Smoking Gun Exposes Elizabeth Lauten’s Run-In With The Law As A Teen After Rude Comments About Malia And Sasha Obama

December 2, 2014  |  

We told you yesterday that Elizabeth Lauten, the Republican congressional aide who publicly chastised Malia and Sasha Obama, resigned from her post as the communications director for Steven Fincher, a rep. from Tennessee. If you’ll recall, she criticized the 16 and 13-year-old sisters for looking bored and wearing skirts that were shorter than what she thought they should have on while President Obama pardoned some turkeys the day before Thanksgiving. She felt their behavior and attire didn’t show “respect” for their roles in the White House.

You would have thought they actually did or said something for all the pettiness she spewed on her Facebook page. But alas, with some people (folks with political beefs), you just can’t win no matter what.

Well, after apologizing (then taking that apology down) and then resigning, Lauten hasn’t found herself in the free and clear with people as of yet, and certainly not with The Smoking Gun. The website did some digging and shared that Lauten “was once arrested for larceny during her own ‘awful teen years,’ court records show.”

Back in December of 2000, a then-17-year-old Lauten was caught stealing from a department store in her hometown of North Carolina. As a first-time offender, her case was handled through a deferred prosecution program, and eventually her charges were dropped when she agreed to stay out of trouble. Others online have also dug up less than flattering photos of a young Lauten chugging a beer with friends:


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Until her resignation this morning for insulting President Obama's daughters , #ElizabethLauten served as communications director for Rep. Steven Fincher, a Tennessee Republican. In the face of criticism about her attack on the Obama daughters, Lauten said that “many hours of prayer” helped her realize that her Facebook screed was “hurtful.” Lauten, pictured above, was arrested in December 2000 for misdemeanor larceny, according to court records. Lauten, then 17, was collared for stealing from a Belk department store in her North Carolina hometown. Because Lauten was a first-time offender, her case was handled via the District Court’s deferred prosecution program, which resulted in the charge’s eventual dismissal after the future scold stayed out of trouble for a prescribed period. Since Lauten was just another teenager caught shoplifting at the mall, it appears unlikely that she was publicly pilloried for her lack of class, nor were her parents criticized as poor role models. (Smoking

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At the end of the day, young people make mistakes so I’m not going to attack Lauten for those made back when she was 17. However, she should have kept her own past in mind before she decided to attack a 13 and 16-year-old, just because they weren’t smiling at the pardoning ceremony for some damn turkeys. Girl, bye.

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