Tennessee political residency racket foiled

The Tennessee Legislature’s plot to eliminate a Trumpy candidate from the ballot this year has failed. Morgan Ortagus, who worked in President Trump’s State Department, moved to Nashville last year and is running for an Open House seat. A week before the April 7 filing deadline, the legislature passed a bill requiring three years of residency.

It may be unconstitutional, but it also stinks like swamp. A key sponsor of the bill is backing one of Ms Ortagus’ opponents, former State House Speaker Beth Harwell. What an exclusive little club. Governor Bill Lee neither signed nor vetoed the residency legislation. No action by the Tennessee chief executive means a bill becomes law after 10 days. It happened on Wednesday.


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