Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Rules? They're for the little people, not Democratic big-wigs

Rep. Robert Wexler, author of "Fire-Breathing Liberal", has a tiny bit of a residency problem according to the Wall Street Journal's John Fund. The Palm Beach Post provides the backdrop.

An opponent of U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Delray Beach, has accused the six-term congressman of playing a residency shell game, saying Wexler pretends to keep an address in Florida while flagrantly making his home in Maryland. ...Edward Lynch [is] a Republican running for Wexler's congressional seat.

"The house he lists on his voter registration is his in-laws' house in a gated 55-and-older community," Lynch said this afternoon. "Legally, he can't move back with children under 18."

Lynch said Wexler's three children attend Charles W. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Md... Lynch, meanwhile, said he intends to file legal papers about the issue in the coming weeks.

[Since his children can't even legally live there] "...it is not truly his home, and it can't be his home, and he's using that address as his address to vote from," Lynch said... Lynch faces Wexler and no-party candidate Ben Graber in the Nov. 4 election for Florida's 19th Congressional District.

Presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama recommends Wexler's book. Given Obama's track record, that doesn't come as much of a surprise.

Update: Atlas has much, much more on Wexler: "Another example of Democrat hubris - I am above the law... Clearly it's a phantom residence, he ain't sleeping on [the] couch with his three children."

Hat tip: Larwyn

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