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Dude, where's your home?

That would be a good question for Democratic Florida Congressman Robert Wexler. It was a segment on the O'Reilly factor last night.

Bob Norman at the Daily Pulp describes the scene where A Fox reporter speaks to Wexler in the driveway of his Maryland home.

A Fox News producer named Griff Jenkins caught up with Wexler in the front yard of his home in Potomac. When Jenkins walked up on his driveway, Wexler -- looking 100 percent the goofy suburban dad in a green hat, green t-shirt, and shorts -- didn't even wait for a question.

"No, I'm not doing this," Wexler said. "If you want to call my office, that's fine, I gotta drive my daughter to work."

Jenkins, like any good reporter, kept charging, asking Wexler by the congressman's silver Volvo SUV if his residency was in Delray.

"That's correct, that's my residence," he said.

Jenkins noted that it belonged to Wexler's in-laws.

"Is that true? You live with your mother-in-law?" Jenkins asked with a straight face.

That's when the fire-breathing liberal got what football coach Bill Curry likes to call the "brook trout stare." His eyes went blank and you could practically hear his brain leaking out of his head.

"Uh, the, mm ..."

The stammering only lasted a second or two, but it seemed like an hour in at the DMV.

"My in-laws own that house, that's correct," he finally said.

"So you live with your mother-in-law?"

"My in-laws own that house, yes, that's my official residence."



To summarize, Wexler's Republican opponent in November is accusing Wexler of not living in the Florida Congressional district he is elected to represent. His residence is actually the home of his in-laws, who live in a senior community which doesn't allow children. Wexler has three children, at least two of whom I have read attend a school in Maryland.

Bob at the Daily Pulp, hardly a conservative, sums up the Wexler situation very nicely.

You might think this seems a small matter and you might not like the vigor that O'Reilly goes after Wexler (fresh liberal meat, you know). But it's about more than partisan politics or even the fact that Wexler hasn't lived in his district for ten years and lists a sham residence in official papers. Put bluntly, this is a sleazy and unethical move by Wexler. For one, he gets a housing deduction from Congress to help him maintain two residences. Unless, he's paying Mrs. Cohen rent when he sleeps on the pull-out, he's just pocketing that little federal benefit.

Another thing is that he might be using the sham Delray house for tax purposes -- as in, to not pay them. Florida doesn't have a state income tax, Maryland does. That means his little deceit might be bringing him more than a little coin. It's not proven, but his cars are, weirdly, registered in Florida and it deserves to be looked into.

Basically, this could be tantamount to fraud and it could actually have some legs, though I seriously doubt we'll see any criminal charges and I'm quite certain his loyal voters will quickly forgive him. He's good ol' Bobby Wexler, after all.

I doubt this story will cause more than a slight stir politically for Wexler. The Florida 19th is strongly Democratic, and Wexler has never had any serious opposition with the exception of the 1996 Democratic primary.(Which basically determined who would win the seat, after former Congressman Harry Johnston's retirement.)

As for the fraud, there may be a case there. Though unless a federal prosecutor gets involved, nothing will happen. Barry Krischer is the State Attorney in Palm Beach County, and he has done almost nothing when it comes to local corruption. Two former County Commissioners and two former West Palm Beach Councilmen pleaded guilty to corruption charges in the last two years, but in each case the charges were brought by a federal prosecutor.

As for the local media hammering Wexler, it isn't likely to happen either. As Bob pointed out also, the Palm Beach Post is notoriously cozy with the local congress people. They knowing about Mark Foley's true sexual orientation for years, but never reporting it among other matters.

I've repeatedly stated how I don't like Wexler. For the first 17 years I was a voter, I supported two moderate Democratic Congressmen who held the seat Wexler now holds. Wexler's far left politics has always turned me off, and has resulted in me giving him three of my Knucklehead award. I think he is a hypocrite and a showman. That all said, Wexler is likely to be re-elected to Congress for many years to come unless he gets the bug to run for statewide office. He's had several chances already, so Wexler is here to stay. Unfortunately.

A big tip of the hat to Bob Norman at The Daily Pulp, who I quoted heavily for this post. Good work Bob.


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If you find the report in t... (Below threshold)
superdestroyer:

If you find the report in the Palm Beach newspapers, it points out that his three children attend Charles W. Smith Jewish Day School, a 1500 student, all white private school that costs upwards of $22K per child.

I love how liberal Democrats keep supporting Affirmative Action, Busing, and social engineering in the public schools while there own children attend elite, all white private schools.

Any congressmen who does not maintain a house in his old district is probably in a very safe district and wanting to live in DC all of the time shows where his ambitions lie.

Barry Krischer is ... (Below threshold)
stan25 Author Profile Page:
Barry Krischer is the State Attorney in Palm Beach County, and he has done almost nothing when it comes to local corruption. Two former County Commissioners and two former West Palm Beach Councilmen pleaded guilty to corruption charges in the last two years, but in each case the charges were brought by a federal prosecutor.

He doesn t go after his liberal buddies, like Wexler; he files false charges against Rush Limbaugh for a non-crime and the lapdog media runs with the story. I guess it depends on which side of the bread the butter is on.

HOW DARE CERTAIN SINISTER R... (Below threshold)
Herman:

HOW DARE CERTAIN SINISTER REPUBLICANS GO AFTER THIS FINE CONGRESSMAN, WEXLER! Is it because they realize that he is one of the few Dems (including, of course, Dennis) who are doing their utmost best to rid the world of the Bushevik Horror????

Check this out:

www.wexlerwantshearings.com

--> "Join congressman Wexler's call for Bush and Cheney impeachment hearings."

This happens at many levels... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

This happens at many levels of government and in many cities and states. We had the same issue here with a City Council member who, by every measure, didn't live in the district he ran for. Although he won the election in 2007, the seat was taken from him finally by a court decision. Not before he cast the deciding votes on a couple of very controversial issues though.

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Herman, wow! You get funnier every day.

What exactly is the law/rul... (Below threshold)
just me:

What exactly is the law/rule in Florida as far as being a resident of a district and eligible to run as congress member.

Although I am willing to bet if we started looking closely at congress members-democratic or republican, we would find many of them with all but sham addresses in their home districts with their main residency being somewhere in the beltway.

Oh, so the very proud liber... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Oh, so the very proud liberal (he has a new book out admitting just that) doesn't want to pay taxes in Maryland, but rather in Florida where there is no state income tax. But I thought taxes were good, Mr. Proud Liberal?!

Don't you love it when they're busted? Lol.




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