Day 2 of Dunnamgate: Dunnam Still Doesn’t Live in District 57

27 Aug

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.


Posted by on August 27, 2010 in politics


5 responses to “Day 2 of Dunnamgate: Dunnam Still Doesn’t Live in District 57

  1. MJSamuelson

    August 27, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    That map ought to be distributed to every voter in HD 57.

  2. Saddlesore

    August 27, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Isn’t there some relatively straightforward way to disqualify this guy if he does not live in the district?

  3. Alan Smithee

    August 27, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Actually, taking a residency case to court – the most straightforward way to deal with it from a legal point of view at least – is unlikely to succeed no matter how strong the evidence might be. Judges are just rightly reluctant to take someone off a ballot. So that being the case, probably the best way to deal with it is to lay out the facts and let the district’s voters decide.


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