SACRAMENTO — Senate President Pro Tem David A. Roberti (D-Los Angeles) on Wednesday backed away from punishing senior Republican Sen. H. L. Richardson for his suspected role as a strategist in an unsuccessful plot to overthrow Roberti.
Richardson originally had been counted by Roberti as one of three "insurgents" he believed were engineering his ouster.
As punishment, Roberti said, he considered firing Richardson as a member of the Judiciary Committee, a post the Glendora legislator relishes.
However, Roberti said on Wednesday that although he had heard "rumors" of Richardson participating in unspecified "meetings," no one came forth with proof.
"I wouldn't be on strong ground (to remove him)," Roberti said. "I'd be acting on rumors. I'm pretty sure now the meetings he was attending were about changes in his own (Republican) leadership ranks and not the Senate as a whole."