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Posted: Tuesday, 02 September 2014 10:26AM

Lawsuit over Landrieu's LA residency not likely to succeed



Republican Paul Hollis, a former challenger to Democratic U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu this year, has filed a lawsuit against the incumbent claiming she cannot represent Louisiana because she does not live in the state.

The U.S. Constitution sets a pretty low bar to clear in order to run for the senate -- a candidate must be registered to vote in the state where they are running and be an "inhabitant" of that state. According to the Louisiana Secretary of State's office, Mary Landrieu is registered to vote in Louisiana, with a New Orleans address.

University of Louisiana-Monroe political science professor Joshua Stockley
says it's not about to derail Landrieu's senate campaign, Although it will create a small distraction.

 
"Because instead of talking about other issues like oil and gas, education, and her chairmanship," Stockley explained, "she's going to have to spend a little bit of time defending the fact that she is a Louisiana resident."
 
Hollis dropped out of the race and threw his support to Republican Representative Bill Cassidy.  He filed the lawsuit Friday.  Stockley says this lawsuit has no impact to Hollis, himself. 
"He's merely trying to help Bill Cassidy and help Republicans defeat Senator Landrieu," Stockley said.

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People : Bill CassidyJoshua StockleyMary LandrieuPaul Hollis
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