The other intramural congressional battle between Los Angeles-area Democrats pits Reps. Laura Richardson and Janice Hahn. One of them will stay in Congress, the other will come back home in defeat. At the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, the powers that be clearly signaled they like Hahn. From Shane Goldmacher on the National Journal website:
Among the Democratic women of the House that took the Democratic National Convention stage Tuesday night with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was one surprise: Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif....Her opponent, Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson, was nowhere to be found on stage.
It's little secret in Washington that the Democratic leadership is rooting for a Hahn win. Richardson was reprimanded in August for ethical misconduct and had to pay a $10,000 fine, after facing a previous ethics inquiry.
Richardson and Pelosi, meanwhile, have butted heads, including last December when Richardson reportedly attacked Pelosi for embracing a congressional pay-freeze proposal. Politico reported at the time that Richardson suggested Pelosi, a multimillionaire, should have consulted with her less well-off colleagues.