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March 16, 2012

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Mark M

From the Arizona bill: "AND THAT FOR THE RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT PROVIDED IN SUBSECTION A, THE CANDIDATE IS A QUALIFIED RESIDENT OF THE APPROPRIATE COUNTY, CITY, TOWN, DISTRICT, WARD OR PRECINCT AT THE TIME OF FILING."

The Tea Partiers, self-proclaimed Constitution worshipers, are violating the Constitution again. Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution requires Congressional representatives to be residents of the state they will represent AT THE TIME OF ELECTION. Not (as the Arizona bill would require) at the time of filing. So if this were to pass, the courts could and probably would strike it down in short order.

Minnesota has had a perennial Congressional candidate in the form of Jack Shepard, a fugitive from justice and resident of Rome, Italy. He regularly files to run for Congress representing Minnesota. A previous Secretary of State for Minnesota tried to have him thrown off the ballot because he wasn't a resident at the time of filing, and the court, pointing to the Constitution, upheld his right to be on the ballot. If the Tea Partiers had any legal scholars in their midst, they wouldn't write such frightfully inept - and unconstitutional - legislation.

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