Citizen legislator Sen. Mary Landrieu doesn’t really live in Louisiana

posted at 10:01 pm on August 28, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Yet another rich citizen legislator has run into the buzzsaw of residency requirements— the quaint notion that a person who represents a state should live in that state and have some passing acquaintance with it to the point of even visiting more than occasionally. It’s not solely a Democratic issue, of course, but rather one that reaches across party lines in the entrenched class.

Dick Lugar of Indiana and Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas have both gotten in trouble for it recently whereas Scott Brown, running in New Hampshire, has gotten surprisingly little national blowback despite having recently been the senator from Massachusetts. To be fair, Brown has owned a home in the Granite State for 20 years, which is far more than one can say for Landrieu:

NEW ORLEANS — In Washington, Sen. Mary Landrieu lives in a stately, $2.5 million brick manse she and her husband built on Capitol Hill.

Here in Louisiana, however, the Democrat does not have a home of her own. She is registered to vote at a large bungalow in New Orleans that her parents have lived in for many decades, according to a Washington Post review of Landrieu’s federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records.

On a statement of candidacy Landrieu filed with the Federal Election Commission in January, she listed her Capitol Hill home as her address. But when qualifying for the ballot in Louisiana last week, she listed the family’s raised-basement home here on South Prieur Street.

The New Orleans house, which Landrieu claims as her primary residence, is a new flash point in one of the most closely contested Senate races in the country. Republicans are considering taking legal action to question Landrieu’s residency in the state, arguing that since winning her seat in 1996 she has become a creature of Washington.

She claims to “live” in her parents’ home, which is co-owned by her parents and and her eight siblings. As an awesome Southern side note, her parents’ names are Moon and Verna. Her most likely opponent Rep. Bill Cassidy is criticizing her, but really, the testimony from her neighbors and supporters is most devastating:

“I don’t think she lives there,” said Fontaine Wells, 65, pointing at the Landrieu home. “She might come visit, but come on now — she lives in D.C. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her.”

Still, Wells added, “I don’t hold that against her… She knows our issues, she knows the problems we have.”

Michael Fitzgerald, 61, has lived around the corner from the Landrieus for three decades. He said he sees Moon and Verna Landrieu regularly, as well as Mitch Landrieu, Mary’s younger brother and the city’s current mayor, who lives in a home he owns nearby.

“They’ve been very good neighbors,” Fitzgerald said. “On Election Day, [Mary] is seen at our polling place accompanying her parents.” He added, “I have not seen her lately. . . . She’s been in the Senate for — I’ve lost count — 16 years? 18 years?”

Why don’t these obscenely rich “citizen legislators” buy a Plausibly Deniability Condo in their home states at the very least? I’m as glad as anyone that their extreme frugality desire to hoard their resources inside the Beltway betrays their true characters and opens them to criticism on the home front, but it doesn’t seem all that hard to simply own a piece of property in one’s home state if one would like to represent one’s home state. In addition to being politically advantageous, it’d help them actually visit their home states on a regular basis so as to serve the citizens thereof in a more thorough and understanding way. But hey, that’s overrated, I suppose.

On the upside, Landrieu could certainly argue she better understands the hardships of the Obama economy because she’s living in her parents’ basement.


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On the upside, Landrieu could certainly argue she better understands the hardships of the Obama economy because she’s living in her parents’ basement.

So did I until I was 16.

Walter L. Newton on August 28, 2014 at 10:10 PM

On the upside, Landrieu could certainly argue she better understands the hardships of the Obama economy because she’s living in her parents’ basement Command Center

FIFY

RickB on August 28, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Why don’t these obscenely rich “citizen legislators” buy a Plausibly Deniability Condo in their home states at the very least?

Because they’re so generous with other people’s money but stingy with their own.

Aizen on August 28, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Why isn’t that the law?

bflat879 on August 28, 2014 at 10:13 PM

3.5 mill house, yep just another one of us working-class fuds trying to scrape by.

Her bio says she’s been in public thievery since 1980, thirty four years living on our dime.

Bishop on August 28, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Citizen legislator Sen. Mary Landrieu doesn’t really live in Louisiana

Well … duh. She lives on Sesame Street and is enamored of Kermit.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 28, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Why don’t these obscenely rich “citizen legislators” buy a Plausibly Deniability Condo in their home states at the very least?

Actually it should be the exact opposite…. Maybe they would spend less time in Washington.

Barred on August 28, 2014 at 10:17 PM

What would be so wrong to have it legislated that, in order to be a candidate, one must own both, property AND a Primary Domicile in said candidate’s own name, with or without a co-owner being a spouse?

Really, I’m getting pretty darn tired of these lifetime politicians NOT having their primary domicile (much less NOT owning property in their own name, see the caveat above) in the state they are choosing to represent.

Newtie and the Beauty on August 28, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Say what you want about her but when she did that video with Raquel Welch she was awesome. Tell me that ain’t her.

Oldnuke on August 28, 2014 at 10:20 PM

She’s a joke, but no bigger of a joke than Orrin Hatch. He couldn’t find Utah with a plane ticket to Salt Lake City, but I’ll bet he can give you directions to DuPont Circle from Russell nine different ways.

Jaibones on August 28, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Why isn’t that the law?

bflat879 on August 28, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Wouldn’t matter even if it were. The D.C. pols would just buy some token property to satisfy the requirements and still never visit their “home” state. This does, however, encapsulate much of what is wrong with D.C. Specifically the disconnect between the pols and the very people they’re tasked with representing.

volnation on August 28, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Say what you want about her but when she did that video with Raquel Welch she was awesome. Tell me that ain’t her.
Oldnuke on August 28, 2014 at 10:20 PM

It must really irk Mary Mary Quite Contrary that Kirsten Gillibrand got all the passes in the Senate…

Newtie and the Beauty on August 28, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on August 28, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Nothing would be wrong with it. It’s ridiculous. I am for banning them from buying in D.C. and having a specific legislative period. D.C. is not good for anyone.

Cindy Munford on August 28, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Why don’t these obscenely rich “citizen legislators” buy a Plausibly Deniability Condo in their home states at the very least?

Taxes?

kcewa on August 28, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Go back and read who this beatch is from Erika’s post.

Sugar subsidy queen.

wolly4321 on August 28, 2014 at 10:26 PM

As an awesome Southern side note, her parents’ names are Moon and Verna.

???

kcewa on August 28, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Nothing would be wrong with it. It’s ridiculous. I am for banning them from buying in D.C. and having a specific legislative period. D.C. is not good for anyone.
Cindy Munford on August 28, 2014 at 10:25 PM

There’s a few nice hotels in the area of the Capitol…oh, and then there’s the Watergate building…rental properties…

Newtie and the Beauty on August 28, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Mary Katharine Ham ‏@mkhammer 56s

I really like this tough bitch. Get better soon! http://ow.ly/AQnqD

Sorry, thought you meant Landrieu.

Bmore on August 28, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Non-issue. Little piggies always live near their hog-mommies. Plus, it’s Louisiana, where anything goes, and comes. Moon Landrieu, her hog-daddy, actually was a conservative D, one of the last of a dying breed. As mayor, he ran New Orleans as a capitalist conclave, killing prior city regs and taxes on local businesses, and on those choosing to enter the game. Yes, he grifted and grafted along the way, but he also supported Reagan for President, a key to Reagan’s win of LA in 1980.

Miss Piggy, unfortunately, has forgotten where she came from, so trapped as she became in the DC milieu. Even Moon, I don’t think, can save her this year. Good riddance.

TXUS on August 28, 2014 at 10:31 PM

???
kcewa on August 28, 2014 at 10:30 PM

“Moon” is short for “Maurice”…sort of…

Newtie and the Beauty on August 28, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Really? Not gonna let that through the mill HA?

Bmore on August 28, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Roberts doesn’t live in Kansas & it isn’t going to stop him.

tetriskid on August 28, 2014 at 10:36 PM

“Moon” is short for “Maurice”…sort of…

Newtie and the Beauty on August 28, 2014 at 10:32 PM

I was just wondering why MKH mentioned it.

kcewa on August 28, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Oldnuke on August 28, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Never thought about it, but they do look a lot alike….

Barred on August 28, 2014 at 10:40 PM

I lived in Luling for a few years. As a kid, around 3rd. Grade. 30 kids , about 5 of us had shoes.
My parents pulled me out of there and I ended up in Christian school in baton rouge.

It was better, but not by much.

I went from 3rd grade, to fifth grade, to fourth grade, I can’t even remember.

LA is a jacked up state.

wolly4321 on August 28, 2014 at 10:40 PM

KC, how many people do YOU know nicknamed “Moon”? Other than Moon Unit Zappa, that is… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on August 28, 2014 at 10:40 PM

So she has the choice of living in New Orleans or “living” in DC. And she chooses DC. That should pretty much disqualify her from any public office.

kcewa on August 28, 2014 at 10:42 PM

KC, how many people do YOU know nicknamed “Moon”? Other than Moon Unit Zappa, that is… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on August 28, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Ummm…none. I know a few named Lunatic. Does that count?

kcewa on August 28, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Build a barracks at Ft. McNair and make all the senators and representatives live there. Make them eat in a mess hall and mow the lawns.

F X Muldoon on August 28, 2014 at 10:53 PM

“Moon” is short for “Maurice”…sort of…

Newtie and the Beauty on August 28, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Yeah, that’s his actual first name, parents came from France. He got the nickname “Moon” when he was a kid playing baseball in Louisiana. He told a friend of mine that the nick came from his regularly hitting high fly balls that the other young players couldn’t catch, but later he claimed that it was hitting home runs “to the Moon.” Probably both are true.

Nonetheless, the only reason Moon Landrieu isn’t a strident Republican today is that his kids had to get elected to the Senate and as a Mayor of NO, under a withering paradigm of long-time D control of the state.

Too bad that. But he will stand with his kids, and ole Moon is still well-liked all over LA, and I must say by me. He’s one smart and helluva guy, the kind they don’t make anymore.

TXUS on August 28, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Landrieu, Landrieu? Other than this baggage, who looks like a worn out Honolulu Hotel Street hooker, where have I heard that name before?–Ah yes “the will of Landru” (same pronunciation)in Star Trek’s ‘Return of the Archons’. Landru was computer generated image that wasn’t real–just like this lady’s nonexistent Louisiana address.

MaiDee on August 28, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Well, at least she’s stayed chubby.

formwiz on August 28, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Not owning property in Louisiana means she doesn’t have to pay any taxes and that helps her identify with the people who vote for her because they don’t pay any either. Get it?

Kidfromjersey on August 28, 2014 at 11:46 PM

If they’re not gonna term limit themselves, it’s time for voters to take care of it for elitist pigs like this. Send this hog packin.

Pelosi Schmelosi on August 28, 2014 at 11:57 PM

One of her finest hours (/), dramatized:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyVLDCPtVQw

inviolet on August 29, 2014 at 12:09 AM

If the worst thing I could find about Mary Landrieu is her residency, I’d vote for her myself. Fortunately, her position on almost everything is wrong and the few positions that are correct or nearly correct were taken purely for political survival. Her voting record is a virtual Obama rubber stamp, and the same for Reid since he became Majority Leader in 2007. She should have been bounced long ago.

It is indeed important for House members to live and spend time in their districts. They need to stay close to the people they represent.

But even with the direct election of Senators, they are not supposed to be representing the voters directly but the interests of their states. Their relative power is magnified by Senate rules, even as bastardized under Reid. Their jobs are more time consuming.

A Senator who spends a lot of time at home when he’s not up for reelection just isn’t doing his job. And buying a mansion in DC is better than living in a luxury suite at a five star hotel, like Reid does.

Adjoran on August 29, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Hillary lived in NY for 15 minutes before becoming a ‘senator’, nobody challenged her residency.
I mean, she didn’t even have the carpet bag unpacked!

Tard on August 29, 2014 at 12:14 AM

question: MARY MARY, quite contrary how does your garden grow???

Ans NOT IN FKN LOUISIANA!!!!

dugbru on August 29, 2014 at 12:25 AM

There is a house in New Orleans
They call The Rising Scum
And Mary Landrieu tells the children
“Louisiana is where I’m from!”

virgo on August 29, 2014 at 1:06 AM

May she go the way of Lugar.

Schadenfreude on August 29, 2014 at 1:18 AM

Remember, the American Princes and Princesses are different than you and me.

Tar and Feathers, National Mall, High noon. NO Exceptions, NO Excuses. Then maybe the NEXT 535 will PAY ATTENTION.

clippermiami on August 29, 2014 at 7:10 AM

And they will keep right on voting for her. IDIOTS

clippermiami on August 29, 2014 at 7:15 AM

Not enough money to buy land for a dock on a river, put a mailbox on it along with a houseboat pulled up on shore to claim that as a residence? That cannot be that much in taxes and getting a flunky from her ‘constituent services’ people to drop by once a week to get mail isn’t out of order for what such personnel are expected to do.

And yet she can’t even achieve that.

ajacksonian on August 29, 2014 at 7:20 AM

Following the rules is easy but, somehow, they just don’t seem to think rules apply to them.

Kissmygrits on August 29, 2014 at 7:59 AM

Has anyone checked to see if the Landrieus filed for a property tax exemption in Washington DC, where to qualify they must:

3. The property must be the principal residence (domicile) of the owner/applicant.

Having one is possibly a crime. Not having a homestead exemption doesn’t get them off the hook, though. Residency has always been legal issue of principal residence, wherein you declare/use it for legal purposes such as mailing address the majority (6+ months) a year.

Dusty on August 29, 2014 at 8:20 AM

How about each state set a residency requirement that you must have been a state resident for at least as many years as the term for which you are going to run. AND, a year doesn’t count as residency if you haven’t spent at least 200 days in the district/state, at a home you rent or own.

De facto, the minute they set foot in Washington, they stop being residents and are ineligible to run again. Unless, they stay out of Washington and live “at home”.

GWB on August 29, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Who pays the property taxes does not matter. The owner of the property does not have to be the name on the tax card/bill.

Does she file LA state income taxes?

Go to the clerk’s office and run a title search. If her name is not on the current deed, she is not an owner. Some trust her family may have setup for the FUTURE does not entitle her to property rights today.

How many days might she live at her parents house in a year?

If her name is not on the deed along with failed residency requirements, fraud.

zdpl0a on August 29, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Moon Landrieu? Sounds more hippie than Southern.

ezspirit on August 29, 2014 at 10:02 AM

…Wells added, “I don’t hold that against her… She knows our issues, she knows the problems we have.”

A shining example of your average dimocrat voter – dumber than a bag of hammers.

earlgrey on August 29, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Fewer ‘Miss Piggy’ comments, I think. She’s a middle-aged woman going a little to seed the way most middle-aged women do: leave the snark about candidates’ looks to the Progressives, please.

PersonFromPorlock on August 29, 2014 at 3:29 PM