Translation: "Shit, I got busted. Time to play the race card."The House Ethics Committee has voted to start a full-blown probe into Rep. Laura Richardson, D-Calif., and whether she made congressional aides do work on her campaign.
A formal announcement will come later Friday.
Various staffers have told ethics investigators that Richardson pressured them to work on her campaign on government time and use government resources. Congressional rules ban aides from working for a campaign on government time and using congressional resources to do so.
Richardson faces a tough re-election next year as she has been redrawn into the district of Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., who was just elected in a special election a few months ago.
To conduct its inquiry, the Ethics Committee will assemble an "investigative subcommittee" which will study Richardson's conduct. The investigative subcommittee is comprised of other lawmakers who aren't on the Ethics Committee.
“I also intend to explore the issue of whether the Ethics Committee has engaged in discriminatory conduct in pursuing two investigations against me while simultaneously failing to apply the same standards to or take the same actions against other members – of whom the overwhelming majority are white males,” she said.
Nevermind the fact that she looks whiter then I did this summer.