|Former Senator Evan Bayh|
The media horns have been out to gore Secretary of State Charlie White over whether he broke Indiana election law by not voting in the correct precinct in his home county where nobody disputes he resided at all times. For that, Democrats are seeking to have him deemed ineligible to hold the office to which he was overwhelmingly elected by Indiana voters last year, and a special prosecutor has been successful in getting a grand jury to bring criminal charges against him. The media should be asking how former Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh could still be casting votes in Marion County if they truly believe White has committed such an egregious offense.To see the rest of the Advance Indiana post, click here.
Bayh did not seek re-election to the Senate last year. He now works as a D.C. lawyer, a senior policy adviser for a New York-based private equity firm and a Fox News contributor. He and his wife, Susan, still live in a $3 million home in suburban Washington where they principally resided while he served in the U.S. Senate. Yet Bayh cast an absentee vote in Indiana's May 2011 municipal primary election using a residence for a cheap condo on Indianapolis' northside he claims as a principal residence, even though neighbors have never seen any sign he actually resides in the condo. According to Marion Co. tax records, the condominium located at 1142 Canterbury Square is valued at only $58,200. Because the Bayhs claim the condo as their principal residence and receive a homestead exemption on it, their annual property tax bill this year is only $274.22.
At least with Evan Bayh it is property he actually owns, although he obviously is not a resident of the Indianapolis condo, a fact Welsh documents.
|Senator Richard Lugar|
Everyone is out to get Charlie White for one alleged incident of voter fraud. Richard Lugar is Charlie White on steroids when it comes to voter fraud. There is no comparison between the two. Now we find out that former Sen. Even Bayh is also flouting the residency requirement, voting using an Indianapolis address where he clearly does not live.
If the law is not going to be applied equally to everyone, then it shouldn't be applied to anyone. Voter fraud should not be used for a political prosecution of Charlie White, while ignoring much worse violations by Senator Richard Lugar and former Senator Evan Bayh.