Why would anyone in their right mind vote for someone who not only doesn’t live in the district, but has no plans to move into it after the election? You would have to be a complete moron to do so.
Earlier this year, Congressman Anthony Weiner, a Democrat, resigned his position as the US Representative of New York’s 9th Congressional District. The special election to replace him is next Tuesday and the eyes of the nation are watching to see if a Republican can snatch another seat away from the floundering Democratic Party.
However, Democratic candidate David Weprin does not live in the 9th District nor does he intend to move there if elected. He says that his mother lives there and he would be happy to accompany her to the polling station, even though he can’t vote since he isn’t a resident.
Republican candidate Bob Turner does live in the district, but is taking some heart for living in the exclusive private community of Breezy Point which is nearly 99% white. White community or not, at least he lives in the district.
It reminds me of when Hillary Clinton decided to run for the US Senate from New York and then moved to the area. I couldn’t believe that New Yorkers were that stupid to vote for someone that has never lived in their area and has no clue what their concerns are.
I firmly believe it should be federal law for all US Representatives and Senators to have lived in their districts for a minimum of five to ten years to qualify them to be knowledgeable enough to represent the people. Every state should have a similar law on their books requiring not only a permanent resident address, but a term of residency that has to be met before someone is eligible to run for state office.