Waltz' assertion that he has never been questioned about his residency is simply untrue. As the Star's own Andy Gamill reported on May 9, 2004, his 2004 opponent, Sen. Larry Borst, raised the issue. Gammill wrote then:
Waltz said the condo has been his official residence since 2003 and is the address listed on his driver's license, gun permit, passport and tax filings.
"I have never been questioned at all during this time," he said. "The threshold for the law is very, very low. It's not where you spend most of your time, because if it was, I'd probably be living in my car."
Waltz said he occasionally spends the night at the Downtown Columbia Club after a late legislative session, and that he stayed at his parents' home on Hunters Ridge Lane southwest of Greenwood -- which is outside his district -- on five occasions when they were in Florida.
"I don't spend a lot of time at home," Waltz said. "When I am home, I spend most of my time asleep. The matter is before the Election Commission, and I will be able to demonstrate conclusively that my home is my home."
Waltz declined to show his condominium publicly. "If it gets to that point, I'll be supplying photographic evidence of my condo," he said.
Waltz decided to run 18 months ago, moving from his parents' home just outside the 36th Senate District into downtown Greenwood, solidly within the district. He then started the process to purchase a condominium.
Although Borst and his supporters have questioned the legitimacy of his residency, Waltz said he planned carefully to ensure he was playing strictly within the rules.
An Advance Indiana reader posted this quote from the Star archives yesterday. Either the Star makes it as difficult for its own reporters to get at the newspaper's archives, or its reporters simply don't bother checking them. Either way, the Star's readers are shortchanged.