The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

31 July 2008

Rep Robert Wexler (D-FL) Had No Residence In District


Talk Hosts Call Attention To Wexler's Deceit

When they focus directly and aggressively on a single issue, talk hosts are often able to produce the greatest results.

Case in point: Rep Robert Wexler (D-FL), who has been forced to change his deceitful ways after pressure from Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and others.

Until O'Reilly brought to light the fact that Wexler didn't live in his congressional district, or even in Florida at all, the public was completely unaware of the issue. But with the spotlight on Wexler's dishonesty, the longtime Democrat has found himself compelled to rent an apartment in the area he represents.

That has even the traditionally-hostile south Florida press acknowledging O'Reilly's role. From the Palm Beach Post:

Wexler's chief of staff, Eric Johnson, said Wexler mistakenly signed paperwork declaring the Maryland house his primary residence when he bought it in 1997 and corrected the error in 2003 when it was brought to his attention.

Johnson said the signature on the loan document was not the same as a legal declaration of residency but was an affirmation that Wexler would be living in the house "for a good majority of the time" rather than renting it out.

Even if Wexler called the Maryland home his primary residence, Johnson contended, he still would be a Florida resident. Johnson cited an 1879 Florida Supreme Court ruling that said a Gainesville man did not lose his Florida residency when "attending to the duties of a public office" in Washington.

Wexler, a six-term incumbent who has never faced a serious reelection challenge in his heavily Democratic district, has been under fire since Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly accused him last week of being a bogus Floridian. The O'Reilly Factor showed footage of a Fox News producer confronting Wexler with residency questions in the driveway of Wexler's house in the Maryland suburbs of Washington.

O'Reilly was led to the story by Republican Ed Lynch, who is running for Wexler's Palm Beach-Broward congressional seat.

Lynch claimed vindication Tuesday, saying Wexler's decision to rent an apartment in the district is "tantamount to admitting guilt."

A similar reaction came from Wexler's other challenger, no-party candidate Ben Graber, who also has hammered Wexler on the residency issue. "I guess he's admitting that he doesn't live here," Graber said.

For his part, Limbaugh had this to say:

RUSH: Bob Wexler is going to lease an apartment in his Florida district. Do you remember this came up? Congressman Wexler does not have a Florida residence. He lists his Florida residence as his mother's place but he's got three kids, and they do not allow kids where his mother lives. He's never there! He comes down here for appearances. He says he pays property taxes in Maryland. There is no state income tax in Florida. So after the hubbub, he's going to lease an apartment in his Florida district. "Stung by claims he doesn't really live in Florida, Wexler said today that he'll lease an apartment in his congressional district rather than declaring residency at the home of his in-laws." He got caught! He doesn't live here! And nobody's upset about it.

This story is from the Palm Beach Post. "My wife Laurie and I have decided to lease a residence of our own in Palm Beach County." Way to go, Bob! Way to clear up the mess. But I remember Ann Coulter. They tried to put her in jail voting in what they said was in a wrong precinct, they tried to turn that into some kind of a major crime. Here Wexler pretty much admits he doesn't live here. He's going to lease a place in Palm Beach County, probably down in Boca someplace. Way to go, Bob, way to go, way to square it.

In a time where the national GOP has become wildly ineffective in aggressively pursuing corruption on the other side of the aisle, it is now up to talk hosts to fill the void. This week's example proves they're thankfully up to the task.

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  • yet the drug addled filth, Limbaigh won't mention the political jailing of former governer of Alabama Spiegalman, featured on 60 minutesd (for 10 minutes. Jailed for being a democrat.

    I guess that's not a big deal, but this is.
    Limbaugh is filth, Wexler is an American hero.

    Take arms
    fight the fascist scum that is destroying America

    Arrest Rove
    Arrest limbugh
    Arrest the board of clear channel, for continuing to pay this filthy traitor

    fight the filthy right



    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 31 July, 2008 14:23  

  • wouldn't it be a better effort to fight ALL corruption and lack of ethics, rather than simply on a partisan basis?

    You really don't care about the USA at all, just like Limbaugh and O'Reilly - it's all about dollars.

    Oh, and by the way, you obviously don't have enough of those dollars yourself yet, because this article is simply yet another thinly-disguised partisan political pundit ass-kissing to hopefully get 30 seconds of air-time on their shows.

    you're an awesome ass-kisser, Maloney - hope your wife doesn't mind that it's usually the asses of guys...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 31 July, 2008 16:48  

  • And how did Bill O'Reilly get the info? He sent one of his mafia goon thug stalkers out to Robert Wexler's private property to harass him and stalk him, in order to sweat out an answer. And this article proves that the Radio"equalizer" approves of mafia methods to blackmail information out of left-leaning politicians.

    Hey, since this site uses comment moderation: How about Michael Reagan saying he wants to blow up babies with hand grenades?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 31 July, 2008 16:49  

  • Can't believe a "Spiegelman" would defend a "Wexler"...further proof that America is dooomed because of their interference in Europe in the 1940's. Hitler was doing the work of GOD.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 31 July, 2008 17:19  

  • Conservative talk radio and the conservative controlled ma$$ media are responsible for EVERYTHING that has failed in the USA over the past 10 years.

    BTW - It's Don Siegelman(D)
    an "American Political Prisoner"
    His election was stolen Electronically Over Night.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 31 July, 2008 21:46  

  • Why weren't these right wing NUTS appauled at the fact that Cheney has done the same exact thing? He was supposedly representing Texas when he ran with Bush but his main residence is in Wyoming. The double standard still works for the Repukes.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 01 August, 2008 05:35  

  • Malmo Blue asks the question: And how did Bill O'Reilly get the info?

    And then she answers her own question with perverted moonbat logic.

    The answer is O'Reilly's staff relied on classic old school journalism skills. Instead of sitting on their butts all day, using Google to search the internet, they hit the road, asked the right questions and nailed the scum bag Democrat Congressman.

    Great scoop O'Reilly!

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 01 August, 2008 08:43  

  • The left-wing loons are getting dumber with time. I guess that is why they use anonymous so often - they are embarrassed by their lack of knowledge.

    From 1995 until 2000, Dick Cheney lived in Texas because he served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. George W. Bush asked Cheney to quit and join the campaign. That is when Cheney moved back to Wyoming.

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 01 August, 2008 09:42  

  • Re. Anonymous Comments

    Mr Benson your a smart guy . . .

    Liberals, Progressive etc. have been targeted for speaking out under this conservative (nazi) admin. and shutdown, shut out shut up.

    I.E. Don Siegelman

    Mr Benson, Obviously YOU Want to do the same.

    I am impressed! that Brian Maloney even allows post's that don't agree with him.

    Mr Benson, Look at what folks like you have done to this country!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 01 August, 2008 12:43  

  • Brian:

    You know you've made it when a boy in Sweden creates a website just to be the anti-site of yours. I visited and learned that Rush is a threat to all that's good and decent in Sweden.

    The new generation of lefty trolls on your site make Hashfanatic seem almost sane in retrospect.


    Demand Utopia Globally
    Toss Your Feces Locally

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 01 August, 2008 15:39  

  • Thank you (I think....)


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 01 August, 2008 17:04  

  • Re: Emerson

    People are fighting and dying for democracy in Iraq, just so Rush Limbaugh can destroy the democratic system. History will show that "Operation Chaos" was nothing but an failed attempt to destroy democracy in America.

    Oh well, never mind. Rush Limbaugh is God and Jesus H. Christ in the same body. Forget I mentioned it. This message has no message. Rise for the flag salute.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 02 August, 2008 07:18  

  • Wow, what a lot of sour grapes. Great article because everything in it is true, and thus all the comments trying to divert to other unrelated issues-right out of the liberal playbook.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 02 August, 2008 23:17  

  • obviously, my comment to decry partisanship and instead campaign to end _ALL_ corruption wasn't sexy enough for anyone's consideration.

    admit it, everyone --> in the end, you simply love being partisan, and have no interest in anything being addressed, corrected or fixed, as that would end the idiotic football-fan style of politics you all enjoy.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 August, 2008 00:08  

  • Fact is more often than not Billo and his Goons end up at the short end of the stick and cutting room floor. . .

    Cuz when your as morally bankrupt as Billo ... all the Good guys look bad!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 August, 2008 01:46  

  • tj ~ It's kinda tough to to "decry partisanship" when someone's got their foot on your neck ... kapeesh!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 August, 2008 01:54  

  • Mixing Liberalism & truth is like mixing oil & water. They just don't go together. 90% of the comments here are concrete proof of that statement. Liberals cannot debate. Diversionary tactics such as name calling, surrounding the wagons, & changing the subject are their only defense when one of their own gets caught in the wrong. They are hilarious in a mentally disturbed sort of way though, aren't they. Hypocracy, thy name is Liberal!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 03 August, 2008 17:50  

  • The Truth is Libstomper you have no argument just violence /TERRORISM.

    "CLUB A LIBERAL!" By Libstomper

    Libstomper where did you learn such fine debating skills? ... limbaugh

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 04 August, 2008 10:48  

  • Libstomper

    talking sh*T

    I'm waiting for conservative f*ck faces tro start the civil war, I'm armed to the teeth

    Lib stomper, I want to pump bullets into your skull, you filthy vermin

    Expose the right
    Exterminate the right
    Save America

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 04 August, 2008 15:15  

  • It is time for the LEFT to violently revolt and remove the radical right from this nation

    enough is enough

    they are nazi scum

    Limbaugh is filth
    the entire right wing movement is filth

    I would personally slaughter you like the filthy pig you are
    you are filth

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 04 August, 2008 15:19  

  • This is a total non-issue, and Rush was's his in-laws he lives with when returning to his district.
    He lives with his family, so he's a bad guy and a cheat.
    Yet to assuage his critics Wexler rented an apartment, a totally useless act to sooth the savage Repuplic party.
    Family values my a$$.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 06 August, 2008 02:25  

  • Wexler is going to end up in prison. Check this out:

    That's just the tip of the iceberg! Wexler's going down. That's why Obama didn't offer him a position in his Administration.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 25 January, 2009 21:12  

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