YANSID? Tom Daschle redux.

So, Democrat Pete Stark represents a state he doesn't live in?

Oh-oh, looks like more tax troubles for another Democrat in Washington.

California's Rep. Pete Stark, a senior House Democrat who helps write the nation's tax laws, has been claiming a $1.7 million Maryland home as his principal residence in recent years, although he represents the Golden State's 13th District on the east side of San Francisco Bay.

The 77-year-old Stark has saved himself nearly $3,900 in state and county taxes by claiming the six-acre waterfront estate as his principal residence, according to an investigation by Bloomberg News.

Maryland law allows the tax break only to those residences used "for the legal purposes of voting, obtaining a driver's license, and filing income tax returns."

Notified of the discovery, a state official said an investigation would be launched.

Stark tells Bloomberg, "Insofar as I know, I'm obeying the law."

Daschle got in trouble with South Dakota voters and tax authorities when it looked like he was claiming legal residency in D.C., not his home state. Of course, Stark fits right in with the loopy-Left milieu of the San Francisco Bay Area, so maybe the voters there won't care. The IRS, however, may take a dimmer view. Regardless, it's another case of YANSID.

UPDATE: Pete Stark is not eligible to be in Congress. I cite Article I, section 2 of the Constitution of the United States:

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.

By his own admission, Stark spends about eight months in Maryland per year. He is not by any legal definition a California resident. Stark should be expelled immediately and a special election called.

Well, Madame Speaker? Waiting

One Response to YANSID? Tom Daschle redux.

  1. MadAlfred says:

    Rep Wexler is another who lives near Washington DC rather than in the Florida district he represents.

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