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Ed Markey’s Residency: Does It Matter?

U.S. Rep. Ed Markey laughs at Faneuil Hall in Boston Jan. 31 during John Kerry's farewell tour of Massachusetts before he becomes secretary of state. (Winslow Townson/AP)

U.S. Rep. Ed Markey laughs at Faneuil Hall in Boston Jan. 31 during John Kerry’s farewell tour of Massachusetts before he becomes secretary of state. (Winslow Townson/AP)

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and Rep. Ed Markey owns two homes: one in Malden and one in Chevy Chase, Md. His detractors say he spends too much time in Washington and has lost touch with his constituency.

While the only constitutional requirement of a U.S. representative is that one “shall be an inhabitant of that state in which he shall be chosen”, there has long been an expectation by constituents that their congressman actually live in the district.

We speak to NPR political junkie Ken Rudin to find out whether, in this day and age when the business of politics is conducted in Washington, D.C., it really even matters anymore.

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  • None

    This is ridiculous.  Every Congressman must maintain a residence in Washington, as well as, their home state.  Do you seriously expect him to fly to and from Washington weekly?  Ed Markey is a statesman and a great representative.  He and his office have been very responsive to the needs of his constituents.  I have been personally helped by them with passport issues.  A small issue to be sure.  If they can take the time to help me with somethng so trivial, I trust that they will be as effective with the bigger issues facing the commonwealth.

    • http://www.facebook.com/futo.buddy Futo Buddy

      i expect him to take Amtrak

  • http://www.facebook.com/futo.buddy Futo Buddy

    i bet he drinks sweet tea

  • None

    Non-issue, obviously.  Ken Rudin said all that needs to be said when he noted that Ed Markey is “there when it matters and he fights for his district.”   The Globe may sell papers with such silly stories but NPR has the luxury of sticking to what matters to real people — jobs, education, clean air and clean water, affordable housing, stopping gun violence and crime.

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