running the current governor Paterson (who has virtually no chance for reelection next year) for Rangels House seat.
I don't know where Paterson's resident is. Rangel has represented his district ( which includes Harlem ) for the longest time. He could commit murder in daylight and his district will STILL vote for him. Assuming Rangel has no shame ( and I believe he does not ), he has his seat for as long as he wants.
But let's assume that Rangel will retire ( highly unlikely, but let's just assume), If Paterson is not a resident of Rangel's district, he has to establish residence. Only then can he run as their congressman. If he does that, will he win ? My guess is YES, especially if Rangel endorses him. Rangel's constituents will vote Democrat come hell or high water.
If Paterson is not a resident of Rangel's district, he has to establish residence.
I don't know where Paterson's residence is now, but I do know that the US Constitution would require a House member merely to be a resident of the state that he represents, not necessarily a resident of his district. (Not that 'Rats care about following constitutional niceties in general.) BTW, Paterson has long been associated with Rangel's Harlem district anyhow.
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