UPDATE: The Johnson County Daily Journal report below on the hearing leads me to believe Waltz in fact does not live in his district. Like I said, the residency requirement has become a big joke. Rep. Win Moses has lived on Indianapolis' northside for years while representing a Fort Wayne district. Note that the mention of "the vacant sticker on his mailbox."
Vigh questioned Waltz about how often he sleeps at the condo, how often he has friends over, his low utility bills, the vacant sticker on his mailbox and why he does not have a TV inside his home.
And commission chairman Thomas Wheeler wanted to know why mail sent to his condo was returned by the post office with a note that they could not locate the receiver.
Waltz had a response for each:
- He slept at the condo about half the nights in the past month, but he doesn't keep track of that. "For the record, I do sleep there, but I've never counted the exact number of nights I've slept there," he said.
- A friend came over within the past week to take photos of the inside of his condo that he showed at the hearing.
- A recent utility bill was between $40 and $50.
- He mostly sleeps at the condo and arrives home late in the evening or early in the morning, so he doesn't watch TV at home. "When you get home at 1 or 2 o'clock in the morning, there's not a lot of good programs," he said.
- The postal service put the sticker on the mailbox because he uses a post office box for his mail, which is likely why mailings to the condo were returned, he said.
- In the end, the commission, made up of two Democrats and two Republicans, voted 4-0 to deny the challenge.