In 1990, Santorum unseated Rep. Doug Walgren, attacking on the issue of whether Walgren actually lived in his home district.
"I’ve talked to his neighbors. His parents live there. He does not live there," Santorum said in a November 1990 debate.
Before every election, the Post-Gazette routinely sends letters to the candidates seeking material for the Voters Guide. Back in March, as part of that process for the primary, the newspaper sent a letter to Rick Santorum at his home address, at least the one that he claims. Back from Penn Hills came the letter with a sticker from the U.S. Postal Service checked as "Not Deliverable As Addressed — Unable To Forward."
That is all you need to know about the nasty dispute between the Republican Sen. Santorum and his Democratic opponent, Bob Casey Jr., in the November election. The whole thing is rooted in one inconvenient fact for Sen. Santorum: He doesn’t live here anymore.
This is not to say that he doesn’t visit Penn Hills from time to time. But while he may meet the legal requirements for residency, his home is in Virginia with his wife and children. This is well-known and it has been for quite a while. Indeed, it was at the heart of the objection by some Penn Hills residents to the local school district paying for the senator’s children to be enrolled in a cyber charter school. The theory was that — let us emphasize it again because it is central to the current problem — he doesn’t live here anymore.
I found this Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial via Atrios (And read the whole editorial — it’s from what I would consider to be a conservative newspaper and they let Santorum have it. Priceless.). Atrios also has a weird clip of Sen. Santorum losing it and yelling at a radio talk show host.
[NOTE: I stand corrected. The Post-Gazette is the paper I can read from Pittsburgh. It’s the Tribune-Review that makes me want to wretch — must be the Scaife-ness of it. My bad.]
Guess that taste of Ricky’s own medicine is a little bitter.
PS — Judge Walton has issued a ruling on the media issues in the Libby case. (H/T to TheOtherWash for the heads up on this.) I’m taking a look at it and will try to have some analysis by this evening but, more likely, tomorrow morning. Just FYI.