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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

 5:03 PM 

Ribble responds to questions over residency

GOP U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble this afternoon pushed back against complaints that he no longer lives in the 8th CD, saying any questions over his personal ties to the area “are just ridiculous.”

Ribble has a home in Sherwood, which is just outside of the 8th CD that covers northeastern Wisconsin. He said in a statement he put the home up for sale last year, but it has not sold and is being pulled off the market until things turn around.

Under the redistricting maps Republicans drew this year to cover the 2012 elections, Ribble's Sherwood home will be in the newly configured 8th CD.

State Dem Party chairman Mike Tate asked in a statement whether Ribble had ever lived in the 8th and whether he interfered in the redistricting process to include his family's home in the new district.

"Clearly, he has taken steps to hide the truth about his residency," Tate said.

Ribble’s office pointed out in a statement that the U.S. Constitution does not require lawmakers to live in the district they represent.

“Northeast Wisconsin is my home and always will be, and that fact has made serving the people of Wisconsin more meaningful than words can describe,” Ribble said. “I said last year when asked from time to time about this issue that the Constitution doesn’t care where I sleep at night -- and with my schedule that’s about all I’m doing at that house … sleeping."


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