From Around the Blogroll

The Five on Fox put up the above photo; hat tip to Gretchen for it.

Gretchen noted that the Distinguished Gentleman’s money woes began when his wealthy (third) wife kicked him to the curb, and his Wikipedia biography lists four ethical “controversies” associated with Mr Moran.

Jim Moran, a Democrat, represents the eighth district of Virginia, which is the Arlington area. He is one of the few congressmen who are fortunate enough to be able to live in their districts and commute to work in the Capitol, so it’s pretty difficult for me to have a lot of sympathy for his financial plight.1 I have a bit of sympathy for congressmen from Wyoming or Kentucky, who have to maintain a separate residence in the Washington area — and :

The Huffington Post contacted every freshman House member of the 113th Congress, and more than two-thirds responded. Of those, four confirmed that their offices would double as their Capitol Hill homes.

Reps. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) are the newest members of Congress who have elected to live in their offices, staff members confirmed.

When asked why, a spokesperson for each of the four declined to give additional reasons.

The concept of lawmakers sleeping in their offices is nothing new. However, the trend — which was a practice popularized in the 1990s by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) — gained new fervor after the 2010 elections.

In 2011, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington reported that at least 33 members of Congress — 21 of them freshmen — lived in their offices. Although a few Democrats have taken to sleeping in their offices, the practice is more popular with conservative members: Republicans made up 26 of the 33 representatives taking up residence in their offices, according to CREW.

Some lawmakers who were elected in 2010, like Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), have continued to sleep in their offices despite making an annual congressional salary of $174,000 — roughly four times that of the average American.

But for Mr Moran, no, I have no sympathy at all.

And now on to what’s happening in the blogosphere this week:


  1. I’d point out here that, when he was a Senator, Joe Biden used Amtrak to commute daily to his home in northern Delaware.
  2. In the case cited, the accused would probably have been acquitted by even the looser preponderance of the evidence standard used in civil cases.

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