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demo dutch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:05 AM
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Robert Wexler's (Rep FL) Delray residency disputed by opponent
Source: Palm Beach Post

It's unlikely U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler curls up on his mother-in-law's sofa, pundits on the Fox News program The O'Reilly Factor said Tuesday night.

Wexler's challenger has accused the six-term congressman of playing a residency shell game, saying Wexler, D-Delray Beach, uses his mother-in-law's address in Delray Beach while flagrantly making his home in a Maryland suburb


Read more: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/politics/content/local_new...



Yes technically not illegal, but WTF can any politician do the right thing anymore!!!
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brindis_desala Donating Member (866 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:32 AM
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1. There is a reason why Congress is bought and paid for.
You try maintaining two homes on what we pay them. If we want more progressive candidataes we need to increase their housing allowances.
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atreides1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:14 AM
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3. I have a plan
The states purchase housing for the members of their congressional delegation. The property would belong to the state and not to the member of congress. The properties purchased would belong to the states, who would maintain taxes and provide upkeep and maintenance.

Those members who do not have their families living with them would have to share a property with others from their state.

Those with families would be able to live with their families in either a townhouse or single family home.

If a member of congress chooses not to use the housing provided they would get a housing allowance, just like military personnel do,
based on their time in congress.

Those members of congress who live within 8 hours travel time by car, of Washington would live in their own homes, that way they could remain in contact with their constituents.

Daily cleaning would be the responsibility of the tenants as would the purchase of food and other requirements.


Can anyone think of anything else, other then giving them more money?


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Hugin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:04 AM
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7. Pretty good plan...
Could work.

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WriteDown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:05 AM
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8. Good plan!
That's why it'll never happen though :). Very sensible.
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demo dutch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:51 AM
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11. Nonsense, other reps do it, some even room together. But it pisses me
off, that he advocates school choice, while he maintains a house in MD and sent his kids to private school up there. He has no idea what it's like to deal with the crumbling social systems/school systems in FL, has no idea what it's like to pay the outrageous property taxes and windstorm insurance etc, because he doesn't live in FL! Sorry but an ass!
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:11 AM
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2. When he returns to Florida where does he stay?
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FL Grandma Donating Member (2 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:13 AM
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4. It Doesn't Matter
My daughter and son-in-law are in the Army. Even when they owned a house in Tennessee they maintained my address as their "legal residence." Their car registrations and drivers licenses are in Florida. Also consider our "snowbirds" who maintain a house up north and one in Florida. Both are legal residences.
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demo dutch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:56 AM
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13. Fine, but they do not represent the "people". He is supposed to and has no idea what
Edited on Wed Jul-23-08 12:06 PM by demo dutch
it's like to pay outrageous windstorm insurance, property taxes and deal with crumbling social system and bad schools. No wonder he advocates school choice, kids are nicely tucked away into some private school in MD!
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:23 PM
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21. There are some states where the Representative does not have to live in the district.
They must at least live in the state.

That is where the voters must decide whether they want to elect that person or not.
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demo dutch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:53 AM
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12. He stays at his mother-in law so he has no idea what it's like to pay
the outrageous windstorm insurance, property taxes etc. Sends his kids to private school in MD, and lives in a big house upthere, meanwhile he advocated school choice. Has no idea what its like to deal with the crumbling social system and school system in FL. It pissed me off!
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snooper2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:52 AM
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5. If this was a Republican people would be all over his ass
And this thread would have 70 posts by now...


just sayin :)
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demo dutch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:57 AM
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14. You are absolutely right!!!! We're quick to criticize the other party while
Edited on Wed Jul-23-08 12:08 PM by demo dutch
all along Dem politicians are just as sleazy as the repugs. I'm just sick of it!
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:51 PM
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22. There are plenty of repukes who do this
Santorectum, infamously, and currently NJ rep Chris Smith.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Smith_%28U.S._politi...

Smith has an apartment in Hamilton Township, near Trenton, as his official residence. However, in 1983--shortly after winning a second term--he bought a home in Herndon, Virginia and has spent most of the year there since then. However, his car is registered in Hamilton Township, and he votes and pays taxes in New Jersey as well. Politicker estimated that since 2001, Smith has spent 395 days and 184 nights in his district.

There must be others. After all, they're repukes.
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WriteDown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:02 AM
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6. I hate people who do this....
I have acquaintances who have much cheaper car insurance than me because they list a relative's property in another state as their primary residence. They just go there once a year to renew their tags.
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demo dutch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:58 AM
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15. That's bad enough, but he's supposed to represent the "people" of the 19th district in FL
Edited on Wed Jul-23-08 12:09 PM by demo dutch
How can you really do that if you don't even maintain a residence here. You have no clue what it's like
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 12:50 PM
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17. He certainly has a clue what it's like. Your antipathy to such a strong Democrat is perplexing
especially since this is a hitjob done by Republicans and since Wexler is not just a strong advocate for Obama, he's also come out FOR IMPEACHMENT.
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demo dutch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:15 PM
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19. I think that's great, however that's doesn't make what he's doing right
by any means! I'm supossed to forgive him just because he's a democrat? sorry that's bullshit! There are plenty of dems (or republicans as well) who do play the rules, and that's the point!
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mikelgb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:10 AM
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9. Congress should construct a dormatory
and pay for commutes (and only commutes) of all members
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:37 AM
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10. somebody post Wexler's personal financial worth, then get back to me. Maintaining
two homes is pretty freaking expensive.
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demo dutch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 12:03 PM
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16. Oh yeah? some reps manage they even room together in DC!
Edited on Wed Jul-23-08 12:47 PM by demo dutch
Sorry, he can't properly represent the 19th district of FL, if he doesn't know what it's like to pay outrageous windstorm insurance, property taxes, and deal with crumbling schools and social systems. He lives in a huge house in MD and sends kids to private school up there meanwhile advocates school choice! What a joke! Just another sleazy politician & not any better than the sleazy repugs as far as I'm concerned. I'm furious and it's time for a change!

P.S. He just wrote a book it rose to the top of the Amazon best seller list. I say he does quite well! What an ass!
http://www.democrats.com/book-chat-with-robert-wexler

http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/broward/b...
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JBoris Donating Member (675 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:23 PM
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23. You are calling Robert Wexler an "ass"???!!! I live in the 19th, he represents me! You are ...
falling for non-issue BS repub talking points, and doing so with way too much vigor.

Robert Wexler has done the 19th PROUD for 10 years!!!
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demo dutch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:33 PM
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24. I am calling him an ass and he represents me too, it 's just not right
Edited on Wed Jul-23-08 07:37 PM by demo dutch
Apparently the 19th district isn't good enough for Robert Wexler to maintain a proper residence like any other politician who does play by the rules.I'm not going to forgive him just because he is a Dem, that's bullshit! If he dupes the voter this way he just another sleazy politician (Democratic or Republican)
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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 12:55 PM
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18. Elizabeth Dole hasn't lived in North Carolina for over 40 years
She claimed her mother's house as her residence for a while, then bought the house while her mother still lived there. Now her mother's dead, so I guess that's her house, though it's probably vacant.
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demo dutch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:17 PM
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20. That's not right either! It's everything that wrong in Washington &
Edited on Wed Jul-23-08 01:18 PM by demo dutch
I'm not going to forgive him just because he happens to be a Dem! I just think it's wrong! There are plenty of dems (and republicans) that play by the rules!
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JBoris Donating Member (675 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:58 PM
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25. HaHa Kieth Olbermann just put the smackdown on your Bill O Reilly talking points! Next time you...
want to discredit someone, try not to link to a "story" that is little more than a transcript from Bill-O the Clown's show!! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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