gotta love republicans
I suppose this is the political version of keeping your bases covered:
Allan Levene isnt absolutely convinced of his chancesin the GOP race
for the congressional seatnow held by U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey of
So the Kennesaw resident has hit on what he thinks is a unique strategy
to increase the odds that hell have a job in Washington come next year.
Hes going to run in three other congressional districts as well. In
three other states: Michigan (14thCD), Minnesota (6thCD) and Hawaii
(1stCD). The U.S. Constitution, he notes, only requires residency at
the time of next years November election.
Levene used to live in metro Detroit. Work as an IT man has sometimes
carried him to Minnesota.
Of course, living in Hawaii wouldnt be bad, but Id rather stay in
Georgia, Levine, 64, said this morning. But Im a practical man. I
dont have time to do this two years at a time, since I plan to be dead
in 10 years.
A London native but naturalized U.S. citizen, Levene has chosen an
American football analogy: Going wide rather than going long.
Levene would remain an extreme long-shot in all four races his Georgia
campaign treasury is relatively miniscule, and would be even smaller
when divided by four. But a quadruple race would be one for the books.
Levene saidhe found his loophole during his constitutional studies.The
Founding Fathers, he realized, didnt know about jet travel. People
couldnt conceive of people running in more than one geographic area,
There is apparently no legal barrier to doing this, and theres
generally no legal requirement that a candidate for Congress actually
live in the District they are running for, so Levene isnt doing
anything improper here. I cant imagine, though, that the voters in
Geogia, Michigan, Minnesota, or Hawaii are going to appreciate this one.