Residency Questions Dog Messer

Other Indiana politicians have lost over the issue.

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Kimberly Railey
Nov. 17, 2017, 10:36 a.m.

“A campaign stop for Rep. Luke Messer (R-06) in his bid for Senate involves traveling from his family’s home in suburban Washington back to Indiana, where he typically stays overnight with his mom. … Towering figures in Indiana politics, including former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh and Republican Sen. Richard Lugar, were toppled in recent years after struggling to explain whether they still lived in the state.”

“[C]hanges made to the mortgage on the family’s Virginia home in August 2016 suggest he’s aware it’s a liability. Messer and wife, Jennifer, switched the home’s designation from a ‘principal’ residence to a ‘second home,’ records show. His campaign says the change was made on their bank’s recommendation while refinancing the house. But the switch also coincides with a rough patch in Bayh’s bid for his old Senate seat, when he faced widespread ridicule for forgetting his Indianapolis address during a TV interview. … [A]s recent as May, he was not on the water bill and is not listed as the ‘borrower’ on a second mortgage taken out on the home, records show.” (AP)


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