The father of Michigan Congresswoman and virulent anti-Semite Rashida Tlaib is once again charging that his daughter lied to get elected to the State’s House of Representatives in 2010.
The accusation has resurfaced from an article published in the Detroit News in March of 2010 where Tlaib’s own father said she “lied big time” to get elected by falsifying her address on her election affidavit.
At the time, Tlaib’s father, Harbi Elabed, accused his daughter of lying about where she lived so she could run in the 12th House District for state government, before she ran for Congress.
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The Detroit News reported:
He said his daughter misrepresented her residency when she signed an election affidavit in 2008 with the Wayne County Clerk claiming she was a citizen of Detroit.
According to that affidavit, Tlaib claimed she lived at 9123 Rathbone in Detroit. That house is owned in part by her father, Harbi Elabed, and he now says she did not live there and he was only recently made aware that she had claimed so.
“She lied,” the congresswoman’s father then said. “She lied big-time to get elected. I never teach her that way. I teach her the right way. It’s my house. She didn’t live there. She lived in Dearborn in her house with her husband and boy.”
The paper continued:
Dearborn is not a part of the 12th House District that Tlaib was elected to represent.
Residency issues are very difficult to prove. To become a candidate, you must be a “registered and qualified elector” of that district, according to state law. That means you must have your primary residence — the address on your driver’s license and where you’re registered to vote — in that district.
There is no law however, according to state election officials, saying that a person must spend any particular number of days, weeks or months at a certain location. Perjury is an offense punishable by up to five years in prison and a $1,000 fine.
For her part, Tlaib claimed she moved into the district in time for the election and that she didn’t lie.
She also claimed she could provide bills that proved she was getting mail in the district. But it does not appear that she ever did produce this evidence and no one in the media forced her to prove her claims.
Tlaib had had a strained relationship with her father for years.
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