Sen. Lugar Addresses Residency Concern

By Stephanie Parkinson

February 25, 2012 Updated Feb 26, 2012 at 9:21 AM EST

BLUFFTON, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A mild controversy surrounds Indiana Senator Richard Lugar as he gears up for this years’ reelection campaign. Saturday he met with supporters in Bluffton where the senator said questions about his residency shouldn’t be the focus of this campaign because there are more important issues.

It’s an issue his GOP opponent has pushed hard in his campaign across the state. He says by not living in the state Lugar is "out of touch" with his voters.

Lugar points out that the attorney general has confirmed he is a resident of Indiana. Lugar also told Indiana’s NewsCenter he pays Indiana taxes and says the law states that if you are serving your country, you remain a resident of the state you lived in before your service began. In Lugar's case that’s Indiana. Right now, Lugar says his home address is in Virginia.

"The job is to represent Indiana by voting in Washington, to take part in the committee hearings. I've chaired the agriculture committee. Then I come to Indiana to visit with constituents. I've been doing this for 35 years, now whether my opponent has been around for all that time is something else," said Senator Richard Lugar, Indiana (R).

Lugar says though he spends a lot of time away from the state he's been back to Indiana at least a half a dozen times this year alone.

He says his main focus for this campaign is creating jobs. One way he says he's trying to bring jobs is by fighting for the Keystone pipeline. A venture he claims would bring 20,000 jobs to the U.S. to construct the oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.




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