Friday, May 26, 2006

Little Ricky, I'm Home!

Santorum's Penn Hills "home", with unmowed lawn this week, Post Office can't deliver

Santorum's real home in Virginia, the McMansion, manicured lawn, mail goes through

Turns out for Pennsylvania Senator 'Little Ricky' Santorum, home is really Virginia. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sent a letter to his supposed Pennsylvania home and it was returned by the post office as "Not Deliverable As Addressed -- Unable To Forward." Read the whole editorial -- it's bitingly funny.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Editorial: Nobody home / Santorum tries to cover his tracks on residency

Before every election, the Post-Gazette routinely sends letters to the candidates seeking material for the Voters Guide. Back in March, as part of that process for the primary, the newspaper sent a letter to Rick Santorum at his home address, at least the one that he claims. Back from Penn Hills came the letter with a sticker from the U.S. Postal Service checked as "Not Deliverable As Addressed -- Unable To Forward."

That is all you need to know about the nasty dispute between the Republican Sen. Santorum and his Democratic opponent, Bob Casey Jr., in the November election. The whole thing is rooted in one inconvenient fact for Sen. Santorum: He doesn't live here anymore.

This should add fuel to the fire of constituents, already smarting for having to pay to educate Santorum's children in 'cyber charter school', in Virginia:

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penn Hills loses bid to charge Santorum for online school tuition
School board too late in challenging residency

Because school district officials missed the deadline for filing a challenge, Republican Sen. Rick Santorum and his wife are still considered Penn Hills residents and do not have to repay the school district for the cost of enrolling five of their six children in the online Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School.

In a ruling issued last Friday, Barry Kramer, chief hearing officer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Office of General Counsel, said "Penn Hills' inexplicable failure to object within the statutorily mandated timeline, or even within a reasonable approximation of that timeline, nullifies its tardy objection."

Estimates of the tuition paid by Penn Hills range from $34,000, which Santorum claims was paid to the cyber charter school, to $67,000, which some school board members say the district paid. Under state law, a school district must pay a fee set by the state for each resident who attends a charter school.

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