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The Politics of Claiming Residency and Crying Foul When Caught

Practical Politics

David L. Horne, PH.D. | 3/13/2014, midnight

State law is pretty straightforward on this issue. ‘In order to be qualified to represent a district, a candidate must live within that district and be eligible to vote in that district.’ Wright was accused and convicted of eight counts of perjury and voter fraud regarding this law.

Interestingly enough, a counter point to Huffman’s claim of selective targeting of Wright, is the fact that in 1987, Wright, who was a professional political consultant then, was convicted for violating the California State Political Reform Act. He was sentenced to three years on probation and a fine of $2,500 for improperly helping former Compton City Councilman Floyd James win an election. Wright, then, is no stranger to charges of political chicanery, and he has been in electoral politics long enough to know the ropes. Whether aided by partisan dirty tricks or not, apparently Wright put himself into this pickle, and standing behind him may not be the politically wise thing for us to do at this point.

Wisdom indicates we’d better get a good, morally responsible candidate ready to run for his soon-to-be-vacated seat in the 35th senatorial district.

Professor David L. Horne is founder and executive director of PAPPEI, the Pan African Public Policy and Ethical Institute, which is a new 501(c)(3) pending community-based organization or non-governmental organization (NGO). It is the stepparent organization for the California Black Think Tank which still operates and which meets every fourth Friday.

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