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Hunter bunks at his office in Washington
San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 6/26/2012 | Aaron Burgin

Posted on 06/26/2012 10:44:06 AM PDT by South40

When Rep. Duncan Hunter finishes a work day on Capitol Hill, he doesn’t retreat to a condominium or a house in the Washington, D.C., suburbs, like many of his congressional colleagues.

Instead, the 52nd District representative heads back to his office in The Cannon House Office Building, pulls out an inflatable camping pad, and sleeps. He showers after working out at a local gym.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections
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I'm sure Pelosi, Rangel, et al do the same. /s
1 posted on 06/26/2012 10:44:10 AM PDT by South40
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To: South40

Almost anywhere else in the country this would be a crime. But our betters don’t need to follow the rules do they?


2 posted on 06/26/2012 10:48:28 AM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Another day. Another small provocation. Another step closer.)
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To: Drill Thrawl

“But our betters don’t need to follow the rules do they?”

?? Please explain in detail.


3 posted on 06/26/2012 11:10:17 AM PDT by panaxanax (Voting 'Third Party' will ensure a Communist-Marxist-Socialist dominated Supreme Court!)
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To: Drill Thrawl

If it is a crime, that’s ridiculous. I think that he’s doing the smart thing - saves time & money. Why blow a bunch of cash on rent and commuting?


4 posted on 06/26/2012 11:16:01 AM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: South40

Former military combat officer Hunter probably has slept many nights in less comfortable places than his Congressional office...

Those who have had the Hunters (both son and father) as the reps have been blessed with the truly Real American political family out there


5 posted on 06/26/2012 11:18:29 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (When I said "close the borders", I did not mean the bookstore chain)
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To: South40

I’ll bet it smells funky in there.


6 posted on 06/26/2012 11:30:34 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Drill Thrawl
Please read the article. It is just the opposite of what you are thinking. He is flying home every weekend to go home in CA, rather than make his home in DC.

In the Marine Corps, we call it being a "geographical bachelor." Having been a "geographical bachelor" myself, it is a very hard life. Your moments with your family are few but transportation and family relationship costs are high. It is like being in a long endurance race, with the focus not on yourself, but others. Very commendable, but a really hard row to plow.

OBTW, sleeping in his office is allowed.

7 posted on 06/26/2012 11:30:43 AM PDT by fini
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To: panaxanax
“But our betters don’t need to follow the rules do they?”

?? Please explain in detail.

I think I did by stating that it is against the law to "live" in your office just about everywhere except DC.

8 posted on 06/26/2012 11:43:44 AM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Another day. Another small provocation. Another step closer.)
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To: South40

Sadly the legislature became pretty much full time after the introduction of air conditioning.

I think previously it was so hot and humid they gave the taxpayers a little relief in the summer time by adjourning.


9 posted on 06/26/2012 11:47:32 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Last Dakotan
I’ll bet it smells funky in there.

You would lose that bet. I've visited Hunter in his office. I've sat in his chair. I spent a good 30 mins in his office and I never smelled anything bad.

10 posted on 06/26/2012 11:51:21 AM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: Drill Thrawl
I think I did by stating that it is against the law to "live" in your office just about everywhere except DC.

Really? Just about everywhere you say? Good luck backing that one up. It looks like you just doubled down on your own ignorant post!

11 posted on 06/26/2012 11:52:27 AM PDT by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: SeminoleCounty
Those who have had the Hunters (both son and father) as the reps have been blessed with the truly Real American political family out there

Sr is my neighbor and my friend; I've known him since the early 80s. He was my Representative when he served in congress. His son was my Rep also until redistricting. Now I am represented by the liberal kook Susan Davis. Ugg.

12 posted on 06/26/2012 11:54:03 AM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: NativeSon

Why blow a bunch of cash on rent and commuting?

Because the tax payers give him a monthly housing allowance of around 4000 dollars a month for him to live and he is pocketing the money. If he would refuse the 4 grand than I would be impressed. He is using government property for his housing AND getting paid for it. Yep that should be a crime.


13 posted on 06/26/2012 12:02:54 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Ronaldus Magnus; Drill Thrawl

Sorry RM. You are the ignorant one. You think that you can live where you work? Are you on drugs? Seriously try saying to your boss in any work environment that you want to move in (or sleep on the couch 5 days out of 7) and he will reject the idea completely. I know most folks cannot use their place of work as their living area. I don’t know if you didn’t understand Drill Thrawl or what, but you are 100 percent incorrect!!!!!


14 posted on 06/26/2012 12:07:58 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: napscoordinator
If he would refuse the 4 grand than I would be impressed.

Be impressed Naps. There is no 'housing allowance'. Members of congress can get a $3000 tax deduction to mitigate the cost of renting a place while in Washington. Since Hunter does not rent a place he cannot receive the deduction.

They even get a special tax deduction of $3,000 to write off living expenses when away from their congressional districts or home states.

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2010/08/04/Congress-Living-High-on-the-Backs-of-Taxpayers.aspx#page2

15 posted on 06/26/2012 12:13:14 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: Ronaldus Magnus
Sigh, Another Freeper resorts to personal attacks for what he does not understand.

In a previous life, I worked for a civil engineering firm. One of my duties while I was there was to ressearch zoning codes to see what was legal or illegal for a given property be it residential, commericial or industrial. In everytown and city I reseached it was illegal for a person to habitate in a commericial (read office or small business) or industrial zone building.

Millions of people may do it and get away with it but it is generally illegal.

16 posted on 06/26/2012 12:14:43 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Another day. Another small provocation. Another step closer.)
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To: Drill Thrawl
Where is it that it's illegal to sleep in your office? I've slept in an office in VA, CT, NYC, FL, NC, CA, Bangkok, Manila and Nanjing, China. Never has anyone said that it was anything but frugal.

If you say something like this on FR, you should be able to back it up.

BTW, those locations I mentioned above, were places that I availed myself of the office couch, fold out bed, or futon for months at a time. Not just a night here and there.

17 posted on 06/26/2012 12:15:29 PM PDT by Wingy (Don't blame me. I voted for the chick. I hope to do so again.)
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To: Wingy

My office is less than 5 miles from my home so I rarely sleep there. But I have on several occasions and it defies logic to say doing so was illegal.


18 posted on 06/26/2012 12:20:19 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: napscoordinator
Another interesting read for you Naps.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ombudsman-blog/2009/06/how_seeds_of_truth_can_sometim.html

19 posted on 06/26/2012 12:21:20 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: Drill Thrawl
Almost anywhere else in the country this would be a crime. But our betters don’t need to follow the rules do they?

Really now... care to explain? He's saving the taxpayers huge amounts of lodging $$$ by bunking at the worksite.

20 posted on 06/26/2012 12:25:20 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: Drill Thrawl

If that’s Hunter’s worst offense, then it works for this taxpayer.


21 posted on 06/26/2012 12:27:59 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: napscoordinator
I don't think they get any housing allowance at all.

Here is an article about dozens of legislators staying in their offices.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20027746-503544.html

Also I remember a story on the TV about Chuck Schumer and his three off four fellow Senates splitting a house to defray the costs of living in DC since they do not get an allowance. I know for a fact their isn't one benefit Schumer would ever turn down, so I think that there isn't an allowance for that.

22 posted on 06/26/2012 12:30:13 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: napscoordinator

good luck finding something half decent in DC for 4K$/month


23 posted on 06/26/2012 12:35:47 PM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: NativeSon

I believe the Kennedys spent most of their time in the pubs. Hawk & Dove is a good one.


24 posted on 06/26/2012 12:41:10 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: Jim from C-Town
I don't think they get any housing allowance at all.

There isn't. But it's an honest mistake to believe there is. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ombudsman-blog/2009/06/how_seeds_of_truth_can_sometim.html

25 posted on 06/26/2012 12:49:49 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: Last Dakotan

Febreeze works wonders


26 posted on 06/26/2012 12:50:59 PM PDT by fantail 1952 (Common sense policy: Help your friends. Whip your enemies. Sort out the rest later.)
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To: napscoordinator
Sorry RM. You are the ignorant one.

I think the pitifully ignorant assertion you made in post #13 about Hunter getting a "monthly housing allowance of around 4000 dollars a month" which was factually refuted in posts #15 and #22 shows who the "ignorant one" really is!

You think that you can live where you work? Are you on drugs? Seriously try saying to your boss in any work environment that you want to move in (or sleep on the couch 5 days out of 7) and he will reject the idea completely.

Reject it all you want, but until someone backs up the foolish statement in post #2 that "almost anywhere else in the country this would be a crime", your rejection means nothing.

I know most folks cannot use their place of work as their living area. I don’t know if you didn’t understand Drill Thrawl or what, but you are 100 percent incorrect!!!!!

Your spouting off about what you know means nothing on an anonymous internet forum. The burden of proof is on the original assertion. Back it up or shut it up.

27 posted on 06/26/2012 1:36:03 PM PDT by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: Drill Thrawl
Sigh, Another Freeper resorts to personal attacks for what he does not understand. In a previous life, I worked for a civil engineering firm.

Your alleged work experience means nothing on an anonymous internet forum. I challenged the foolish statement you made in your post #2 that "almost anywhere else in the country this would be a crime." You have yet to back it up.

One of my duties while I was there was to ressearch zoning codes to see what was legal or illegal for a given property be it residential, commericial or industrial. In everytown and city I reseached it was illegal for a person to habitate in a commericial (read office or small business) or industrial zone building.

You may have been some kind of lackey in a civil engineering firm, but you clearly aren't an attorney. In what "towns and cities" were first time zoning use violations considered crimes? Can you even name one? I doubt your whole story.

Millions of people may do it and get away with it but it is generally illegal.

This gets back to your original statement. The burden of proof is on the person who made the assertion. Many posters on this thread have challenged you. You allege that a sitting U.S. congressman is engaging in what would normally be criminal behavior. Prove your assertion or retract it. Otherwise your are just another foolish internet blowhard spouting off and doubling down on libelous drivel.

28 posted on 06/26/2012 1:41:18 PM PDT by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: South40

“Hawk & Dove is a good one”

Your kidding right? It’s a hell hole IMHO.


29 posted on 06/26/2012 2:16:09 PM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: bjorn14

Reread my post. I meant it’s a good place for a Kennedy to dwell.


30 posted on 06/26/2012 2:18:10 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: South40
I spent a good 30 mins in his office and I never smelled anything bad.

You ever been in one of them Febreeze commercials?

31 posted on 06/26/2012 2:37:30 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Drill Thrawl
Almost anywhere else in the country this would be a crime. But our betters don’t need to follow the rules do they?

I think you win the prize for FR's most unintelligible comment of the day. Or did you paste something from another thread inadvertently? Doesn't matter -- you still win.

32 posted on 06/26/2012 2:41:10 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Drill Thrawl
I think I did by stating that it is against the law to "live" in your office just about everywhere except DC.

Oh! So that's your point. Is it really? Wouldn't it be up to the employer? And he really hasn't set up house there -- he just sleeps there after work some nights. Never in my life have I heard of a law against sleeping in your office.

33 posted on 06/26/2012 2:47:23 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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