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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1986
I welcome your brief editorial attempting to clarify your previous ill-conceived editorial (April 30), "Anguish and Policy." Though you still err in the statement "Armenians call this genocide," implying only Armenians do so--and ignoring the pertinent facts of U.S. policy, which Rep. Tony Coelho (D-Merced) put forth in his letter (May 8)--you did hit upon the pivotal problem here: "To deny a cry for recognition . . . is to embitter the agony of its memory." Thank you. KINORA T. NERCESSIAN Westminster
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June 28, 1989 | JOSH GETLIN, Times Staff Writer
Former Rep. Tony Coelho (D-Merced), looking tanned and relaxed less than two weeks after resigning from Congress, blamed the media Tuesday for aggravating the furor over congressional ethics and said that House members are more honest than they were 25 years ago. In a breakfast meeting with reporters, the former House majority whip asserted that even though members of Congress are required to disclose the sources of all campaign contributions and...
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NEWS
May 30, 1989 | From Times wire services
House Speaker Jim Wright, getting a lot of free--and conflicting--advice, said today that he intends to announce by week's end whether he will resign or continue to fight ethics charges. Returning to the Capitol after a holiday weekend in seclusion with his wife, Betty, Wright told reporters: "I think I know what I should do. I think I know what I believe to be in my best interest and in the interest of the institution." The embattled Texas Democrat had no immediate announcement about his future, but said, "I expect to have one before the week is out."
NEWS
June 15, 1989 | From Times wire services
Rep. Tony Coelho (D-Merced), acknowledging "winds of change," bade a sad farewell to the House today, leaving under the cloud of an investigation after nearly 25 years of service. "Today, a wonderful chapter in the lives of the Coelho family is closing," the former assistant Democratic leader said in a brief speech shortly after the House convened. "The joy we find in leaving is the opportunity our new lives promise for being together. The sadness is in departing this House of Representatives--a place I truly love."
NEWS
June 14, 1989
Assemblyman Rusty Areias (D-Los Banos) announced that he will not seek the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Tony Coelho (D-Merced), who decided to leave office rather than let an investigation into his personal finances embarrass his political party. Areias also endorsed Assemblyman Gary A. Condit (D-Ceres), who had previously announced his candidacy to succeed Coelho. A close friend of Condit, Areias said he was concerned that a split Democratic primary could hurt the party's nominee in the general election.
NEWS
June 15, 1989 | From Times wire services
Rep. Tony Coelho (D-Merced), acknowledging "winds of change," bade a sad farewell to the House today, leaving under the cloud of an investigation after nearly 25 years of service. "Today, a wonderful chapter in the lives of the Coelho family is closing," the former assistant Democratic leader said in a brief speech shortly after the House convened. "The joy we find in leaving is the opportunity our new lives promise for being together. The sadness is in departing this House of Representatives--a place I truly love."
NEWS
May 28, 1989 | PAUL WEST, The Baltimore Sun
Rep. Tony Coelho, the third-ranking member of the House Democratic leadership, is resigning from Congress, sources said Friday night. The stunning decision by the 46-year-old Californian follows mounting reports of ethical problems that threatened to block his advancement up the leadership ladder. Coelho's announcement was made in the form of an interview with the New York Times. In it, Coelho (D-Merced) said that he did not want to put his party and his colleagues through a protracted investigation of his personal finances.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1989
As an institution that changes leaders only a little more often than the Church chooses new Popes, the U.S. House of Representatives truly was stunned by Rep. Tony Coelho's announcement that he would resign rather than suffer through an investigation of his personal finances. As ambitious as Coelho may be, this congressional meteor of the 1980s is not going to cling to his No. 3 House leadership post and his Merced-based seat like a dying ember, seeking vainly to salvage pride and reputation.
NEWS
June 28, 1989 | JOSH GETLIN, Times Staff Writer
Former Rep. Tony Coelho (D-Merced), looking tanned and relaxed less than two weeks after resigning from Congress, blamed the media Tuesday for aggravating the furor over congressional ethics and said that House members are more honest than they were 25 years ago. In a breakfast meeting with reporters, the former House majority whip asserted that even though members of Congress are required to disclose the sources of all campaign contributions and...
NEWS
May 31, 1989 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, Times Staff Writer
The sudden decision of Rep. Tony Coelho to resign from Congress has touched off a preliminary scramble for his seat among four San Joaquin Valley assemblymen, the mayor of Modesto and a top aide to Coelho. The contest is shaping up to be an unusually competitive race, with both the Republican and Democratic parties vying for the seat in a special election this summer and fall. Among those seriously considering entering the race are Democratic Assemblymen Rusty Areias of Los Banos and Gary A. Condit of Ceres--two close friends and members of the rebel "Gang of Five" who last year unsuccessfully challenged the leadership of Democratic Assembly Speaker Willie Brown.
NEWS
June 14, 1989
Assemblyman Rusty Areias (D-Los Banos) announced that he will not seek the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Tony Coelho (D-Merced), who decided to leave office rather than let an investigation into his personal finances embarrass his political party. Areias also endorsed Assemblyman Gary A. Condit (D-Ceres), who had previously announced his candidacy to succeed Coelho. A close friend of Condit, Areias said he was concerned that a split Democratic primary could hurt the party's nominee in the general election.
NEWS
June 7, 1989 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, Times Staff Writer
Going in style: As recent events have pointed up, it's not always whether you win or lose but how you bow out. Charged with multiple ethics violations, House Speaker Jim Wright, who formally left his post Monday, didn't just go quietly; he protested his innocence in a memorable and tearful speech to the House: "Let me give you back this job you gave to me as a propitiation for all of this season of bad will, . . . I don't want to be a party to...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1989
As an institution that changes leaders only a little more often than the Church chooses new Popes, the U.S. House of Representatives truly was stunned by Rep. Tony Coelho's announcement that he would resign rather than suffer through an investigation of his personal finances. As ambitious as Coelho may be, this congressional meteor of the 1980s is not going to cling to his No. 3 House leadership post and his Merced-based seat like a dying ember, seeking vainly to salvage pride and reputation.
NEWS
May 31, 1989 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, Times Staff Writer
The sudden decision of Rep. Tony Coelho to resign from Congress has touched off a preliminary scramble for his seat among four San Joaquin Valley assemblymen, the mayor of Modesto and a top aide to Coelho. The contest is shaping up to be an unusually competitive race, with both the Republican and Democratic parties vying for the seat in a special election this summer and fall. Among those seriously considering entering the race are Democratic Assemblymen Rusty Areias of Los Banos and Gary A. Condit of Ceres--two close friends and members of the rebel "Gang of Five" who last year unsuccessfully challenged the leadership of Democratic Assembly Speaker Willie Brown.
NEWS
May 30, 1989 | From Times wire services
House Speaker Jim Wright, getting a lot of free--and conflicting--advice, said today that he intends to announce by week's end whether he will resign or continue to fight ethics charges. Returning to the Capitol after a holiday weekend in seclusion with his wife, Betty, Wright told reporters: "I think I know what I should do. I think I know what I believe to be in my best interest and in the interest of the institution." The embattled Texas Democrat had no immediate announcement about his future, but said, "I expect to have one before the week is out."
NEWS
May 28, 1989 | PAUL WEST, The Baltimore Sun
Rep. Tony Coelho, the third-ranking member of the House Democratic leadership, is resigning from Congress, sources said Friday night. The stunning decision by the 46-year-old Californian follows mounting reports of ethical problems that threatened to block his advancement up the leadership ladder. Coelho's announcement was made in the form of an interview with the New York Times. In it, Coelho (D-Merced) said that he did not want to put his party and his colleagues through a protracted investigation of his personal finances.
NEWS
May 21, 1989 | GEORGE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
A key financial adviser to U.S. Rep. Tony Coelho (D-Merced) is enmeshed in a tangle of lawsuits here that accuse him of failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in debts and of breaking promises to business associates. Merced accountant Donald W. Ozenbaugh Jr. has emerged as a pivotal figure in questions surrounding Coelho's personal finances. Coelho, who said through a spokesman on Friday that he was unaware of the lawsuits against Ozenbaugh, has identified him as the man who prepared financial disclosure forms that failed to list an unusual $50,000 loan Coelho received from Columbia Savings & Loan in 1986 to finance part of the purchase of a $100,000 high-yield "junk bond."
NEWS
June 7, 1989 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, Times Staff Writer
Going in style: As recent events have pointed up, it's not always whether you win or lose but how you bow out. Charged with multiple ethics violations, House Speaker Jim Wright, who formally left his post Monday, didn't just go quietly; he protested his innocence in a memorable and tearful speech to the House: "Let me give you back this job you gave to me as a propitiation for all of this season of bad will, . . . I don't want to be a party to...
NEWS
May 21, 1989 | GEORGE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
A key financial adviser to U.S. Rep. Tony Coelho (D-Merced) is enmeshed in a tangle of lawsuits here that accuse him of failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in debts and of breaking promises to business associates. Merced accountant Donald W. Ozenbaugh Jr. has emerged as a pivotal figure in questions surrounding Coelho's personal finances. Coelho, who said through a spokesman on Friday that he was unaware of the lawsuits against Ozenbaugh, has identified him as the man who prepared financial disclosure forms that failed to list an unusual $50,000 loan Coelho received from Columbia Savings & Loan in 1986 to finance part of the purchase of a $100,000 high-yield "junk bond."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1986
I welcome your brief editorial attempting to clarify your previous ill-conceived editorial (April 30), "Anguish and Policy." Though you still err in the statement "Armenians call this genocide," implying only Armenians do so--and ignoring the pertinent facts of U.S. policy, which Rep. Tony Coelho (D-Merced) put forth in his letter (May 8)--you did hit upon the pivotal problem here: "To deny a cry for recognition . . . is to embitter the agony of its memory." Thank you. KINORA T. NERCESSIAN Westminster
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