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Hoyer Hosts Fundraiser for “Deadbeat” Dem

As the Senate continues to debate the Chris Dodd-Bank of America Lender Bailout Act of 2008, another of the Dems’ poster children for housing-market mischief pops up in the news: House majority leader Steny Hoyer is hosting a fundraiser for “deadbeat congresswoman” Laura Richardson — less than a week after calling for an investigation into her financial chicanery:

Richardson was elected to the House last August in a special election to replace the late Democratic Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald.

Subsequently, Richardson lost her Sacramento home to foreclosure after failing to make payments. She also reportedly owed Sacramento County about $9,000 in property taxes and defaulted on loans six times on two other California homes.

On top of that, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram, Richardson failed to pay an auto mechanic for hundreds of dollars’ worth of car repairs and then abandoned the car at another body shop.

None of this was detailed — as some of it probably should have been, according to critics — on Richardson’s legally mandated financial disclosure forms.

The liberal watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) dubbed Richardson a “deadbeat congresswoman” and filed a complaint. Both Hoyer and House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said that Richardson’s woes might merit an ethics inquiry. […]

But Hoyer’s policy didn’t deter him from going ahead with the fundraiser to help his beleaguered colleague pay off the $330,000 she owed as of last month. The event is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 tomorrow evening, in rented space at a private residence on Capitol Hill.


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