Update on Walk-Away Congresswoman
Democratic Congresswoman Laura Richardson has even Hillary Clinton beat for selective memory problems. Remember how Hillary kept repeating the Bosnia story? That she dodged sniper fire, etc.? She always knew it was a lie, but she needed a concrete example of her foreign policy experience. It was telling that that was the only story she could come up with. I hope the Clintons (and the Bushes) disappear from American politics permanently.
But I digress. Here’s what Richardson said of her property in Sacramento in a statement this past Wednesday:
the residential property in Sacramento California is not in foreclosure and has NOT been seized by the bank.
I have worked with my lender to complete a loan modification and have renegotiated the terms of the agreement — with no special provisions. I fully intend to fulfill all financial obligations of this property.
These are bald-faced lies. According to the WSJ:
The Sacramento home of Rep. Laura Richardson was sold in a public auction two weeks ago for $388,000….James York, the Sacramento broker who bought the three-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom home, rejected the idea that the home hadn’t been seized. The sale of the home was announced in March. “She’s walked away from the property,” he said. “I would be happy to resell her the home for the $535,000.”
Recall from the original story:
The Southern California Democrat bought the house for $535,000 with no money down in January 2007 and owed nearly $575,000 to Washington Mutual when the mortgage was sold earlier this month at a significant loss to Red Rock Mortgage Inc.
And there is additional irony here:
Richardson didn’t vote on the housing rescue deal that passed the House of Representatives two weeks ago and in a statement attributed her absence to her father’s funeral. But Richardson did vote last fall in favor of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, which passed and prevents the federal government from charging income tax on debt forgiven as a consequence of foreclosure.