From Paul Waldman of The American Prospect:
The Stupidity of Hating Your Senator for Living Where You've Sent Her to Work
An Eastern elitist telling the yokels they are stupid for worrying their representative has morphed into an Eastern elitist? What could go wrong? And why the delay in calling them sexist, too?
The actual legal situation is murky:
Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, in a tough re-election bid, is facing mounting legal challenges to her residency status, including a lawsuit filed this weekend by a former Republican challenger.
The suit filed by GOP state Rep. Paul Hollis, who exited the Senate race in July, contends that Landrieu, a Democrat, cannot represent Louisiana because she lives full-time in Washington.
He argues that federal law says only "an inhabitant" of a state can be elected to the U.S. Senate to represent the state.
"Mary L. Landrieu is, in reality, a full-time permanent inhabitant of the District of Columbia. ... (B)y all measurable and legal standards, her actual domicile is her $2.5 million residence on Capitol Hill, the only home she owns," Hollis said in the lawsuit filed Friday in state district court in Baton Rouge.
Landrieu is registered to vote in Louisiana, using the New Orleans address where her parents live. The house is owned by a trust in which the senator, her eight siblings and their parents share equally.
"I have lived at my home on Prieur Street most of my life and I live there now, when not fulfilling my duties in Washington or serving constituents across the state," Landrieu has told Fox News and The Associated Press.
That should be good enough for a Democratic judge. I suppose a thorough review of the current living situation of the eight co-owning siblings might shed further light on whether the Senator's ownership is "real" or simply part of an unpatriotic tax-dodging estate plan. In the past the Senator has favored reducing but not eliminating the estate tax so there may be cross-currents here for the stupid haters in Louisiana to sort out.