Friday, April 11, 2014

Pat Roberts' Residency Issues Worse Than First Believed

When news broke earlier this year that Senator Roberts has not called Kansas his home in recent years, having famously rented a lazy boy from a campaign donor, his supporters excused the action, proclaiming it unreasonable to expect a Senator to live away from his family or fly home every weekend to be with them.  But apparently the story goes much deeper and it will be tough to see how they explain these latest revelations away.

Apparently Senator Roberts hasn't been able to legally call Kansas his home since sometime in 1962, more than 18 years before he was elected to the US Congress to represent Kansas.

According to information uncovered by the Wolf campaign, Roberts left Kansas when he was 25 or 26 for the western state of Arizona.  There he lived for 5 years before moving to DC.  Eight years later, in 1975, Roberts bought his home in Alexandria, Virginia, where he resides today and a full 5 years before being elected to congress.

Senator Roberts hasn't lived in Kansas in more than half a century, 52 years to be exact.  His children have never called Kansas their home.  In addition, Roberts married his wife Franki Fann in 1969, so it is unclear if she has ever called Kansas her home either.

Based on this new information, Senator Roberts seems to have been illegally representing the state of Kansas in both the Congress and the Senate under Article I, Sections 2, Clause 2 and 3, Clause 3.
Art I, Sec 2, Cls 2: 
No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.
Art I, Sec 3, Cls 3:  
No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.
At least when carpetbaggers of the past had the nerve to perform such a politically motivated stunt they had the common decency to move to the state first.  Even Hillary moved to New York before being elected to the Senate, a move that I recall drew much criticism from conservatives who seem to be willing to ignore Roberts' misdeeds.

In interest of full disclosure I will say I have not made up my mind in the Roberts versus Wolf Senate primary in Kansas largely because Wolf has failed to make a compelling argument of why him.  However, his point that Roberts is an absentee Senator does touch a nerve, which makes this latest revelation even more disconcerting.


Anonymous said...

At least Pat Roberts is solid in opposing mass immigration. I think Numbers USA gives him an A grade.

Unlike open-borders neocon Sam Brownback who wants to flood USA with Third World

theKansasCitian said...

Absolutely he has voted correctly on every illegal immigration piece of legislation brought before him, which is why it will be tough for Wolf to win my vote. However, I wish Roberts was more of a leader on the issue, rather than a silent actor. He is singularly focused on the farm lobby, so his past votes on immigration did surprise me when I looked into them a while ago.