Ethics panel calls for reprimand of California Democrat
August 1st, 2012
02:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Ethics panel calls for reprimand of California Democrat

WASHINGTON (CNN) - California Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson misused government staffers for a variety of political and personal purposes, and should be formally reprimanded by the full House of Representatives, according to a report released Wednesday by the House Committee on Ethics.

The committee unanimously recommended both the reprimand and a $10,000 fine for the three-term congresswoman, who has admitted wrongdoing and accepted the proposed penalty. House members are expected to approve the recommendation of the panel, which is divided equally between Republicans and Democrats.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    What does this distraction have to do with republicans banning women's reproductive rights? KMA Mittens.

    August 1, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    has admitted wrongdoing and accepted the proposed penalty.

    What she did was absolutely wrong and I don't understand why people do these things and expect to get away with it but at least she IS accepting responsibility which is far more than I can say about some of whom belong to BOTH parties D and R.

    August 1, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Get rid of her.

    August 1, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Dummy.

    Queue GOPers/Teatrolls pretending this means its only Dems who pull this kindof crap....

    August 1, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    On average, between 700 and 900 bills will get passed over the course of two year term in the House. Trumans "do nothing Congress" passed only some 500 or so bills. The current Tea Party House has only passed about 110. That's correct foks, only 110 as of last week.

    So when Pres. Obama campaigns aganst a "DID nothing Congress" in the fall you will know what he's talking about.

    August 1, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Myviewis

    I've read on her and I don't think she is sorry and if she could do it again I bet she would. But, she's still there and she's probably up to no good already.

    August 1, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Hussein Obama Public Enemy #1

    According to democrats this is in fact impossible.

    August 1, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    "On average, between 700 and 900 bills will get passed over the course of two year term in the House. Trumans "do nothing Congress" passed only some 500 or so bills. The current Tea Party House has only passed about 110. That's correct foks, only 110 as of last week."
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    Yeah, yeah... you've been repeating that tripe for a few days now. So Rudy... tell the class why you think the number of bills a congress passes is the correct metric to grade their effectiveness. Does a complex bill count as 3 simple ones?

    August 1, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Hussein Obama Public Enemy #1"

    Just can't help it with the racism thign, eh? Boy are you the business end of a phallus.

    August 1, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Hussein Obama Public Enemy #1 wrote:

    According to democrats this is in fact impossible.
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    Actually, according to Republicans, this is in fact impossible. She's accepting responsibility for her transgressions.

    August 1, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. PJ

    @Myviewis"
    ******
    After reading your comments on what the people "where you come from" think of Americans, ie "uneducated,
    undiscliplined, no culture" and "not highly thought of", your "view", for me anyway, falls on deaf ears.
    Are they "laughing" at you too?

    August 1, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. Hussein Obama Public Enemy #1

    Sniffit

    "Hussein Obama Public Enemy #1"

    Just can't help it with the racism thign, eh? Boy are you the business end of a phallus.

    Please state how using someones name is racism or are you (as usual) just screaming racist.

    August 1, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Queue GOPers/Teatrolls pretending this means its only Dems who pull this kindof crap....
    -------------------------------------------------
    ...Or somehow some way tying her, and her actions in to the Prez.

    Yawn.

    P.S.
    @ Wire Palladin
    Loooove your new sign off: KMA Mittens.
    Please don't mind if I use it!

    August 1, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. Hussein Obama Public Enemy #1

    Rudy NYC

    Hussein Obama Public Enemy #1 wrote:

    According to democrats this is in fact impossible.
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    Actually, according to Republicans, this is in fact impossible. She's accepting responsibility for her transgressions.

    ----

    She's accepting it because she wass in fact CAUGHT!!

    August 1, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I thought she was a Repube until I read the part where she admitted to her transgressions and is accepting of the sanctions.

    August 1, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair asked:

    Yeah, yeah... you've been repeating that tripe for a few days now. So Rudy... tell the class why you think the number of bills a congress passes is the correct metric to grade their effectiveness. Does a complex bill count as 3 simple ones?
    -----------------
    Yes, I do. What is most appalling is that at least 33 of those 110 bills were measures to repeal health care reform. They had a similar number of bills that had amendments to repeal financial reform. I am sure there was overlap. The Tea Party House has been a complete disaster. Things have gotten worse since they rolled into town.

    When you consider that Democrats cannot stop how many bills they bring to the floor, and the fact that the Tea Party holds the majority and can pass anything they want and as much or AS LITTLE as they want, yes it is the correct metric. The "did nothing Congress" is what the Tea Party is.

    August 1, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. once upon a horse

    @ PJ....

    if you read "Myviews" views so-called views all the time he is very consistant.....Democrats are ALWAYS wrong and guilty and those on the right are ALWAYS correct and innocent. So it's always the same and good for a head shaker. And if they are wanting the ethics panel to go after a California congressperson I'm sure Issa is not totally innocent either so dig into his closet while they're at it.

    August 1, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Hussein Obama Public Enemy #1 wrote:

    She's accepting it because she wass in fact CAUGHT!!
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    She's not going to deny it, and neither are her colleagues. Most importantly, she's not going to turn it into a fund raising opportunity like a Republican would.

    August 1, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "Please state how using someones name is racism or are you (as usual) just screaming racist."

    Please state why you think everyone who reads that kind of crap is so stupid that they can't see right through your insistence on using "Hussein" instead of his first name or just his last name for the attempt to stress that you feel it makes him sound more muslim, less Amurikan, more "other" and to play off the fact that he's black for the same reasons. Pretending that's not what you're doing and not your intention is just silliness. Truly...it's more transparent than even the "where's hs birth certificate" bullsh-t.

    BTW, This isn't a situation where he's chosen and asked to be called by his middle name or a nickname based thereon, the way Mitt has.

    "She's accepting it because she wass in fact CAUGHT!!"

    Which, in and of itself, differentiates her from GOPer/Teatrolls. Yuo guys NEVER admit fault, even when caught. You may now resume your regularly scheduled wide stance.

    August 1, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    once upon a horse

    @ PJ....

    if you read "Myviews" views so-called views all the time he is very consistant.....
    ------------–
    How dumb can you become? Myviewis has stated that back home in the mother country, they look down on Americans as stupid, dumb, fools, etc, and that they people of the mother country are superior. The problem is that Myviewis joined the dumb, stupid fools. How dumb can you become?

    August 1, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. Hussein Obama Public Enemy #1

    Sniffit – First off demcorats literally think their.chit.doesn't stink.

    Second if using someone's name makes them a racist you're a bigger idiot than everyone already thinks you are.

    August 1, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. Expat American

    Hussein Obama Public Enemy #1
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    You mean the President’s middle name is actually Hussein?
    I had better get down to the dollar store and buy out all the corn dogs and toilet paper!
    Now I’m almost as scared as you!

    August 1, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. Hussein Obama Public Enemy #1

    The only thing she's sorry about is the fact that she was caught.

    August 1, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. truth hurts

    loks like pelosi never did drain the democrat swamp in the house.... corrupt democrats still everywhere. another slap on the wrist like rangel. these clowns should be drummed out of congress, period. this is how corruption flourishes, when nothing serious is done.

    August 1, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |