Carpetbagging Scandal Threatens Powerful TX Congressman
The Pierson campaign grew from disillusionment with the 17-year incumbent Sessions among many voters in District 32, whom Sessions has represented for the last 11 years. They complain that Sessions hampered efforts to create a House Select Committee on Benghazi, that he argued against efforts to defund Obamacare, and that he has voted for ever-increasing levels of spending.
Residency issues can have a powerful impact. According to the Senate Conservatives Fund, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) suffered a 28-point collapse in his primary race with challenger Dr. Milton Wolf after it was reported that Roberts had misled voters about his residency for years. Roberts now polls below 50 percent.
Says Russ Ramsland, leader of the Preston Hollow/Park Cities Leadership Forum, a grassroots citizens organization in Dallas:
The issue of Pete's veracity is beginning to overtake even the issue of his geography. People aren't liking his attempts at deception even more than the fact he doesn't live here. It's all so Washington.