Dick Lugar Wants To Vote, But There’s That Picky Little Residency Thing

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Republican state lawmakers have spent more than a year rolling back the rights of targeted groups in society; one of those groups being voters, namely the type that don’t tend to vote Republican.

In an interesting little twist, Sen. Richard Lugar (R Ind.) has been found ineligible to vote in his precinct in Indiana – temporarily anyway.

According to Politico:

“Lugar, who served two terms as Indianapolis mayor, still has a sprawling family farm in Marion County. But he and his wife, Charlene, have maintained a residence in the Washington, D.C., area since his election to the Senate in 1976. The couple currently live in McLean, Va.”

In a glaringly ironic statement, Lugar said,

“I don’t want to cast aspersions on anyone, but there has been a rather concerted campaign by self-appointed persons who believe this is the best way to settle the Indiana election.”

Ya think? Sounds like a carbon copy of the Republican plan to settle the general election to me; but even average citizens aren’t attempting to vote in a state they haven’t lived in for more than a generation.

To be fair, most lawmakers have residences in the Washington area, but they still maintain some type of “residence” in their home state; Lugar stays in hotels when he goes to Indiana. He does own a farm in the state, but when asked by the Daily Caller about it, a spokesman said,

it’s “within the family” and that “multiple owners” are listed on the deed.“He does not have a house in Indiana but that is immaterial to this,” the spokesman said.

In an interesting side note: Lugar and his wife only own about 16% of the farm, but have collected over $150,000 in subsidies for it.

Outside The Beltway reports:

“Lugar said he and his wife sold their house in Indianapolis because the only way they could afford to keep the family together and be part of their sons’ school and after-school activities was to move to Washington, D.C. full time and buy a home there.”

How touching, playing the family card; did he not make the connection when he decided to run that it would mean physically being in Washington to do his job?

Considering the Republicans and Tea Partiers claim to be the Constitution parties, it will be interesting to see how all this plays out; because Article I, Section 2, Clause 2 of the Constitution states:

“No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.”

More than likely, Lugar will end up being eligible to vote in Indiana because he’s got lawyers to make it happen for him. Will it make him reconsider voter restrictions being imposed on the rest of America by his party? I seriously doubt it.

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