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j-dawg
06-23-2006, 12:23 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06146/693291-192.stm

We know that politics can make strange bedfellows, but who would've thought it would get as strange as Senator Rick Santorum?

At issue is the location of Rick's bed ? that is, where does he live? You would naturally assume that this Republican senator from Pennsylvania lives somewhere in the Keystone State, and indeed, Santorum lists a house in the burg of Penn Hills as his home. However,when the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sent a routine letter to the senator's home address, it came back marked by the Post Office as: "Not Deliverable As Addressed."

Why? Simple: Rick doesn't actually live there. The house is vacant ? no bed, no kitchen table, no curtains, no Santorums.

Instead, Rick, his wife, and their six kiddos are ensconced in the family's real home in faraway Leesburg, Virginia. Perhaps he sometimes visits Penn Hills, but the fact is that Santorum does not sleep, eat, raise kids, or otherwise live in the house or town he officially claims as his home ? nor, for that matter, does the senator from Pennsylvania even live in the state he claims to represent.

Bizarrely, when this embarrassing reality surfaced, Rick responded not with an explanation, but an accusation. He nastily attacked his Democratic opponent in this year's senatorial race, charging that the Democrat had sent operatives to trespass on the family's property. This charge turns out not to be true, but nonetheless, Santorum wailed that such trespassing "put our six young children at a serious safety risk." :dang:

Wow, Rick has completely redefined "political absurdity." First, there was no trespassing by the Democrat's campaign and, second, the senator's kids could only have been at risk if they were actually there ? which they weren't, since, of course, they live in Virginia, as does mom... and dad.

CAH
06-23-2006, 12:38 PM
Gee, never heard anything like that before. :rolleyes:

Hillary Clinton in New York, Jeb Bush is Florida, Kennedy in Rhode Island, etc.

BTW I'm voting for Santorum. There is no way I'd give my vote to Casey, who is a product of his father and I dread that thought.

j-dawg
06-23-2006, 12:43 PM
Gee, never heard anything like that before. :rolleyes:

Hillary Clinton in New York, Jeb Bush is Florida, Kennedy in Rhode Island, etc.



yep... "local representatives" ... :sofunny:

Hawk Believer
06-23-2006, 01:02 PM
The funniest thing about that is when he first ran for Congress, he made a HUGE issue of Doug Walgren's residency.

He also said Walgren had been in Washington too long (14 years). That campaign happened in 1990.

And he ran a commercial with a bunch of fat cats smoking cigars in a restaurant. When the waitress brought the check, they pointed to a table of little kids and said "Give the bill to them". It was an analogy for the fedeal deficit--and Santorum went on to vote for trillions of dollars in deficit spending.
We had a really similar thing happen out here in WA. One of the crown jewels of the Repblican conquest in the 94 midterm elections was unseating Dick Foley, the incumbent Speaker of the House. Not only did his party lose the majority, he got voted out of his Spokane congressional seat.

The man who beat him was named George Nethercutt. The keystone of his campaign was term limits. Nethercutt had been vocal about his opposition the the idea of term limits and had even been in some legal battles to determine is a term limit initiative was constitutional in our state (if I remember correctly). Nethercutt campaigned almost entirely on the issue of term limits and pledged he would serve just two terms. He struck a chord during the Contract with America times and was elected, upending an incumbent Speaker for the first time in over a century.

Well, those two terms seemed to go by awful quickly. When the 2 term was up, George stated that he had learned that having some political experience was actually beneficial and that he had changed his mind about term limits. Suddenly he was using all the same arguments that he'd try to crucify Foley with just 4 years earlier. He served 5 terms before moving across the state to Seattle in a losing attempt to win a Senate seat in the last election.

Stlrs4Life
06-25-2006, 07:09 PM
How in the heck could anybody vote for Rick Sanatarium? We can't get rid of this ****roach fast enough.

SteelCityMan786
06-25-2006, 07:54 PM
If I was legal to vote I never would give my vote to casey. he is trying to jump up the ranks too early.

Stlrs4Life
06-25-2006, 08:35 PM
Too early? So you would rather have a crook stay there? Glad you aren't old enough to vote.

Mosca
06-25-2006, 08:53 PM
Well, the direct words of the GOP State Chairperson were, "...Regarding Santorum, I know some of you may want to just hold your noses, but please vote for him anyway!"

Me being a conservative Democrat, I've been against Santorum from the beginning; he has voted the line on every single issue. I can respect Arlen Spector; he votes on the merits of the issues. Even if I disagree with him, I know he's thought about the issue rather than how toeing the party line can help him (as Santorum does).


Tom

tony hipchest
06-25-2006, 09:13 PM
BTW I'm voting for Santorum. There is no way I'd give my vote to Casey, who is a product of his father and I dread that thought. i could be wrong but im thinking you vote straight ticket party across the board regardless of the candidates.

HburgXL06
06-25-2006, 09:25 PM
I would think that it would be easier for Santorum to live near DC if he worked in DC. I mean I think the commute from da 'burgh to DC is a bit of a long time. I'm not bein political I don't know nothin about politics but it's tough to ever be clean and perfect in the world of politics.

BuFu

CAH
06-25-2006, 09:52 PM
i could be wrong but im thinking you vote straight ticket party across the board regardless of the candidates.
Never voted a straight ticket in my life. In fact, I was a Democrat until a couple of years ago.

Does this count? Being a female, we had an argument at work about women and I was so pissed after work (election day)I went to vote and I voted for every woman on the list. Did that only once. LOL

tony hipchest
06-25-2006, 10:07 PM
Never voted a straight ticket in my life. In fact, I was a Democrat until a couple of years ago.

Does this count? Being a female, we had an argument at work about women and I was so pissed after work (election day)I went to vote and I voted for every woman on the list. Did that only once. LOL lol. right on then. i never vote straight ticket either. infact several times i have voted more rep than dem (especially in local gov). domenichi is a damn good congressmen (and experienced) despite his party affiliation. gary johnson was a damn good governor. gov richardson (possible 08 presidential candidate is often regarded as a rep in wolfs clothing)

BlacknGold Bleeder
06-25-2006, 11:20 PM
Nobody should ever vote straight ticket unless they are drinking the same Kool-Aid as the politicians.
As far as residency is concerned it does make it easier to work if you are closer to it... and I'm sure he's not the only one in Congress doing it. That doesn't make it right but it's definitely done.
As afar as Casey is concerned he started off his campaign real well throwing mud instead of standing on his accomplishments...wait that consists of living off daddy's name :rolleyes:

CAH
06-26-2006, 09:19 AM
Nobody should ever vote straight ticket unless they are drinking the same Kool-Aid as the politicians.
As far as residency is concerned it does make it easier to work if you are closer to it... and I'm sure he's not the only one in Congress doing it. That doesn't make it right but it's definitely done.
As afar as Casey is concerned he started off his campaign real well throwing mud instead of standing on his accomplishments...wait that consists of living off daddy's name :rolleyes:
My thoughts exactly on Casey. He's running on daddy and believe me, that is not a plus.

I'm voting for Rick Santorum for that reason. At least he is his own man.

Mosca
06-26-2006, 10:28 AM
As far as residency is concerned it does make it easier to work if you are closer to it... and I'm sure he's not the only one in Congress doing it. That doesn't make it right but it's definitely done.

I work for a congressman, and he maintains a residence here in NE PA and an apartment in DC. I may be wrong, but the knock on Santorum is that he has an empty residence in Penn Hills and owns a house that he lives in in Virginia. My boss is back in the area at least once a week, if not more often, and his family lives and works locally. His children attended school locally.

I wouldn't vote for OR against anyone based on family ties. I'd look at the platform and vote accordingly. Casey doesn't fit my beliefs 100%, but Santorum is almost the 100% antithesis of what I believe.


Tom

j-dawg
06-27-2006, 02:15 PM
My thoughts exactly on Casey. He's running on daddy and believe me, that is not a plus.

I'm voting for Rick Santorum for that reason. At least he is his own man.


:sofunny: hehehe... running on daddy... seems like the same platform some other dude in washington did...

CAH
06-27-2006, 09:07 PM
:sofunny: hehehe... running on daddy... seems like the same platform some other dude in washington did...
As for Casey, his father was rotten and taking after him doesn't bring a smile to my face. Rick has my vote.

Stlrs4Life
06-30-2006, 10:09 PM
Well, the direct words of the GOP State Chairperson were, "...Regarding Santorum, I know some of you may want to just hold your noses, but please vote for him anyway!"

Me being a conservative Democrat, I've been against Santorum from the beginning; he has voted the line on every single issue. I can respect Arlen Spector; he votes on the merits of the issues. Even if I disagree with him, I know he's thought about the issue rather than how toeing the party line can help him (as Santorum does).


Tom


Exactly.

Santorum has voted against the working man on every issue.

Stlrs4Life
06-30-2006, 10:11 PM
My thoughts exactly on Casey. He's running on daddy and believe me, that is not a plus.

I'm voting for Rick Santorum for that reason. At least he is his own man.

You're going to vote fopr aguy that lives in Va.? Why doesn't he run down there? Oh, he wouldn't win down there either.

Cape Cod Steel Head
07-01-2006, 08:48 AM
Rick Santorum is an idiot!