PoliticalNews.me - Feb 24,2012 - Attorney General: Lugar’s a Hoosier
Mourdock’s Mudslinging on Residency
Loses Major Ground in New AG Opinion
INDIANAPOLIS – Challenger Richard Mourdock’s mudslinging about the residency of U.S. Sen. Richard G. Lugar lost major ground when the office of Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller upheld Lugar’s residency in an opinion based on the Indiana Constitution and laws.
Zoeller’s office issued an official opinion on Thursday concluding Lugar’s residency remains valid. The Zoeller opinion upholds analysis and conclusions in a 1982 advisory letter from then–Attorney General Linley Pearson.
“If a person has established residency for voting purposes in an Indiana precinct prior to his or her service in Congress, that residence remains the Congressperson’s residence as long as he or she remains on the business of the state or the United States,” the 2012 ruling concludes. “A continual physical presence is not required in order to maintain his or her residency status.”
“Richard Moudock’s campaign has offered no substance, no solutions and the latest mud they have thrown has absolutely no validity, as supported by the Indiana Attorney General’s opinion issued today,” said David W. Willkie, political director of Lugar’s re-election. “Senator Lugar will continue to lead on matters vitally important to Hoosiers – growing jobs and the economy, reducing federal spending and debt.”