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  •  my bad -- he rented a house in DC. (5+ / 0-)

    Maintained Illinois voter registration, driver's license, paid taxes there.

    •  Ok, even if he bought (1+ / 0-)
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      if it was demonstrably a second home then it is meaningless. Maintaining all those "primary" items in Illinois using the city homes address makes that his primary residence and a DC home as secondary whether bought or rented.

      So he's good on that point.

      What remains is that question about residing in the city for the past year and I don't think he meets that criteria.

      What is really problematic here is that since it is not unreasonable to consider that an unreasonable criteria the temptation will be to find fuzziness in the language and thereby allow him to be on the ballot.

      But is that in turn fair?

      What about some non-name-brand person that maintains their home in Chicago but goes to Africa for a year of missionary work and then rushes back to run for Mayor but gets excluded from the ballot by this same rule and doesn't have the famous name to get the media attention and subsequently their name on the ballot?

      Allowing Rahm on and keeping a less famous person off reeks of insiderism and is exactly the sort of abusive privilege that makes it necessary for courts to stick to the letter of the law in such cases regardless of how unreasonable or unfair it might seem.

      "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

      by Andrew C White on Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 11:43:04 AM PST

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    •  Also maintained a physician and piano tuner. :) (1+ / 0-)
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      ‎"Our greatest asset as advocates is a deep cognizance of our own ignorance, plus a willingness to do something about it." -Joseph Mitchell Kaye, 1966.

      by JR on Tue Jan 25, 2011 at 01:16:57 PM PST

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