by Max Brantley
Jason Tolbert digs into Pulaski tax records and finds House Speaker Robert Moore has claimed a homestead property tax exemption on a house in Pulaski County, though he represents a district around his hometown of Arkansas City and is registered to vote there. Got me, says Moore. It's a mistake and will be corrected. The exemption by law may extend only to your principal place of residence.
It is interesting how Tolbert and other Republicans, in reveling in this discovery, offer not a shred of apology, only rationalization for an admitted residency violation by Republican Rep. Jane English, who moved out of her district to run for Senate. Tolbert offers the risible defense that it's OK for English because those mean old Democrats drew Senate districts in such a way that she just had to move to run. There was an option, of course. Obey the law.
Good catch on Moore. But only a blithering hypocritical dick would criticize Moore and defend English.
As I said yesterday, I didn't think Democrats would be likely to get into residency and criminal records of suspect Republicans because of the familiar cliche: There but for the grace of God ....