is guilty of just as many crimes and nothing has been done to her either. What a mess we have!

  4. Dr. Real says:

    If true, a reprimand is not justice…send her home to her constituency for 6 months…no voting, no pay…let the voters decide her final fate. Only true penalties will correct bad behavior.

  5. junkmailbin says:

    typical lib in charge. I B D Boss so you do what I say period. sO SAYS DE MASSA

    • MidnightDStroyer says:

      In essence, you are correct…”We the People…do ordain & establish this Constitution” “for ourselves & our posterity” & the Oath of Office thereunder makes her only ONE of OUR EMPLOYEES under a contract of employment known as the Constitution. We also must never forget that the Constitution, being the Supreme Law of the Land, is also the Supreme Contract of the Land, therefor overriding ALL other contracts that they may choose to enter.

      While I’d refrain form using the word “massa,” it’s only due to inaccuracy…We are her employers so I’m more likely to use words like “boss” or “bosses.”

  6. Michaellaborde says:

    Really, it’s supposed to ve conservatives who are evil people and the democrauts are supposed to I feel your pain.

  7. jude says:

    Going after maxine waters will be more exciting to read about, probably a slap on the wrist and keeps her job and pension.

    • Victor Magilke says:

      I’d love to see that mouthy racist hog Waters in handcuffs and in a orange jumpsuit.

  8. john says:

    long beach where????….great reporting

  9. LiveFreeOrDie says:

    She sounds like one of those lovely “civil” Democrat folks. Just a lovely woman who thinks her staff is their for her personal use. I’m sure she has them pick up her dry cleaning and take her kids to school. But the “rich” are the “evil” ones in her mind.

  10. Tomtom says:

    Sorry, but you cannot take away Pelosis title of Witch of the West !!!!

  11. chamberjac says:

    Sounds just like Sheila Jackson Lee ! The real problem is that if truth were known, I suspect that a majority of the elitists are guilty of some sort of ethics violations, such as insider trading, and other similar habits of taking advantage of inside information.

    • Victor Magilke says:

      Sheila Jackson is another racist hog that belongs in prison. I think most of her relatives are still swinging from vines.

  12. mtsnj says:

    Another Weiner biting the dust.

  13. Mr M. says:

    If Obama wants Mitts tax forms Then he should show his birth and college PAPERS

    • MidnightDStroyer says:

      I agree…If Mitt stuck to this as a condition of revealing anything of his own to the public, I’d bet that Obama would back down very quickly & stop making such demands. After all, proof of Obama’s “natural born citizen” status IS required by the Supreme Law of the Land.

    • Victor Magilke says:

      I agree. Mitt should say if Obama will release all his sealed records I will give them all my tax returns.

  14. Robert says:

    And I thought slavery was illegal. Then embezzling money from the taxpayers to do it. A reprimand is not sufficient I really feel that Congress should take a page From the Way, Singapore handles these minor things.
    Any member of Congress who does not live up to their oath of office ,breaks a law, or bring disgrace upon the Congress for their actions should be publicly flogged on the steps of the Capitol. Number of strokes to be determined by the assessed .and no member of Congress should be persecuted for telling the truth. If someone calls a Congressman /representative/ any elected official a liar and can prove that that person is a liar should not be punished. Why should they have to say something to the effect “I think my Hon. contemporary as a deficiency of the information and has possibly interpreted it wrongly” why not just say you’re a liar prove your point. Just think of how much time would be saved and paper needed to write it in the Congressional record .

  15. Evermyrtle says:

    Was there some reason that they could not just walk out?? That is what I would have done. I do not believe in standing on what I believe is right for me as well as forthe rest of America.