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He plans to run for Congress -- in 4 states
CNN ^ | 1-23-2014 | Ashley Killough

Posted on 01/23/2014 11:58:44 AM PST by smoothsailing

He plans to run for Congress -- in 4 states

By Ashley Killough, CNN

updated 1:45 PM EST, Thu January 23, 2014

(CNN) -- Allan Levene really -- really -- wants to serve in Congress.

So much so, that he plans to run in four states: Georgia. Minnesota. Michigan. Hawaii.

It's puzzling, but the Republican freely admits his strategy increases his odds of winning a House seat. As he sees it, all roads lead to Rome.

"No matter where you win a seat in Congress, you go to the same building. You do the same work," he said. "You can work for your constituents, which all have similar needs, but the key is you go to Washington and help solve the country's problems."

Legally, his strategy is possible. But it likely will be a logistical nightmare.

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The Constitution lists only a few requirements for a House member: Be at least 25, a U.S. citizen for at least seven years and a resident of the state when elected.

But the Constitution says nothing about primaries or the nominating process, and that's the heart of Levene's strategy.

Leaving out a rule that would prevent multi-state campaigns was an understandable omission by the Founding Fathers, Levene said. How could they have envisioned such an approach?

"Back then they couldn't fly from state to state," he said....

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


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1 posted on 01/23/2014 11:58:44 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

What’s with the comparison to Rome, I wonder?


2 posted on 01/23/2014 12:00:43 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: smoothsailing

Don’t states usually have a residency requirement?


3 posted on 01/23/2014 12:02:16 PM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: DannyTN

If it’s only three months, this would be legal.

However, a four-state stratergery spreads the money out a bit thinly.


4 posted on 01/23/2014 12:03:27 PM PST by warchild9
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To: DannyTN

If you could manage to build a house where Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico come together, perhaps you could satisfy the residency requirement for four states.


5 posted on 01/23/2014 12:06:33 PM PST by fhayek
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To: Olog-hai

The Roman Senate was chosen by “voting blocs,” consisting of groups of citizens determined by social class and property (”legions,” BTW).

Senators were not chosen to represent groups of people in a given geographical area. (That’s a relatively new function of parliamentary systems.)

In Rome, money determined political power, just like in the modern United States.


6 posted on 01/23/2014 12:07:24 PM PST by warchild9
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To: smoothsailing

Don’t the states require residency to run? Maybe that’s how he picked his four states, by finding the ones that didn’t. OR, maybe that stuff has been loosened in recent years by leftist chicanery, like the new CO rule that lets voters pick the jurisdiction they want to vote it. If his campaign is made possible by leftist shenanigans, I’d love to a win for him bite them in the butt. “Unintended consequences — the liberal’s bane.”


7 posted on 01/23/2014 12:07:30 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: smoothsailing
...the Republican freely admits his strategy increases his odds of winning a House seat...

What a stupid thing to write. It is not possible to ADMIT to something that is a matter of opinion.

With that said, I "freely admit" that his strategy shows a lack of commitment to the voters and a lack of seriousness on his part, and that it will REDUCE his chances of winning a seat.

8 posted on 01/23/2014 12:09:28 PM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Still Thinking

Some states require residency it in order to run and some don’t. I think he chose ones that don’t.

I am pretty sure they all require residency in order to serve.


9 posted on 01/23/2014 12:10:51 PM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: smoothsailing

Is he doing it for the right reason or simply to pad his own ego


10 posted on 01/23/2014 12:11:21 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: smoothsailing

As long as he’s playing by the rules, I’ve got no problem with it, though personally I wouldn’t want to vote for someone who only moved into my district to run for office.


11 posted on 01/23/2014 12:11:28 PM PST by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: smoothsailing
he must get elected to carry out his ideas—which include carving out a back-up territory for Israel inside of Texas, and creating a pathway for thousands of Chinese nannies to come to the U.S. and teach children how to speak Mandarin.

Let's hope all four states just say no.

12 posted on 01/23/2014 12:13:49 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: WayneS

“Some states require residency it in order to run and some don’t. I think he chose ones that don’t.”

All states require residency at the time of the election, but not during the primary.

If he wins a primary he will have to set up residency before the election to qualify.


13 posted on 01/23/2014 12:20:59 PM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are Affirmative Action for Slackers! .)
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To: Beagle8U

Oh, okay.

Thanks for the correction.


14 posted on 01/23/2014 12:23:08 PM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Izzy Dunne

i gotta laugh. he sounds like a perfect fit for the GOPe.


15 posted on 01/23/2014 12:25:44 PM PST by dadfly
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To: 4rcane

He gives this as two of his reasons for running...

“For Levene, he believes he must get elected to carry out his ideas—which include carving out a back-up territory for Israel inside of Texas, and creating a pathway for thousands of Chinese nannies to come to the U.S. and teach children how to speak Mandarin.”


16 posted on 01/23/2014 12:27:30 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: 4rcane

“He also wants to eliminate corporate income taxes. To combat “career politicians,” he wants to void pensions for members if they don’t leave office after four terms in the House or two terms in the Senate.”


17 posted on 01/23/2014 12:29:44 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Izzy Dunne
...carving out a back-up territory for Israel inside of Texas

Hmmmmmm. The federal government "carving out" pieces of a sovereign state. It appears he might not be very familiar with our Constitution.

I'm not sure how he thinks he's going to carve up Texas from a U.S. congressional seat.

Perhaps he should be running for a seat in the Texas state house. Not that he'd be any more successful at cutting up the Lone Star State from the inside, but at least it'd be legal for him to pursue it.

18 posted on 01/23/2014 12:29:46 PM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: smoothsailing
It's puzzling, but the Republican freely admits his strategy increases his odds of winning a House seat.

And decreases the chances of a legitimate republican candidate winning. (marginally)
19 posted on 01/23/2014 12:30:38 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Izzy Dunne

LOL. If he has any chance at all, it’s Georgia. It’s an open seat and he currently lives there.


20 posted on 01/23/2014 12:31:45 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: fhayek
If you could manage to build a house where Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico come together, perhaps you could satisfy the residency requirement for four states.

You'd have a lot of visitors if you built a house at Four Corners Monument!

We were there last summer...it's in the middle of nowhere!

21 posted on 01/23/2014 12:32:46 PM PST by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: fhayek

Owning property is not the same as being a resident.

Voter registration, Driver’s License, Property Tax declaration of homestead, etc. Those items show residency.

His opponents will easily show him as an outside carpet bagger interested in himself and not the area he represents.


22 posted on 01/23/2014 12:33:05 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: DannyTN
The states in general have a residency requirement only for the general election. If he wins the primary he'd move to the state and satisfy that requirement.

He may have some weird ideas but he did his homework.

23 posted on 01/23/2014 12:40:31 PM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: kevkrom

NY did for Hitlery.


24 posted on 01/23/2014 12:42:48 PM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: smoothsailing

Sounds like a stealth rat trying to fill 4 spots on the GOP ticket, ensuring 4 losses.


25 posted on 01/23/2014 12:48:25 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Night Hides Not
Does the local tribe still charge you $20 to access that silly monument? Or has the price gone up?

You've got to admit that it is a hell of a good racket for the "middle of nowhere."

26 posted on 01/23/2014 12:49:03 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Night Hides Not

Yup. And the monument would have to in the bedroom. Under the bed. A round bed. That rotates.


27 posted on 01/23/2014 12:49:53 PM PST by fhayek
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To: WayneS
...carving out a back-up territory for Israel inside of Texas

That may not be a half-bad idea as long as the Israelis get a long skinny territory on the north side of the Rio Grande. They are a hell of a lot better at controlling their borders than we are. We could even let them extend the security line all the way to the Pacific while we're at it.

28 posted on 01/23/2014 12:52:09 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: DoodleDawg

He needs to do more homework. In my experience, people tend to dislike carpetbaggers even from within their own states.

Brian Rooney moved to Michigan’s 7th district the day before announcing his candidacy and was hounded mercilessly about it till the primary day when he lost. People were sending him county maps LOL


29 posted on 01/23/2014 12:55:36 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Vigilanteman

No doubt about it. Want border security, give the borderland to Israel.


30 posted on 01/23/2014 12:57:00 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: cripplecreek
He needs to do more homework. In my experience, people tend to dislike carpetbaggers even from within their own states.

Which is why he may have more luck in the Democrat races. They love carpetbaggers.

31 posted on 01/23/2014 1:03:13 PM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: Vigilanteman
as long as the Israelis get a long skinny territory on the north side of the Rio Grande.

Hmmm. I sort of like that. The whole Mexican border is 1954 miles long, about half that in Texas. The area of Israel is 8000 sq. mi. So, if we gave them a 4-mile-wide strip along the whole border...

32 posted on 01/23/2014 1:12:38 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

I’d up the ante to five miles just to get them to take it. They would have a Pacific and a Gulf of Mexico seaport and probably even build us an elevated interstate class highway the entire length as an added security measure.


33 posted on 01/23/2014 1:18:18 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: WayneS

“It is not possible to ADMIT to something that is a matter of opinion.”
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You need to get hip to the new rules of language. In a time when supposedly intelligent people speak of things like “250 percent less” and “20,000 times smaller” as if I am supposed to know what in blazes they are trying to say they certainly should be able to admit to something that is a matter of opinion. Listen closely to some of our “leading statesmen”, you might listen for thirty minutes and not discern any actual meaning if you don’t throw up first. Even on FR some of the posts read as if they are not written in any known language as Christopher Hitchens once said of Michelle’s thesis.

What I especially love is when some nutcase liberal starts off with, “You’ve got to admit” and follows with something as absurd as the Sun rises in the West and sets in the South or Mississippi is much colder than Antarctica.

I’ll try to calm down now, I just don’t want you to fall into the trap of expecting things to actually make sense, I used to do that and it is very hazardous to your health.


34 posted on 01/24/2014 7:14:17 AM PST by RipSawyer (The TREE currently falling on you actually IS worse than a Bush.)
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