So Democrat State Rep. Jim Dunnam is on the defensive after yesterday’s barrage from the Republicans. The question here is, and always was, rather simple: Do you live in the district that you represent? Jim Dunnam doesn’t. He’s elected in District 57, but he actually lives in District 56. That’s against the state’s eligibility requirements.
Well, the Waco Trib caught up with Dunnam and asked him why there’s so much tall grass in the yard out in front of the in-districe house he claims as his residency, but which he doesn’t actually live in. You’re going to love this answer.
As far as the unmown grass on the Chilton ranch, Dunnam said that was by design.
“I cut and sell about 200 rolls of hay a year off the place,” he said, “and before I bought it was owned by the Thigpen Cattle Co. and used as a hay place.”
“Between the house and the road, it’s supposed to be high,” Dunnam said. “I do try and cut it close to the house, but I don’t do it as much as my wife wants me to.”
Riiiight. This guy is nearly a billionaire. His law firm has made a massive pile of money on hurricane lawsuits, viaticals, and probably garden variety ambulance chasing. So a) he’s likely not mowing anything himself, and b) those weeds in front of the abandoned house are just weeds.
But here’s progress of a sort – Dunnam is moving from “It’s for the children!” to “It’s for the…livestock!” Or something.
So here’s the exit question: If that stuff is hay, shouldn’t someone see tractors out in the front yard of that house where the cars with the State Official license plates are never seen?
By the way, the Waco Trib published a very helpful map along with their story that shows the districts and distances involved very clearly.