Sen. Landrieu Subpoenaed to Defend La. Residency Claims

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Thursday, 04 Sep 2014 09:49 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu has been issued a subpoena for a court hearing Friday to defend her state residency claims.

The Times-Picayune reported that Landrieu – who is Louisiana's only remaining statewide Democratic official and considered one of the most vulnerable lawmakers in Congress running for re-election this fall – hadn't seen the subpoena by Thursday night and was unlikely to appear in court.

"We have not yet received any kind of request, and we expect the court to quickly dismiss this tired claim," Landrieu spokesman Fabien Levy told the newspaper.

Republican state Rep. Paul Hollis is suing Landrieu, charging she lives full-time in Washington, D.C., and isn't a state resident.

Landrieu has listed her parents' home in New Orleans as her state residence; she owns the house with her eight siblings and mother, the newspaper notes. She owns a home with her husband in Washington, D.C.

Hollis had been one of the challengers to Landrieu's re-election, but closed his campaign in July. Two GOP candidates, Louisiana Rep. Bill Cassidy and tea party candidate Rob Maness, are still in the race.

The residency flap has put the incumbent on the defensive as she fights to hold onto her Senate seat.

"Mary Landrieu needs to be held accountable to the fact she hasn't lived in Louisiana for a very long time, and people in our state need to know this," Hollis told Breitbart News.

"That's a challenging threshold to have two residences, but I expect more than the silly explanation that she lives with her parents."

But one legal expert thinks the residency challenge is likely to fail.

Congress has the final say on whether Landrieu meets the residency requirement to serve in the Senate, and the law requires only that she be a resident of Louisiana on election day, according to LSU law professor John Baker, the Times-Picayune reports.

"I certainly hope her time in federal office comes to an end soon. A legal challenge under Louisiana law to her qualifications to be on the upcoming ballot, however, will fail," Baker wrote in an opinion piece for the Times-Picayune.

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