With all of the furor over alleged "foul play" by both the Republican and Democratic Parties, I thought that it would be fun and maybe educational
to list DOCUMENTED cases of dirty tricks used by EITHER side at the Federal, State and Local levels. The only reason that I titled this "From the
Democrat's Dirty Tricks Department" is that the first news article that I found involves the Democrats. I fully expect there to be a "From the
Republican Dirty Tricks Department" thread and maybe ones for other parties as well. I'd love to hear reactions and comments about these subjects,
but let's keep the party bashing stuff to a minimum.
The first "Dirty Trick" I found involves the Democratic Party in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania. Penn Hills is a suburb of Pittsburgh, it is also the
home of Republican Senator Rick Santorum. Santourm has been specifically targeted by the Democratic National Party for remmoval from office in this
November election. One of the tactics being used is the issue of his residency in Penn Hills.
Ed Vecchio of Penn Hills has stated that Santourm doesn't live at his house in Penn Hills. Ed stated to Ralph Iannotti of KDKA News. "He doesn't
live here. The house he's registered to vote out of, is vacant -- no curtains, furniture, nothing in there. It's abandon for over a month. So, I
feel it's my right to contest his vote." I'd have no problem with this except for just one thing, Ed's wife is head of the Penn Hills
KDKA News story that contains Ed's quote
I did a little research and found that the requirement for running for the US Senate is that you be a US Citizen and a resident of Pennsylvania for at
least 9 years.
Pennsylvania requirements for residency are a little vague, but I did find that maintaining a domicile in Pennsylvania and paying State taxes meets
the requirements for residency.
Under Pennsylvania Tax Law a domicile is defined as " the place where a person maintains his or her permanent abode, and where he or she intends to
return when ever absent". Pennsylvania Tax Law also specifies that an individual may only have one domicile at a time and that "Your domicile does
not change until you move to another state or county with the intention of making your "new" permanent home there and abandoning your previous
The Law also states "If you move to another state or country, but intend to stay there only for a fixed or limited time (no matter how long), your
domicile does not change. Your domicile is not dependent upon continous physical presence. It is not abandoned by absence or even by presence in a
former domicile, no matter how long continued, if, in leaving and during the absence there is not firm, sincere, unconditional intention of remaining
in the other jrisdiction for an indefinite and uncertain period."
Qualifications to run for public office in Pennsylvania
Determining Residency for PA. Personal Income Tax Purposes