HOH’s One-Minute Recess: End of an Era

Posted October 19, 2010 at 10:46am

Looks like Rep. Laura Richardson won’t ever fix up her controversial house in Sacramento, Calif.

The California Democrat is selling the infamous home, which drew headlines because of 2008 foreclosure proceedings (and the fact that neighbors alleged it had fallen into serious disrepair), the Sacramento-based Capitol Weekly reports.

The house is listed for a short sale, and Sacramento court documents reveal the Congresswoman is more than $42,000 late in payments on the house, which she defaulted on in 2009. She’s selling the house for $399,000, far below the $535,001 that she bought it for in 2007.

The latest developments come after the bank seized the home in 2008 and sold it at auction. But Richardson persuaded the bank to rescind the foreclosure, a move that led to an investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics. Richardson was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing.

But the home also gained attention after neighbors complained it had fallen into disarray, including being infested by rats, in need of serious yard work and home at times to drug-dealing squatters.

Overheard on the Hill

“Before we got a plane during the 08 race we flew on JetBlue & I ran into our flight attendant 2day-she took such good care of us!”

— Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), waxing sentimental in a Tuesday morning tweet.

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