Tuesday, April 27, 2010

R. Michael Young Wants to Serve District 4 from District 7

Unbelievably, there's no residency requirement to serve as a Congressperson in one of Indiana's nine Congressional Districts. Thus, I guess it should not be a shock that someone like Indiana State Senator R. Michael Young (R-District 35) has decided to run for Congress in the 4th Congressional District, but he doesn't live there.

That's right. Young told the Indianapolis Star that he had lived in the 4th District for 58 years in their Voter Guide. Apparently, he's trying to pull the wool over the voters' eyes. He's not being completely truthful. He apparently doesn't live in the 4th District now. The very address he gives the Star in the Voter's Guide is in the 7th Congressional District and not the 4th.

Here it is from the Star information:
Biographical Information
address: 3102 Columbine Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46224
Length of residency in this district: 58 years.

If you don't believe me, go to the Election Board website, type the address into the Voter Information Portal, and this pops up.

Voting District Information

Precinct: 29-008
Ward: 29
Township: WAYNE
Congressional District: 7th Congressional District
County: Marion County
State: State of Indiana
Country: United States

Wonder why he's trying out the 4th and not the 7th? Young had a shot to win the 7th District nod for the Republicans, but he would have been defeated easily in the General Election by Andre Carson. Thus, he's going for Steve Buyer's old seat in the 4th. He is one of 13 Republicans (15 if you count the two former Republicans running now as Democrats) trying to replace Buyer. Being at the bottom of the ballot, Young likely won't prevail in the 4th District, either.

I, frankly, wonder why Young has decided to give this one a go in the 4th. It doesn't make much sense to me. Then again, of all the wacky ideas in the Indiana Senate, Mike Young is the one legislator that introduced legislation to DO AWAY WITH OVERTIME! What a guy!


Paul K. Ogden said...

FYI, some states have tried to adopt congressional residency requriements. The courts have struck them down as being unconstitutionial. The holding is that the qualifications for Congress are set forth in the U.S. Constitution and if you want to add another qualification - residency - you have to do it through an amendment to the Constitution.

Jon E. Easter said...

Thanks for the clarification Paul. Even I can get tripped up at times. It still doesn't change my opinion on the issue. If you are going to be the 4th District Congressional rep, you should live in the 4th District.

Paul K. Ogden said...

I remember someone from Indy ran in the Gary congressional district or maybe it was the other way around.. Realistically if you don't live anywhere near the district that could be a campaign issues. I assume Young at least lives very close.