Lugar and his wife, Char, are registered to vote at a northwest side house near 38th and Kessler Boulevard. They sold the Highwoods Court house decades ago and the house was sold again since then. The current couple who live at the house are registered to vote there. They do not personally know Richard Lugar or his wife.
|Senator Richard Lugar|
There is no exception in the perjury laws or voter fraud laws that would allow Lugar or his wife to do this. As a result, Lugar and his wife have committed multiple acts of perjury and voter fraud, all felonies.
What Secretary of State Charlie White is accused of - one election using his ex-wife's address to cast a vote when he allegedly didn't live there (though White has evidence otherwise) - is peanuts compared to what Lugar and his wife have been doing for decades. Yet when Charlie White failed to show up at a hearing, it is the leading story on the television news and on the front page of the Indianapolis Star.
But how about Greg Wright's complaint against Richard Lugar. Did the media pick up on it? Nope. The television stations ignored it as did the the Indianapolis Star.
Ironically Charlie White is on the Commission and would be one of the three on the Election Board deciding the complaint against Lugar. Undoubtedly the Lugar people will press hard for White to step down because of the similarities the Lugar complaint has to the allegations against White. (Of course that fact alone works against Lugar.) The fact White could be setting in judgement of Lugar on a very similar voter fraud claim is an angle of the story the news media has thus far missed.
What is the difference between the two stories? Well, for one the allegations against Lugar and his wife are far more serious than against Charlie White. Further, they are far more easily proven. Lugar readily admits the facts constituting multiple felonies, that he's signing documents under oath to vote using a residence he doesn't live at. His wife is doing the same thing.
|Secretary of State Charlie White|
Last year when Fox59 considered breaking this story, the reporter had a meeting with Peter Rusthoven, a partner with Barnes & Thornburg, who also worked with Lugar and still supports him. Rusthoven apparently went ballistic during their meeting. I later pointed out to her why Rusthoven's legal positions was full of crap, but it didn't matter. The reporter was so shaken by her encounter with the angry Rusthoven she did not want to go forward with the story.
The news media should not refuse to cover a story for the sole reason that the story would reflect negatively on a popular, powerful politician. Lugar is a sitting U.S. Senator who is signing documents under oath falsely stating that he resides at a house in which he has not lived in decades. That is a story. The media can only ignore it for so long.
Here are relevant documents:
Lugar Registration and Voter Application Record
Richard Lugar Fraud Complaint Page 1
Richard Lugar Fraud Complaint Page 2
Char Lugar Fraud Complaint Page 1
Char Lugar Fraud Complaint Page 2
See also Advance Indiana's take on the story.