Wanted: a registered voter in Kerr County, Texas who hates Karl Rove as much as we do. AP:
The Texas Secretary of State’s office doesn’t have jurisdiction to investigate a watchdog group’s complaint that presidential adviser Karl Rove may be illegally voting in Texas, a spokesman said Wednesday.Rove has been receiving for 3 1/2 years a homestead tax break and cap on his property tax for his Washington, D.C., home, valued at more than $1.1 million. He also was getting a homestead exemption in Texas for his Austin home he sold in 2003.
Spokesman Scott Haywood said complaints about a voter’s residency must be investigated by county officials. He also said the group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, did not have standing to file the complaint against Rove. Such complaints would have to be filed by another registered voter in Kerr County, the county where Rove is registered…
CREW sent the complaint Tuesday after the Washington Post reported that local residents, including the Democratic Party chairman, said they never have seen Rove or his wife in the two rental cottages that they claim as their residence for voting purposes…
Elizabeth Reyes, an elections attorney in the Secretary of State’s election division, told the Post that property ownership “doesn’t make that a residence.”
…All this arose because Rove has been receiving for 3 1/2 years a homestead tax break and cap on his property tax for his Washington, D.C., home, valued at more than $1.1 million. He also was getting a homestead exemption in Texas for his Austin home he sold in 2003.
Washington officials changed the district’s homestead exemption law in 2002, making the tax break available only to Washington property owners who don’t vote elsewhere. The White House took the blame for Rove’s error in claiming the Washington exemption.
“The White House took the blame?” I guess Bush has run out of people to blame for his bad judgement and corrupt cronies, so now he’s blaming buildings.
Come on, there must be a Kerr County voter who would like to see Rove not be held above the law, just once. Anybody?