Friday, March 14, 2008

Return To Sender

I was bored this evening so I watched "Indiana Week In Review." Democrat Ann DeLaney offered an interesting twist in the Sen. Brent Waltz residency saga. Of course, the Indiana Election Commission ruled unanimously in favor of Waltz this week in a challenge to his residency made by his Republican primary opponent Mike Beeles. According to DeLaney, an official notice mailed to Waltz by the Commission concerning his placement on the May primary ballot was returned as undeliverable. Maybe the Commission should reconsider its decision. Or perhaps Beeles should make a copy of the returned envelope stamped as undeliverable and mail it to the voters in Waltz' district.

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.


Anonymous said...

What kills me is that everyone at the Statehouse and a lot of people in Waltz's district know he doesn't live there. Both parties are afraid of pressing this issue because it would open a Pandora's box, as many legislators don't actually live in their districts. Waltz once again lucks out, only because those in charge are as slimy as he is.

Anonymous said...

I seem to remember this same debate regarding the inability of a certain former governor to meet a constitutional physical residency test.

In the word of the time, he evidently never "intended" to live anywhere but DC, where he grew up and went to school.

I'm sure Sen. Waltz has "intends" to make that condo his residence, at least as long as he intends to serve in the state Senate.

Anonymous said...

I don't really care a bout this issue, Gary, because it's your party, not mine...and Waltz's potential repalcement is a nutso as Waltz.

But my good Republican friends in the district tell me Waltz is gone. They're very unhappy about his alleged closeted lifestyle. Republicans like the Borsts. Who still have considerable precinct power.

Both candidates are still solidly in favor of SJR7 and simialr hateful legislation, though.

Anonymous said...

More power to you! Ann's voice is like nails on a blackboard and she is EXTREMELY RUDE, constantly talking over everyone else never giving them the chance to talk. I'm done watching that.

Anonymous said...

You would be betting on the competency of duh guvernment to deliver mail. Better get odds.

Anonymous said...

Ann Delaney? Barf!

Anonymous said...

Don'r forget, there is a tremendously qualified Democrat in the race! I know people keep saying that if they vote out Waltz then they are still screwed because Beeles is a nutcase, but remember, YOU CAN VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRAT!

This district might prosper a little if they took off their party loyalty blinders.

Anonymous said...

I just assumed this was a joke, and don't believe it is true (although I wish it were). Perhaps someone with more time than me could make a public records request.

Anonymous said...

No, this really is true, it's not a joke. The REPUBLICAN Chairman of the Election Commission brought it up during the hearing on Wednesday, UPS really did mark it as undeliverable because the person had moved.

Crossed said...

One possiblilty for the vacant sticker: Homeland Security rules prohibit any delivery to a vacant house. Would be interesting if other mail is being returned as well.