Monday, March 14, 2005

Does Rick Santorum run a boarding house?

Well, man, you would think he does, considering that the home he "lives" in, outside of Pittsburgh, is supposedly inhabited not only by Santorum, his wife, their six kids, but also by two people who are.... renting it from him. Why is this relevant? Because, in fact, Senator Santorum does not actually live there. He and his family are residents of Virginia. Why does that matter? Well, here are a few reasons, from the Chuck Pennacchio campaign blog:

1.) Penn Hills (PA) school district paying $38,000 a year for his children's cyber schooling.

2.) His wife won a $350,000 civil suit against a chiropractor. The claim was filed and the judgment was awarded in Virginia. (Umm, yeah, Santorum is trying to limit these types of judgments to $250,000 -- she filed for $500,000 and Rick Santorum testified on her behalf)

3.) The Pittsburgh Post Gazette wants to know if Senator Santorum (R-VA/PA) is behind the recent push-polling done against members of the Penn Hills School District.

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And we are supposed to believe that his family lives here instead of their $757,000 home in Leesburg, Virginia? Come now.

But here is the ironic twist in the story:

In his initial House race against Rep. Doug Walgren in 1990, challenger Santorum attacked the incumbent from Mt. Lebanon for buying a house and raising his children in McLean, Va. Now Rick Santorum of Leesburg, Va., is saying that he is and he isn't a resident of Pennsylvania.

Rick Santorum needs to convince the voters of Pennsylvania that he lives among them and not just an out-of-towner who used to live here when he was first elected.
Read the rest of the post, it is great. And, after seeing something like this, as well as the "hey hey, ho ho, social security's got to go" they captured Republicans chanting that was disseminated everywhere, anyone who says Chuck Pennacchio should not be running is simply not paying attention.

3 Comments:

At 11:57 PM, Blogger Church Street said...

Saw your post on Kos and replied. You might be interested in pix of Friday demonstration outside Santorum's Philly office. Any familiar faces?

As for judgement -- Add the "e" for "enlightened."

 
At 9:08 AM, Blogger Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg said...

I'm not sure about this one. I hate to give the other side a way to neutralize this, but I'm sure they'll do it anyway. Don't you think that Santorum could say something like "I'm not a rich man (hell I'm hardly a man at all), I can't afford to keep an empty house while I work for Pennsyvanians in DC."

I'm not saying we shouldn't try and use this, but I don't see it as a really strong message to do battle with, espescially with a scumbag like Man-on-dog who's got his hand in so many unethical cookie jars.

 
At 10:06 AM, Blogger DanielUA said...

I strongly disagree-

The issue is not whether a Congressman should take his family to DC with him, because frankly I agree that it simply makes sense. The problem is when you, as a candidate, rake your incumbent opponent over the coals for doing the same thing, as Santorum did when he ran for Congress. It is all about hypocrisy.

Plus, of course, it brings back up the issue that he forced the Penn Hills school district to shell out tens of thousands of dollars to educate his kids, who were not even residents of the State.

And, considering his house in VA is worth like $800,000, and that he makes like $200,000 grand a year, I welcome him claiming poverty.

 

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