This is how “representative” our governments now are: apparently you no longer have to actually, you know, LIVE in the district you’re running to represent:
Democrat Jon Ossoff dismissed concerns Tuesday over the fact that he doesn’t live in the Georgia congressional district in which he’s running for a House seat.
“I grew up in this district; I grew up in this community — it’s my home. My family is still there,” Ossoff said during an interview on CNN’s “New Day.”
If having family in a district is enough to be a candidate, most people would have plenty of options to run. That’s not how it works, though. And no, I don’t care that he’s “10 minutes up the road,” and just living there to “support his girlfriend in medical school.”
At least Hillary Clinton had the decency to move to New York and pretend to become a New Yorker before running for the Senate. (I’m pretty sure she’d have never achieved that in Arkansas.)
Either a rule is enforced, or it’s not a rule. This is yet another example of how we are no longer a nation of laws. And that’s not going to end well for anybody, no matter what short-term advantages someone thinks they see.
On a related note, it’s nice to see people reminding Congress they have to live with the laws they pass. And on this particular issue, it’s about time the rules were applied. Vigorously.