Poll: Should Candidate Live in District?

New lines put challenger to Steve Israel out of district but eligibility is unaffected.

Stephen Labate, the Republican challenger to Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, no longer lives in the district he hopes to represent.

When new congressional district lines for 2013 were drawn this week, Labate, who previously lived in Israel’s district, ended up as a resident of  the district held by U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-Seaford.  The Deer Park resident, though, said he will continue his fight to unseat Israel.

To complicate matters, the incumbents’ districts changed shape and swapped numbers, so King’s new district will be the second; Israel’s the third.

Labate is within his legal rights to live outside the district;  Article I, section 2 of the U.S. Constitution imposes few restrictions.

 “No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.”

What do you think? Should a candidate or member of Congress have to reside in the district?

George Mulligan March 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM
While I would prefer to have my representative live in the district, I think this year is an exception. Since they changed the district lines so close to the election, I would not oppose a candidate from outside the district running for the seat. Especially a candidate who has been working for the position for some time.
Nicholas Capozzi March 23, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Plan stupid, lets elect the next president who lives in Mexico.
JSC March 23, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Ok Breitbart, personalities aside, because it's obvious you don't like Steve Israel, already 61% of poll-takers here think their representative should live within the district. I agree. You have to take the current situation out of the equation and think about the future.
Mike Polansky March 23, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Why do all of these comment strings tend to degenerate into a "critique" of specific politicians. That's not the point of the exercise, guys, and we should try to stick to the topic -- we will hear more than we want to, MUCH more, about the character flaws of Steve Israel and Steve Labate over the next seven (!!!!) months, and I'm already sick of it!
Long Island Patriot March 23, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Steve Labate lives less than 2 miles outside the district. It's not his fault that they redistricted him out. In a redistricting year a candidate does not have to live in the district. Is anyone critcizing Steve Israel, who is rumored to live in Sayville since his wife threw him out and filed for divorce? Addtionally, Steve Israel has never represented Nassau or Queens. Is anyone criticizing Israel for that? There seems to be an orchestrated effort here to deligitimize Steve Labate and it is plain for all to see.
Micah Danney March 23, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Thanks, Mike.
2 Turn Tables March 24, 2012 at 11:06 AM
They should, but to echo the sentiments of previous posts. Different set of circumstances in this case.
Michael McDermott March 24, 2012 at 11:51 AM
What you conclude may be true or it just may be that many people feel their representative to Congress should live in the district. You are correct -- it's not labate fault the lies were changed. It IS his decision to want to run for congress from outside his district though. Same for Israel. If he lives in sayville that is where he should run. The law allows people to run outside their district. perhaps they should both just run in an empty upstate district. Then their ambitions to be in congress will be realized. Or move into the district they want to represent.
Urban March 24, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Thank you for removing the the "B ... lives" comments from this page. The extreme birther comments were not required to answer the residency question. Let Labate run and allow the voters to decide if his address is important.
David Pennetta March 24, 2012 at 02:53 PM
While I think it would be more desirable, I wouldn't make it a legal requirement. For example, if a candidate lived anywhere in districts 2, 3, or 4 and represented in the furthest district of those three, her or she would still be significantly closer to any issue in their district than if you lived and served in district 1 where you could be significantly more miles between your personal residence and the location of issues throughout the district.
Kris March 25, 2012 at 06:45 PM
It would seem odd that residency is being made an issue only now that a qualified and honorable candidate named Stephen Labate is challenging the liberal Democrat incumbent who's held that office for 11 years. There seems to be pretty compelling evidence that the incumbent, Steve Israel, has resided way outside of his Congressional District for some time now. Steve Labate, on the other hand, now resides outside of the newly redistricted C.D.3 not by choice, but by the actions of others. Steve Israel chose to reside outside of the former C.D.2 and the current C.D.3. I fail to see any question of Labate's eligibility; Steve Israel's arrogance is quite another matter.
Brietbart is TRUTH! March 26, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Brietbart is TRUTH! March 26, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Integrity - adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty. Not a difficult noun to understand, so let’s use the litmus test on Stephen A. Labate. Stephen A. Labate – Served his country faithfully and risked his life fighting for America in a foreign country known as Iraq. He did this without question for his own security and as to whether he would return to see his newborn twins or beautiful wife. Stephen A. Labate continues to serve his country in any way possible and is currently in the military reserves as a Lt. Colonel. Stephen A. Labate has never promised anything to anyone that he has failed to deliver upon. His ethics, his integrity and his judgment are above reproach and for a malcreant like john rennhack who is a steve Israel surrogate to cast dispersions upon the integrity of someone so noble as Stephen A. Labate is not only despicable but sheer desperation on the part of the steve Israel camp.
Brietbart is TRUTH! March 26, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Now let’s examine the ethics, integrity and judgment of steve Israel or the lack thereof. Steve Israel claims to his constituents to be a moderate, yet he has voted nearly 100% of the time with the far left loon Pelosi. He has consistently voted for liberal spending bills that have helped in the bankrupting of America, caused taxes to increase, business to leave Long Island and to impair the quality of life of his constituents. Steve Israel has voted for the auto bailouts, tarp, wall street bailouts, green payoffs, porkulus bills, union payoffs in return for endorsements and contributions, the failed obama stimulus and of course the job killing healthcare destroying obamacare. Steve Israel counts as his friends, ACORN, WFP which is a front/sister group to ACORN, SEIU, Wall street donors and anyone else that will help line his pockets. One of his close allies and co-chair on the DCCC is Jim Rogers who has a legacy of heading the infamous Enron, and who has received as co-chair $230,000,000 in loan guarantees. Steve Israel has called the thugs and anti-semites of “OWS” the true Americans and with the American Nazi and the American Communist parties, endorsed their destructive and repugnant activities.
Brietbart is TRUTH! March 26, 2012 at 02:34 PM
In addition, steve Israel has shown his integrity by cheating on not one wife but two wives and at the same time having an affair with his intern and or interns. But, that is nothing new for democrats (ie. Bubba Clinton & John Edwards). Lastly, in his decade plus employ as a congressman, steve Israel has done virtually nothing to justify collecting a salary. He has renamed 2 post offices during his tenure, and that is it for bills that he has written or had enacted by congress. Think about it, over a million dollars in salary and that’s what his claim to fame is. He has had sexual liaisons with more interns than bills he has authored and gotten enacted. So, in retrospect, when questioning integrity one needs to simply look at the facts and we can see how Stephen A. Labate stands head and shoulders over a corrupt, inept politician named steve israel!
Brietbart is TRUTH! March 26, 2012 at 02:35 PM


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