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Posted by: southsiderMMX Dec 2 2011, 12:42 PM

Breaking News: Election Fraud Complaint Filed Against Senator Richard Lugar
Greg Wright
Greg Wright, an Indianapolis resident and Certified Fraud Examiner, filed a formal election fraud complaint with the Indiana Secretary of State on Wednesday against Senator Richard Lugar and his wife, Charlene Lugar.

Wright alleges that the senator and his wife may have committed multiple felonies for voting in a Marion county precinct, using an address for a home they reportedly do not own.

"It is my understanding that Senator Richard D. Lugar has voted using an 'absentee' ballot that used as his residence a home located at 3200 Highwoods Court, Indianapolis, Indiana 46222," noted Wright.

Wright contends the property "appears to be owned by Elizabeth Hughes" and deeded to David and Elizabeth Hughes in 1989 and quitclaimed from David Hughes to Elizabeth Hughes in 2003.

Wright claims he spoke with Elizabeth Hughes recently who reportedly told him that Senator Lugar "had not lived in the house for 33 years and had no ownership interest in the property."

"She appeared shocked that he used that address as his Indiana residence," wrote Wright while also noting that David and Elizabeth Hughes were also registered to vote using the same address.

Is Lugar above the law?
"Based on a published account, Senator Richard D. Lugar stays in a hotel when he visits Indiana," stated Wright. "Based on my understanding of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles regulations, and because of his age, it does not appear that Senator Richard D. Lugar could lawfully obtain an Indiana Operator Driver License."

Does he have a Virginia Operator Driver License?" asked Wright.

Wright describes himself as an "unofficial member of the Tea Party" and says says he was not asked by the Senator's political opponents to file the Election Fraud and Accessibility Grievance Form.

"No one has paid me. I am not a contributor to Richard Mourdock's campaign," Wright stated. "I did meet him once a few years ago shortly after he was first elected Indiana Treasurer."

"Many came to the U.S. to flee from the yoke of European nobility, or to flee from the enslavement enforced by descendents of conquistadores, or to flee fromt he arbitrary rules imposed by tribal bosses," commented Wright. "The ancestors of Tea Party members came to the U.S. because of the promise that all would be treated equally under the law," he continued.

"Unfortunately, today, we have a political class that behaves not unlike European royalty of the nineteenth century. The political class enjoys separate rules of conduct," he said.

 Wright says he fears that the questions he raised with the Indiana Election Division will be "temporarily lost, delayed, or not acted upon."

"Will Senator and Mrs. Lugar receive the same treatment that would be given to common folks?" he asked.

"Will they be successful in their defense through the use of an esoteric phrase in the law that would only apply to them and someone else in this elite political class?"

Those all all fair questions, and it will be interesting to see if the law applies to Richard Lugar the same way it did to Charlie White.

Posted by: southsiderMMX Dec 6 2011, 11:28 AM

Last updated: December 5, 2011 1:40 p.m.
Lugar voting questioned
Niki Kelly

Sen. Richard Lugar's voting habits and residency might be getting a fresh look after a complaint was filed with the Indiana Election Commission last week.

A number of political blogs have reported that tea party enthusiast Greg Wright filed an election fraud complaint against Lugar and his wife, Charlene.

Wright alleges that the senator and his wife may have committed multiple felonies for voting in a Marion County precinct, using an address for a home they do not own.

The issue of voter fraud has gotten more attention since a special prosecutor filed felony charges early this year against Secretary of State Charlie White for voting at the wrong precinct.

Those criminal charges are still pending.

Wright's complaint appears to be largely focused on the address Lugar is using on his absentee ballot rather than whether Lugar maintains residency for a re-election run.

Lugar's campaign addressed the allegations in March, saying Indiana law "provides that a person is not considered to have lost his or her residence in a precinct solely by virtue of being absent in service to Indiana or to the nation. Senator Lugar's last place of residence in Indiana prior to leaving to serve in the Senate remains his proper voting precinct according to Indiana law."

Lugar's Senate staff produced a 1982 letter from then-Indiana Attorney General Linley Pearson to Lugar that said, in part, "If such a person was entitled to vote in this state prior to departing for service in Congress, whatever residence that person possessed for voting purposes prior to such departure remains his or her residence. There is no requirement that such a person maintain a house, apartment, or any fixed physical location."

Lugar lives in McLean, Va., a suburb of Washington. He also owns a farm in Marion County.

Indiana Election Commission Chairman Dan Dumezich – a Republican – said he hasn't seen the complaint yet. Usually the Republican and Democratic co-directors have to agree to move a complaint forward before it comes to the commission.

Democrat co-director Trent Deckard said he would recommend the commission look at the complaint.

But Republican co-director Brad King said the two men would need to review the facts before deciding whether to dismiss or move the allegations forward.

If it does make it to the commission, it is unclear what they can do.

The four-member panel – two Republicans, two Democrats – doesn't have criminal jurisdiction. The commission could forward the case to the Marion County prosecutor, but he would still have discretion on filing charges.

Lugar faces State Treasurer Richard Mourdock in the U.S. Senate primary next year.

Posted by: southsiderMMX Feb 27 2012, 11:20 AM

For one of the U.S. Senate’s true masters of international diplomacy and nuclear disarmament, there’s no small irony in the fact that a home he sold in 1977 and the address that appears on his Indiana driver’s license are now tripping him up more than any international Gordian Knot ever has.

U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar has largely skated through every re-election since he first won federal office in 1976.

And even though he has consistently voted from a house he hasn’t owned since he left for Washington in 1977, questions about his residency lay dormant until just a few weeks ago.

The story migrated after spending more than a year in Indiana’s conservative blogosphere with the help of Democrats, tea partiers and a certified fraud examiner who investigated Lugar’s residency late last year.

For decades, political strength, an attorney general’s opinion and weak challenges from Democrats all kept the issue at bay.

But Lugar’s vulnerability this year has drawn a strong tea party challenge in the GOP primary as well as a solid Democratic challenger in Rep. Joe Donnelly, and the legality of his situation has done nothing to tamp the issue down.

Tony Long, vice chairman of the Indiana Election Commission, captured Lugar’s dilemma shortly before voting to throw out a tea party challenge to Lugar’s appearance on the May Republican ballot.

“I think he’s clearly claimed himself to be a Hoosier. I’m sure he roots for IU when they play Kentucky,” said Long, one of two Democrats on the commission.

“Still, I’d feel a whole lot more comfortable if he had some residence here in the state.”

Lugar stumbled through answers about his residency last week, telling reporters that he did not know the address on his driver’s license shortly after saying that he renews his license himself.

But he did hit on one key factor that has clouded his re-election effort, just as it has hung over his many Senate colleagues who have retired or suffered through grueling tea party challenges.

“Washington has changed over time,” Lugar said shortly before speaking to a group named in his honor that trains Republican women to run for office and work on campaigns.

Lugar’s supporters and campaign staff have called it ludicrous to attack a sitting senator for living where he works: in Washington.

But in Indiana’s current congressional delegation, Lugar sticks out. Most of Indiana’s federal lawmakers own homes in Indiana and vote from that address, according to a search of the state’s voter registration database and property tax records.

That Lugar doesn’t has given more fodder to tea partiers already stewing over what they view as the senior senator’s many political transgressions, including voting for President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee and blaming tea partiers for blowing Republicans’ shot at winning back the U.S. Senate in 2010.

“I think what happened is the rank and file tea party felt betrayed. That’s a really powerful emotion when you feel that you’ve been played,” said Greg Wright, a certified fraud examiner who filed a complaint against Lugar in November.

Wright met with tea partiers opposing Lugar late last year and they brought up Lugar’s residency. Until then, nobody had investigated the claims, keeping questions about his residency locked within a small confine of political insiders.

But it is now front and center with a major hand from Democrats, who have formed a truly strange alliance with tea partiers on the issue. Democratic Super PAC American Bridge has been running ads calling Lugar an excellent senator for Virginia, where he’s lived since 1977. Indiana’s Democratic Party, meanwhile, has held press conferences and pushed stories as Democrats try to build the storyline.

The last time Lugar ran for re-election, Democrats were more focused on a trio of tough Congressional races in 2006 than on fighting Lugar, who was at that point much stronger politically, said Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker, who criticized Lugar for registering his Indianapolis farm at his U.S. Senate office in downtown Indianapolis.

What changed in six years? Democrats now have a top-tier Senate candidate in Donnelly, who opted to run for Senate after Republican lawmakers redrew his 2nd Congressional District last year.

“We have a strong candidate in Joe Donnelly,” Parker said.

And with Lugar under fire from his own party, they also have a better platform for trotting out the issue.

Posted by: Dave May 21 2012, 12:46 PM

So, six term US Senator Lugar loses to the teapartier in the primary by 20%. Lugar would have probably mopped the floor with Donnelly, but now it's a horserace between Donnelly and Mourdock.

I'd certainly prefer Lugar in the Senate to Mourdock, but I'd prefer Donnelly over either of them.

Posted by: Southsider2k12 May 22 2012, 08:44 AM

QUOTE(Dave @ May 21 2012, 01:46 PM) *

So, six term US Senator Lugar loses to the teapartier in the primary by 20%. Lugar would have probably mopped the floor with Donnelly, but now it's a horserace between Donnelly and Mourdock.

I'd certainly prefer Lugar in the Senate to Mourdock, but I'd prefer Donnelly over either of them.

I was solidly behind Lugar. Now, I might vote for Donnelly. Not a fan of Mourdock at all.

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