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The continuing saga of the deadbeat defaulting Dem

By Michelle Malkin  •  July 7, 2008 01:41 PM

The ever-unfolding saga of Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Deadbeat defaulter) continues to provoke outrage and snickers in California. But will her constituents actually do anything about their national embarrassment?

The latest? Via the Long Beach Press Telegram, it turns out the serial home loan ditcher actually held a real estate license. Terrific:

U.S. Rep. Laura Richardson’s housing woes – defaults in Long Beach and San Pedro, a foreclosure and unpaid property taxes in Sacramento – are well-documented.

What is less known is that the Long Beach Democrat once held a real estate license.

The congresswoman was permitted to sell property in California from Dec. 16, 1998, to Dec. 15, 2002, state Department of Real Estate records show.

In the late 1990s, Richardson worked for short periods of time at Action Century 21, 3626 E. Pacific Coast Highway, and Prudential California Realty (now Coldwell Banker), 1650 Ximeno Ave., agents at both offices say.

A spokesman for Richardson says she never took part in any real estate transactions.

The Dem leadership continues to support her:

As of last week, Richardson had $330,000 in campaign debt.

Likely reducing some of the burden, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer staged a fund-raiser June 25 to help pay down her debts.

How much was raised? A spokeswoman for Hoyer says her boss doesn’t know. Richardson’s spokesman would not comment. The donations should eventually become public record.

Stay tuned. There are two possible challengers, but their prospects are slim:

Richardson is running for re-election unopposed in November.

That could change if Long Beach resident Nick Dibs, 50, gets his name on the Nov. 4 ballot as an independent. Dibs, a substitute teacher with the Norwalk-La Mirada and Garden Grove School districts, on Monday announced his run for the 37th District. He has until Aug. 8. to gather 7,759 voter signatures.

…Cypress College Professor Peter Mathews says he will decide by next week whether to mount a write-in campaign against Richardson.

“I am very strongly considering it,” the Long Beach resident says.

As a registered Democrat – he lost to Richardson by a wide margin in the primary – Mathews cannot earn a ballot position.

If Richardson’s constituents won’t hold her accountable, you can.

Ask Laura Richardson.


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