Dem Donnelly campaigns on Lugar residency issue

Associated Press
February 21, 2012
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Democrat Joe Donnelly is picking up a popular line of attack against Sen. Richard Lugar as he looks to win the veteran politician's seat in November.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports Donnelly opened a campaign tour of Indiana in Evansville on Monday with allegations that Lugar is out of touch with Hoosiers.

Lugar, meanwhile, told reporters in Indianapolis he has no plans to buy a home in Indiana or construct one on his Marion County farm before the election. A pair of Indiana attorney generals have maintained that Lugar can legally vote from an Indianapolis home he sold in 1977. He lives in McLean, Va.

The Indiana Election Commission is scheduled to hear challenges Friday to Lugar's appearance on the ballot.


  • Lugar for Senate
    Dick Lugar will get my support. If those interested want to research the facts, go back to 1976 state legal documents and review the State Attorney General's opinion in this matter. Do not be tricked into the trap of "bait and switch" political gamesmanship.
  • problem solved
    Charlie White said he would use his address:)
  • good point
    WHy not have two homes? This has become a problem because the citizens of the state of Indiana feel that Lugar has distanced himself from us for too long. My goodness a lot has changed in the 30yrs that he hasnt lived in Indiana.
  • Full-time job in Washington?
    How long is Congress in session in an average year? Why shouldn't a Senator live in the state they represent when Congress isn't in session? Don't they receive a housing allowance for when they are required to be in D.C.? If so, there's no reason they should have a permanent residence there, but not in their home state.
  • Diana Vice
    Blog in Diana Vice, when it comes up hit the Welcome to my tea party, don't know if all she says is true but interesting reading, incidentally she is a Republican, so once again don't prejudge Donnelly.
  • Whole point
    First of all, Donnelly did not bring this up, the Republican party members are the ones that questioned this and filed the papers(Tea Party, I believe) secondly. He has no residence in Indiana and has not since approximately 1977. If he lives in Virginia(primary residence then run in Virginia. I always thought he was a decent person to represent us, but follow the rules, incidentally were not the two Attorney Generals that approved this also Republican.
  • Petty
    This is a petty argument. I can't imagine that if Donnelly wins and serves Indiana for as many years as Lugar has that he too would want to maintain a second residence where he would not spend any time. Lugar serves in Washington, he is certainly allowed to live there. If you Donnelly wants to challenge Lugar, then he should challenge him on the basis of bringing new, fresh perspective, ideas, etc to the Senate. This petty challenge by Donnelly has already secure my vote for Lugar.

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