Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach) is getting lots of press this week, just not the kind that a candidate running for reelection might hope to attract.
On Wednesday, the House Committee on Ethics recommended Richardson be reprimanded for violating codes of ethics and standards of conduct and fined $10,000. The committee concluded that Richardson pressured her legislative staff to work on her campaign, often against their will.
Richardson is running against Rep. Janice Hahn in the newly created 44th Congressional District that stretches from San Pedro to Watts and across to South Gate. The editorial board endorsed Hahn, a former member of the Los Angeles City Council and sister of former Mayor James Hahn, in the June primary.
The ethical slap on the wrist isn’t likely to win Richardson any new endorsements and could drive away supporters who read the scathing report. Frankly, some of the findings are just plain embarrassing for the candidate. For example, the Long Beach congresswoman “repeatedly made complaints about its length and ultimately demanded that it end so she could participate in an annual Congressional softball game.” It's too bad she didn't want to play nice and reportedly delayed turning over documents and dragged out the process.