I am absolutely appalled that this story is not a major headline in the main-stream media:
“Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) does not have a home in his home state of Kansas and, when he needs an address in the state …[he] uses the address of donors C. Duane and Phyllis Ross for voter registration and a place to sleep occasionally when he travels to the state.” [bold mine]
—— He is not a resident of the state, yet he can represent the state and vote in the state, which makes him an illegal voter: “If you move out of the state, your name is removed from the voter list in the county of your most recent registration.” Isn’t it the Republicans who are so adamant about illegal voters in this country?
Jerald Miller, a resident of Kansas, said “I’ve been here since ‘77, and I’ve only seen him twice.” Imagine that — you get to see your state Senator two times in 37 years.
Imagine for a minute what this could lead to. Your federally elected official could choose to live anywhere, never owning property or have any interest in your state — never campaigning in your state or even visiting your state. Yet he is representing you in Washington, writing and passing laws in your name that have drastic effects on your life well-being and future.
Let’s take this ‘imagining’ a bit further.
At some point in time, our entire federally elected officials decide they want to live out of country, yet still govern the United States. If we allow the Robert’s precedent to stand, that could easily happen. So what would this absentee government be governing? You, your rights, your healthcare, work conditions, living conditions, the air you breath, the food you eat, your infrastructure, your education and the natural resources — while they all lived their lavish life style in some resort on your tax dollars.
The only reason this story has come to light is because Roberts is actually being challenged by tea partier Milton Wolf in this year’s Senate election cycle, and Roberts is afraid if he doesn’t campaign in his home state he will lose the election.
God help us had this been a Democrat.