March 24, 2007


Breaux: I'll run for Louisiana governor if it's legal (DOUG SIMPSON, 3/24/07, Associated Press)

Breaux said he would give up his lobbying job in Washington, D.C., and begin campaigning if the state attorney general determines he meets residency requirements to run. [...]

Republicans have raised questions about whether Breaux can be a legal candidate in Louisiana. To be eligible to run for a statewide elected office, the state Constitution requires that a person be a "citizen" of the state for "at least the preceding five years."

Breaux is registered to vote in Maryland and lists his primary address there, about 70 miles from Washington, where he works for Patton Boggs LLP, a lobbying firm. Republicans say that disqualifies him from running for Louisiana governor.

An idiotic law, but it would be great for the GOP if he can't run.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 24, 2007 12:16 PM

Massachusetts Democrats tried to use the same trick on Romney five years ago.

Massachusetts' residency requirement was 7 years. How long is New Hampshire's?

Posted by: James Haney at March 24, 2007 1:34 PM

I'd say the guy intended to cut his ties. Surprised no one has yet challenged such residency laws before. But as St.Hillary! showed, it's sophisticated to support carpetbaggers.

For all these politicians who cut their ties to the home state as soon as they stop representing it, how difficult (or expensive) is it to keep a nominal "residence" available back there for just this contingency?

This "can't wait to cut the ties" is nothing new. I remember in 1980, the House Dem Whip Brademas of Indiana in the district I lived in got punted even after having represented it for over two decades. He never even bothered to show up there ever again. If anything, tossing 'em out once in awhile helps show where their real interests and loyalties are at.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at March 24, 2007 1:39 PM

Would he be better off switching parties?

Posted by: erp at March 24, 2007 3:06 PM


Posted by: oj at March 24, 2007 5:38 PM

James - Romney was out of state running the Olympics in Utah. He maintained his primary residence here (Mass), his family was here, he paid taxes here, he voted here. That is what made the residency challenge so pathetic by the MA Dems.

The LA GOP appears to have a stronger case given Breaux declaring his primary residence in VA.

Posted by: AWW at March 24, 2007 6:57 PM

The Louisiana courts are going to be more like the New Jersey courts in interpreting this type of election law (and we all know how New Jersey turned out, just ask Frank L.)

Posted by: pchuck at March 25, 2007 10:21 AM