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Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Richard Lugar Files Yet Another Statement of Candidacy Falsely Claiming To Reside At 3200 Highwoods Court
Sen. Richard Lugar filed his declaration of candidacy for the Republican primary today seeking re-election to an unprecedented seventh term in office. As he has done in each of his last five re-election bids, Lugar certified that he resides at 3200 Highwoods Court in Indianapolis. As I've previously documented with the warranty deed executed on July 6, 1977, Lugar and his wife Charlene sold their home at 3200 Highwoods Court 35 years ago. The two subsequent owners of the home have both stated that the Lugars have not occupied the home as long as they've owned the property. Yes, the U.S. Constitution requires all senators to be inhabitants of their states when they stand for election before the state's voters, but Lugar claims a loophole in state law creates a legal fiction that allows him to continue to make statements under penalties of perjury that he resides at this address within the state and continue casting votes in dozens of elections using that address for the past 35 years because that's where he lived when he was first elected to the office in 1976. He admits he has no home in Indiana, only the home he and his wife have lived in for the past 35 years in suburban Virginia. Charlie White used his ex-wife's home for a several month period as his voting address and was convicted just this past week of six felony charges and forced to forfeit his office. As White proclaimed following his conviction, Indiana is a state of men, not of laws. The laws are interpreted to mean one thing for you and me and something quite different for the privileged elite like Sen. Lugar. Isn't that why we fought the American Revolution to gain our freedom from the British monarchy and adopted a constitution that guaranteed equal treatment under the law to all? To be represented by someone who doesn't even live among the people of the state he claims to represent?