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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 08/01/2002

Laura Richardson’s ethics grilling didn’t keep her from the ball field

Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.), second from left, apparently fresh from an ethics-panel interview. (Katherine Frey)
A throwaway line in that blistering report from the House Ethics Committee on Rep. Laura Richardson casts new light on the California Democrat’s impressive performance in the annual congressional softball game.

According to the report, Richardson’s big interview with ethics investigators came on June 20, the day of the big game, which pits female members of Congress against the journalists who cover them. Richardson apparently thought the interview was going on far too long and worried that it would keep her from the action on the diamond.

She “repeatedly made complaints about its length and ultimately demanded that it end so she could participate in an annual Congressional softball game,” the report states. And although investigators suggested reconvening another day, the congresswoman was adamant that they finish up.

We’re not sure how the timing worked out, but we can confirm that the congresswoman arrived at the ball field (at Watkins Recreational Center, just blocks away from the Capitol) in plenty of time. She was there when the team was announced — and the pre-game stress of an intense congressional investigation didn’t put her off her game. She was one of the team’s strongest players — even though the Lady Lawmakers lost to the Bad News Babes 13-10, teammates and opponents said Richardson was one of a small handful of players who helped keep the game from being a blowout.

Maybe it was the adrenaline?

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