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Friday, March 16, 2012

It's Official: Lugar No Hoosier

I can think of no more fitting sign of our times.  Indiana Senator Dick Lugar has been found by the state of Indiana to be a resident of Washington D.C..

Hoosier or no, this guy is considered by his friends and co-workers in their political class to be a member in good standing.  Regardless what state he has to claim as his "home" so as to keep his rarefied gig.  Which says a lot.

This is too much:
Sen. Lugar: Marion County Election Board declares senator and wife ineligible to vote in home precinct
By Jon Murray, Indianapolis Star

The Election Board has voted 2-1 along party lines to find Sen. Richard Lugar, a Republican, and his wife ineligible to vote in their former home precinct. The two Democrats found that the Lugars abandoned that residence, according to Indiana law, and no longer reside there.

Lugar’s camp says it will appeal the decision because it disagrees with the board’s “political” action based on what it contends was a faulty analysis of the law.

According to Election Board attorneys, there would be an easy fix — the Lugars could submit new voter registration forms that list a physical address in any Indiana county with which they currently have a connection. That could be a family member’s home or, possibly, the Lugar family farm. There is no house on that farm, but it may satisfy the requirement.

The GOP board member, Patrick J. Dietrick, said after today’s vote that the other members “utterly failed to consider the circumstances of this alleged violation of election law.” Today Clerk Beth White’s motion said there was no evidence that the Lugars knowingly violated residency requirements in voting previously in their Wayne Township precinct. “I do not relish the task before us,” White said, and she called the decision difficult. But she came down on the side of believing Lugar and his wife, Charlene, had an invalid residence for voting purposes. [link]
The Lugars claim that they're entitled to an exemption from the residency rule because the senator has been away on business. In Washington. For thirty-four years.

Richard Lugar is no more a Hoosier than I am. In thought, word, and/or deed.

His absentee representation is finally catching up with him.