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Last-minute mailer lists Democrat Rep. Laura Richardson as Republican; campaign calls it 'dirty politics'

Reps. Laura Richardson, left, and Janice Hahn, right, face each other in the race for Congress' 44th District.

Just days before Tuesday's election, a California congresswoman has changed political parties — or at least that's what mail from a former councilman landing at voters' homes says.

Rep. Laura Richardson's campaign was outraged Monday after residents in her Los Angeles-area district received mail labeling her a Republican in her race against fellow Democratic Rep. Janice Hahn.

Richardson is — and has been — a Democrat.

Spokeswoman Jasmyne Cannick tells the Los Angeles Times the mailers amount to "dirty politics."

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The mailer lists several offices with recommendations.

Under the section labeled "44th District," it lists Hahn as a Democrat and Richardson as a Republican.

The ads were sent by a former Los Angeles councilman who once worked for Hahn's late father. Nate Holden tells the newspaper the error was unintentional and he regrets it.

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