Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Lugar Campaign Says He Sort Of Has A Place In Indiana

Apparently Sen. Richard Lugar's campaign was not pleased with the Daily Caller's story yesterday entitled, " Richard Lugar doesn't live here anymore." A spokesman for the campaign wanted to make clear that Lugar owns "a very large farm" with several other family members. The DC's Will Rhan explains:

Indiana Republican Sen. Richard Lugar’s family owns a large farm the Hoosier State, spokesman David Willkie told The Daily Caller.

When asked whether the farm was in Lugar’s name, Willkie said that it’s “within the family” and that “multiple owners” are listed on the deed.
The statement came after TheDC published a story concerning Lugar’s residency situation in Indiana, where he has not lived since selling his home in 1977. When initially asked by TheDC whether Lugar owns any property in Indiana, a spokesman for the senator had said he did not.

“He does not have a house in Indiana but that is immaterial to this,” the spokesman said then.
According to Wilkie, Lugar is “an owner” of the “604-acre family corn, soybean, and tree farm in Marion County, Indiana.” Moreover, Willkie said, the 79-year-old Lugar “actively manages” and pays property taxes on the farm.
“Lugar’s time spent managing his farm keeps him grounded in the work that he does for the Senate Agricultural Committee and for the people in Indiana,” Willkie said. “People that tell you differently, never grew up on a farm in Indiana.”

Willkie also said, however, that Lugar does not stay at the farm when he is in Indiana.

“There’s no house at the farm that you would stay in, so far as a physical residence,” Willkie said. “There’s a multitude of places where he stays.”
I'm glad Willkie cleared that matter up. It makes a big difference. Not. Willkie obviously doesn't know much about farming. Six hundred four acres isn't a "very large farm" by today's standards.

1 comment:

Unigov said...

Richard Lugar does not own property in Marion County, according to the property tax records on the County Treasurer's website. There is an entity called "Lugar Stock Farm Inc" - which may be part/all owned by the Senator - owns several parcels in Decatur Township.

This isn't the same as living in or having a domicile in the state. Lugar's been breaking the law for decades. Willkie is a paid twit.