Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Florida Democratic Gov. Candidate Distancing Self From, Um, Texas Republican Congressman

The St. Petersburg Times reports that Forida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis is using embattled Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay in his stump speeches across the state.

"I'm fighting to keep Tom Delay from imposing his family values on you and your family," Davis said.

Could it be that, as the alleged ethics violations pile up, candidates will use DeLay as representative of what they are not, even if they're not running for the same office?


  • Something for an enterprising Texan to do: file a nonresidency complaint about Karl Rove. From the Washington Post:

    Anyway, Rove is now registered to vote in Kerr County, about 80 miles west of Austin in the Texas Hill Country. He and his wife, Darby, have owned property there, on the Guadalupe River, since at least 1997, according to county property records.

    But as far as the locals know, the couple have never actually lived in either of two tiny rental cottages Rove claims as his residence on Texas voter registration rolls. The largest is 814 square feet and valued by the county at about $25,000.

    "I've been here 10 years and I've never seen him. There are only, like, three grocery stores in town. You'd think you'd at least see him at the HEB" grocery, said Greg Shrader, editor and publisher of the Kerrville Daily Times.

    Charles Ratliff, secretary of the Kerr County Democratic Party, said he's never even heard rumors of Rove's presence. "I have no memory of anybody saying to me, 'Hey, Karl Rove is in town, and he's speaking at the courthouse.' Or, 'Karl Rove is in town and I saw him at the grocery store.'

    "Now, you do hear people say that all the time about Kinky Friedman," Ratliff said, referring to the novelist and lead singer for the Texas Jewboys. "If somebody famous like Rove lived near Kerrville, I think I would hear about it all the time."

    Down in Texas, when you register to vote in a place where you don't actually live, the county prosecutor can come after you for voter fraud, said Elizabeth Reyes, an attorney with the elections division of the Texas Secretary of State. Rove's rental cottage "doesn't sound like a residence to me, because it's not a fixed place of habitation," she said. "If it's just property that they own, ownership doesn't make that a residence."

    Still, under state law, the definition of a Texan is really pretty loose, Reyes said, even for voting purposes. So someone would have to file a complaint.

    In the end, she said, "Questions of residency are ultimately for the court to decide."

    By Blogger Brad Johnson, at 10:08 AM  

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