OH-16: Where John Boccieri Lives
by Greg Roach, Tue Jun 03, 2008 at 08:55:08 AM EDT
Cross-posted from OH-16: John Boccieri for U.S. Congress:
The drumbeat about where Ohio State Senator Major John Bocceri lives started in the Democratic Primary Race for the United States House of Representative for Ohio's 16th Congressional District. It was the only plank his Democratic Primary opponent could find to use against him and it didn't stick. The Major won by nearly a 2-1 margin in all four counties of the 16th, Ashland, Medina, Stark and Wayne, in the March 4th Primary.
As if by some stroke of political genius, this drumbeatwas supposed to stick through November as the big isssue. And, almost like a Rovellian tantric chant, it seems to keep popping up. John was actually hoping that "the carpetbagger" issue would remain a central theme to the campaign against him. The Major's response to the issue has never changed:
"They are worried about where I lay my head down on the pillow at night, but I'm more worried about where people go to work in the morning."
How historically hypocritical can they get? That would be a thing of beauty coming from a Republican opponent, but it seems the Democratic constituency in Ohio's Fighting 16th are a more sophisticated voter than that!
So, without further adieu, thank you, GARY SCHERER of PERRY TOWNSHIP, you make this writer's job so easy! He said:
But all that aside, let's look at the final authority on this matter, the U.S. Constitution, which states in Article 1, Section 2, on the House of Representatives:
"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."
As you can see, there is no requirement that a member of the House reside in the district he or she represents, only the state. And since Sen. Boccieri lives in Ohio -- except when he has been called upon to serve in Iraq, which he has done numerous times -- the residency issue appears to be a dead one.
Man, that just about makes me giddy! I swear I've already read that four or five times before I posted it. That draws on a huge distinction between the Democratic voter and the Republican voter in a generic comparison. It is this writer's experience, Democratic voters tend to be logically issue driven and Republican voters tend to be passionately value driven. The smoke screen quietly drifts away into oblivion.
Over this past weekend, volunteers spread out across Ohio's 16th Congressional District. Before it was over with they had knocked on some 500 doors talking to potential voters about State Senator Major John Bocccieri and the issues that are most important here; jobs and the economy, the War in Iraq, Health care, gas prices, the rising cost of groceries, and home heating/cooling prices.
In a bit of irony, the John Boccieri for U.S. Congress campaign won the "Most Patriotic" award for our entry in the Bethlehem Township parade. We had a decorated Ford truck and handed out flags. John walked in the parade with about five or six staff members and supporters. This is Ralph Regula's home area. Pretty cool, indeed!
So, I sit here somewhat stymied after all of this exercise. A series of questions keep rolling through my mind. What do you want to debate Senator Schuring? The War in Iraq and The 100 year McCain Doctrine? The 21st Century GI Bill? Making immediate use of alternative energy solutions? Creating and keeping jobs in the 16th Congressional District? Health care for every child, woman or man in the 16th District? The outrageous cost of fuel at the pump? How about the Mortgage Crisis? Constitutionally funding our childrens education? It's time to start speaking up; November 4th is closer than you think!
(HT: Ian & Chris)