McIntosh, like Lugar, is actually registered to vote in Indiana from a place of residence and voted there in 2008 and 2010. Lugar, of course, had been using the address where he resided 35 years ago for voter registration purposes. Now he is using his family farm on Mann Road in Decatur Township to solve the issue.
Let's be honest here. While facing residency questions, it's hard to really make it stick that Dick Lugar isn't a Hoosier and doesn't understand the state he's been serving with distinction for all this time. He's guilty of being slow footed and not necessarily 100 percent in touch with the political scene in missing this mess.
McIntosh, on the other hand, has largely been missing from Indiana politics since his 2000 run for the Governor's Office where he lost in a landslide to Frank O'Bannon. Word comes that McIntosh has actually for much of the past few years been living in Virginia instead where his children are in school and he holds a drivers license and not in Anderson, where he has voted from.
If McIntosh, who is picking up many endorsements from conservative groups like the Club for Growth and influential conservatives like Grover Nordquist, wins the Primary and heads to the General Election like this, it is certainly something a Democrat could use against him. That said, it is a very tough Democratic district to win. While what will soon be Dan Burton's former district includes more of the Northside of Indianapolis, it also includes many other heavily Republican areas not likely to swing the way of Scott Reske, the front-runner to win the Democratic seat.
The 5th is interesting enough. Dr. John McGoff claims to be polling in a dead heat with McIntosh. Former U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks is running hard, and Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold has hired Blair Englehart to do his advertising. It's a seat these people (and others running) want, and, even though McIntosh has the experience of being in Congress before and is a well-known name, it may not mean much if this residency issue sticks.
McIntosh won't get away from this one as easy as Lugar might. That's why it makes the 5th a race to watch in May and, if he wins, thereafter.