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A Media Ambush in Rep. Wexler vs. Bill O'Reilly

Is this the season for media ambushing of unsuspecting politicians, or what? The latest victim is Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), who was caught off guard by Fox News cameras in the driveway of his suburban Maryland home.

Fox News, fueled by talk show host Bill O'Reilly, who admitted he had a vendetta against the congressman, was out to prove that Wexler resides in Rockville, Md., rather than in Florida, where he represents most of south Palm Beach County and parts of north Broward County.

Wexler is upfront about living in Maryland, where he pays property taxes and sends his three children to Jewish day school. But he claims his wife's parents' home in Palm Beach County as his official residence. (He writes about his living arrangement in his new autobiography, "Fire-Breathing Liberal.")

After Fox News cameras ambushed Wexler in the driveway of his Rockville, Md. home, O'Reilly went on the air Tuesday night and said Wexler is pulling a "ruse" on his constituents and "doesn't look like he has any tie to Florida at all."

O'Reilly, as you can see in this video clip, is angry at Wexler, who is Barack Obama's Florida campaign chairman, for sending an email to his supporters encouraging them to sign a petition accusing Fox News Channel of racism in its coverage of Obama.

O'Reilly admitted he was attacking Wexler for his "smear" against Fox.

"The only public person we know that's helping MoveOn smear FOX News is far left Congressman Robert Wexler," O'Reilly said on Fox News Wednesday. "Now last night, we reported Wexler doesn't even live in Florida, using a house owned by his mother-in-law as a phantom residence. Wexler's opponent for his House seat, Edward Lynch, has called for the FBI to investigate. Be that as it may. We are holding Wexler accountable for his smear against FNC."

Wexler shot back, accusing O'Reilly of sending cameras to his home for retribution.

"This is simply nothing more than a baseless political attack by my Republican opponent that is being heavily promoted by Bill O'Reilly of Fox News Channel because he is angry with me for sending an email to my supporters criticizing Fox News Channel and Bill O'Reilly for their offensive and racially tinged coverage of Barack and Michelle Obama," Wexler said in a statement.

Wexler also defended his decision to live in Maryland yet claim his in-laws' home as his residence in Delray Beach. "Under all of the relevant factors my place of legal residence is quite clearly and legitimately Florida, including my clear and documented intention to be a Florida resident, my Florida driver's license, my registration to vote in Florida, and the Florida tags on my automobiles," he said.

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"my clear and documented intention to be a Florida resident"

"to be a Florida resident"???????

Isn't this doofus SUPPOSED to BE a Florida resident in order to represent Florida?? Hillary moved to New York, bought a home, established residency, and THEN ran for the Senate.

But it appears that Wexler has no compunction over such niceties. After all, he DOES visit his in-laws from time to time.

Since I have relatives from California to Maine, can I represent all of those states? How about if I visit them from time to time? How about if I register my car in a low-tax, low-insurance state? Just askin'.

Posted by: PJ | July 25, 2008 7:22 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure which is worse: a journalist hounding a congressman for, horror of horrors, living near his workplace, or a congressman falsely accusing a journalist of racism.

Posted by: PJ | July 25, 2008 7:26 AM | Report abuse

That's a different PJ above.

Posted by: PJ | July 25, 2008 7:27 AM | Report abuse

i'm sure mr. o'reilly wants political hit man- no show- ducking and dodging- shuffling- dancing- karl rove- to be held accountable for his dancing.

what causes rove to dance.

Posted by: jeff | July 25, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure the notion that a normal person could not afford to maintain two residences in two states on $130,000/yr congressional salary may be foreign to O'Reilly. However, everything that Rep. Wexler cited as his "intent" to be domiciled in Florida will hold up in any court. I say, "bring it on O'Reilly, you will lose."

Posted by: Kristi | July 25, 2008 7:55 AM | Report abuse

O'Reilly is a coward chickenhawk. One day he will find someone who will take real issue with him and send him to his maker. My only wish is that he takes the rest of FOX with him.

Posted by: RJ | July 25, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

But, strangely, O'Reilly has been silent on the entire Bush claim claiming Texas residency for years even though they didn't actually live there.

George H Bush claimed Texas residency for decades, even though everyone knew he lived in Maine.

For quite some time his personal 'residence' in Texas was a hotel room, while his 'vacation' residence in Maine was a massive private compound.

Why? Texas has no personal income tax. Maine does.

Where is Mr. O'Reilly's outrage over this tax scam?

Posted by: Hillman | July 25, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Utter bullcrap. Members of Congress live in the DC area--especially now that they're in session 5 days a week. Shocker! This is the same lying hypocrite, as documented in Al Franken's book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, who claims to be from a much poorer town in NY than he really is. Perhaps O'Reilly can get Rick Santorum (who said $160,000 a year just wasn't enough to live on) on TV to explain again why he bilked Pennsylvania taxpayers to fund his kids' educations when they lived full time in Virginia.

Posted by: Jon Morgan | July 25, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Does Wexler pay state and county income taxes in Maryland? If Wexler gets away with using his in laws' home as a Florida addres, maybe I can avoid paying Georgia income taxes by using my mother-in-law's Floriday address.

Posted by: Barry Jackson | July 25, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

What is wrong with the man trying to represent his district as best as he can by living close to Washington, and also trying to make it easier on his family by allowing them to live peacefully in one area and not constantly picking up and going back and forth?

Explain to me how it's appropriate to confront the man at his house?

Posted by: David | July 25, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Jon Morgan | July 25, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

how could anyone smear fox news please they do a good enough job of that all by them selves. Fox news is not a credible news show they are just shills for the hard right.

Posted by: doug | July 25, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

More on who we're dealing with here:

Posted by: Jon Morgan | July 25, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse

"Everyone knows FOX News is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Republican Party, and its supporters use it the way a drunk uses a lightpost: for support, not illumination." -James Carville

Posted by: Jon Morgan | July 25, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Governor Charlie Crist doesn't own a home here in Florida either, he rents. Of course he's a Republican which evidently makes it okay. Robert Wexler will continue to get my vote, he's a great Representative and has done much more for the citizens of his district than our Governor (chain gang Charlie) ever has.

Posted by: Patti | July 25, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Renters are still legal residents of wherever they live. The majority of people in the cities of Seattle, and in Washington, DC, just to mention two I've lived in, are renters. You don't have to own property to hold public office. Anthony Williams served as DC's Mayor for years before he ever bought a home there.

Posted by: Jon Morgan | July 25, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

How typically Bill O'Reilly.

Boycott Fox News advertisers who support the racial smear on Obama and his wife.

Go on line to the advertisers home page. Click on "Contact Us" and let them know they are targets of national boycotts until they remove their advertising from Fox News and

Let's teach Murdoch, O'Reilly and his Irish Catholic bigot buddy Hannity about touting that they are "fair and balanced" when they are obviously not. One only needs to turn on Fox for a brief moment to realize their agenda to continually attack and smear Obama.

Posted by: Roy | July 25, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Oh my gosh.....I am a resident of Montgomery County, Maryland and I can not believe all of you FOX haters are going to excuse this. My daughter moved back to Maryland from Florida and was pulled over, not once, but twice, by Montgomery County Police because she didn't get her driver's license and registration turned over quickly enough! How on earth does it make it right for him? Where you live is your domicile. His family lives here, his children attend private school here. As far as I am concerned, that makes him a Maryland resident and should be treated accordingly.

Posted by: Walker | July 25, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Fox News has given a very fair presentation of Obama. They have not been racist in their reporting. Wechsler has no basis for accusing them of racism.

Posted by: Lawrence Altaffer | July 25, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

The real issues here are whether Wexler is not abiding by residency requirements, whether he is evading Maryland state income taxes by claiming Florida as his main state of residence (Florida has no state income tax), and whether he has improperly represented the facts on his residency to voters and/or Congress. These are all legitimate questions, no matter whether there is a feud between Wexler and O'Reilly.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | July 25, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Nice anti-Semitism, Lawrence Altaffer. Very classy.

Posted by: Jon Morgan | July 25, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

O,Really and Rush get a free pass for their drugs and misogyny and racism because of an adoring audience of sycophants and a hole lot of money. Somebody once said "Money doesn't talk it swears." So it goes.

Posted by: mmmisewicz | July 25, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

"My daughter moved back to Maryland from Florida and was pulled over, not once, but twice, by Montgomery County Police because she didn't get her driver's license and registration turned over quickly enough"

Your daughter didn't get "pulled over" for not having her drivers license turned over "quickly enough". She committed two traffic violations and when the officer checked her drivers license it was then that he learned that she was in violation of the law.

You are just as bad as this idiot from Florida.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 25, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Nice collection of comments. We have one that openly calls for O'Reilly's assassination, one that cites as it's source a political operation of the Clintons (Media Matters) and a quote from a man (James Carville) employed by a direct competitor (CNN).

The other comments about Gov. Christ and former President Bush readily admit that both paid rent to maintain established residency requirements. If Mr. Wexler neither owns property nor pays rent to his mother-in-law then its a semi-legitimate question. I say "semi" because all elected federal officers and those who serve in appointed positions are treated like military members in regards to residency.

That being said, I think a lot of people are tired of politicians saying that they love their home state and are working tirelessly for them and only have them move and live somewhere else the minute they leave governement.

Posted by: EJHill | July 25, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Another crook caught and just look at the idiots who come out of the woodwork trying to protect him. He is stealing taxpayers dollars and represents noone in congress but himself. I hope most voters in Flordia can see that. I say great work O'Riely on this but I still do not like Fox News, Obama or McCain.

Posted by: budswisr | July 25, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

So let me get this straight. A news orginization identifies a congressman who is obviously lying about where he lives and its wrong to do that? Or is it wrong because the congressman is a Democrat and the blogger is a leftie?

Posted by: Jay | July 25, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

oh jezus pleeze everyone knows that dude o'reilly is a nut, a homophobic hard ritewing cook! most people that watch him do think he belongs at the comedy channel!

Posted by: william kraal | July 25, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Classic Democrat/Socialist who supports the Socialist Teachers Unions, but sends his own kids to private schools. Now, Socialist pals, please try to defend that one.

Posted by: mick | July 25, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

O'Reilly is wasting his time on the Wexler issue. The "hear no evil, see no evil" crowd will give Wexler a pass (these are likely the same dolts who believed that WJC's integrity issues were personal, thus irrelevant). That said, it is an absolute good use of time to hit back over Wexler's claim that FOX has been racist in its coverage and reporting re: Obama. This claim, which was predicted and will continue, is tossed out there to shut down any coverage that doesn't serve the continued beatification of Obama. Anyone who is surprised by this needs to take a step back and remove the rose-colored glasses. In my view, FOX is asking the questions and making the points that we all should be paying attention to, whether it be McCain or Obama. Playing the race/gender/orientation card is done out of outright admission that, absent the threat of the opposition being branded racist, voters would then look at the candidate's record. This is the real fear of Obama supporters in particular, as his record demonstrates inexperience, extreme liberalism, and a consistent focus on symbolism...not substance. So, if it make folks feel better is they train their fire on FOX, knock yourselves out. Many others, however, won't allow themselves to be distracted by self-serving claims of racism and will be the difference when the election comes.

Posted by: TM | July 25, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

The underlying story here is that anytime 'anyone' questions, or brings forth facts that should be discussed, about the Obamas, they're called racists! It is not racist to ask hard questions and demand answers of Presidential candidates. This is a journalists job... and no one else other than 'FOX' is doing it! This is NOT a vote for American Idol...this is serious! Wake up folks1

Posted by: jeleanoro | July 25, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Lets see. O'Reilly sexually harasses a lady and then writes a book on family purity. Rush condemns drug abuse and screams about addicts while he is popping pill after pill. They condemn a congressman for maintaining a home in Maryland while representing Florida.Never said a word about Santorum of PA.who could commute from office to home but had a second home in DC. They both feature Pat Buchanan who says we never should have fought Hitler.What a crew!!

Posted by: RAVGIW@AOL.COM | July 25, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

while fox news/oreilley are at it why don't they check out elizabeth dole, allegedly from NC. She only comes "home" to visit mainly during the election cycle to record her re-election commercials. if one wants proof of residence... that the doles don't live here, one need only ask hubby, Bob, why he cannot vote for his own wife in the upcoming NC senate election.

n. wilkesboro, nc

Posted by: Danny Jacob | July 25, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Bill O'Reilly is an odious thug. One of these days, he is going to end up picking on someone who can put his reeking behind in the hospital. He is a freaking Nazi and a psychopathic liar.

And wasn't there a scandal over his true place of residence growing up? Didn't I hear something about how he for years claimed he resided in some rurar, red state part of Pennsylvania when in fact he grew up in a more priviledge, elitist part of his community?

O'Reilly, Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage, Coulter, Krauthammer--they are all cut off the same block of Nazi sh*t.

Posted by: Jaxas | July 25, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

The central question to be answered is, does Wexler pay Maryland taxes or does he avoid paying taxes in Florida by claiming a residence in Florida that he isn't entitled to claim. In the O'Reilly piece Wexler said that he would sit down with Fox and clear the matter up. To date he has not followed through. The writer of this blog seems to feel Wexler pays Maryland taxes. If that is so, why not inform readers how she knows this.

Posted by: Menlo Bob | July 25, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Jeleanoro, that would be fine if that were what Fox News were actually doing, but it isn't. What they are doing is passing off as news, false rumors about the Obamas that have been ginned up by the same lying thugs who insinuated John Kerry did not deserve his war medals.

Fox News has not the slightest interst in actually asking hard questions about issues. The very last thing they want to talk about are the issues because they know that the GOP cannot win on that basis.

And the reason they are depicted as racist when they criticize the Obamas is because of the nature of those criticisms. They talk about Michelle Obama as being like Angela Davis. They hint that Obama was taught in a Midrassa. They hint that because one of his acquaintences is a 60s radical involve in violent political activity, that Obama is the same.

If you don't want Fox News and Limbaugh and Hannity being accused of Racism, tell them to stop using racist images when talking about the Obamas.

Posted by: Jaxas | July 25, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

So does this mean that Fox is not part of the "liberal news media"? I guess they would have to beobjective for that to happen. My Senator Norm Coleman has a basement apartment that he "rents" for free. I think you could go down the line on both sides of the aisle and come up with examples of Senators and Representatives that are seldom in their home state. O'Reilly's a hack.

Posted by: SI | July 25, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

This is just a smear piece on Bill O'Reilly and Fox News. Akers is one of the "drive by" types that Bill talks about...basically distorting a story, sniping and leaving. The people should always have information about what their politicans are doing. O'Reilly provided a valuable service. Akers and are of the same ilk.

Posted by: TWS500 | July 25, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

One final comment: Fox News is like those conservative radio talk shows. They have a core audience of rural nutcakes out in red state America who when collectively summed up do not add up to one complete brain. They are the very same sort of people who fall prey to that tagline for the X-Files: I WANT TO BELIEVE! These are not people who can be persuaded with evidence, rational argument or anything happening in the real world. I would be willing to bet that the same people who watch Fox News or listen to that fat, swilly, reeking addict Limbaugh, are the same people who believe that the earth is no more than 10,000 years old.

Posted by: Jaxas | July 25, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Congressman are just like the military and are residents of their state. My congresswoman is married to a Texas Congressman. So what state do they live in. They each live in their own state. A congressman from Wisconsin, and I understand many more, commute to DC and live on the couchs of their office Tue and Wed nights.

By the way, George H Bush did not rent the hotel room in Texas except when he was there. I know because I was at the victory party in his room on election night and everyone there were Democrats. Way to go Bill!

I would assume that FOX is going to check the rest of the congressional delegations now.

Posted by: KK | July 25, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

It would be easier for a brave patriot like him to live in Iraq than in Murderville, USA.

If George W. Bush and the Bush-lovers had knocked to enter the Constitutional convention in Philadelphia in 1787, presiding convention president George Washington would have denied them admission. Thereby hangs an alarming tale. The Executive branch has vandalized the Constitution every bit as much as the barbarians vandalized Rome in 410 AD. The Executive branch has destroyed the Constitution's time-honored checks and balances and raced the nation perilously close to kleptocratic despotism. The Executive branch rejects the basic philosophical tenets of the United States. It does not accept that America was conceived in Liberty and dedicated to the proposition that sovereignty in a republican form of government lies with the people; that there are no vassals or serfs in the Constitution's landscape; that every man or woman is a king or queen but no one wears a crown; and, that the rule of law is the nation's civic religion. The Founding Fathers fashioned impeachment as a remedy for attacks against the Constitutional order.

If the Executive branch decided to place the nation under military crony rule, unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness would be eviscerated. Citizens could be arrested and searched at random. Homes could be destroyed without just compensation if the Executive branch asserted under cynical false pretense that they could serve as hiding places for Osama bin Laden or other false pretexts. Trials for alleged crimes would be by terrorists and denuded of fundamental due process protections.

The Executive branch maintains that it is endowed with Constitutional authority to gather business advantage for cronies in any manner the Executive branch wishes in contravention of statutory restraints imposed by Congress. The Constitution, however, obligates the Executive branch to faithfully execute the laws, not to sabotage them. The Executive branch targeted American citizens for more than mere warrantless electronic surveillance on the Executive branch's say so alone in violation of FISA. The Executive branch also claims power to torture, kidnap, open mail, or burglarize in violation of Congressional limitations, in the name of fending off business competition to campaign contributors and favored profiteers from more talented, and more agile domestic competitors.

An American Bar Association Task Force on which I served issued a report delineating the constitutional evils of signing statements that I need not amplify at this time. It is another example of the Executive branch's usurpation of legislative powers and scorn for the rule of law.

The author served as associate deputy attorney general under President Reagan.

Posted by: Singing Senator | July 25, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Regarding Fox News Racism. Its true. A supreme court justice said in a ruling regarding pornography "I know it when I see it" or words to that affect. As an African American who have felt the verbal sting of racism, I too, "know it when I hear it". Fox in my opinion is a racist tv outlet. Please throw in Sean Hannity with O'Rielly. The Congressman was right, racism is alive and doing well at fox tv.

Posted by: H. Hamm | July 25, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

If you're ever ambushed by Billo's lackey squad just tell 'em "I only talk to to KEITH"!!

Shout it loud. Repeat it often. You will never get on the Billo Show!!

Posted by: toritto | July 25, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

All Congressmen and Senators have two residences. They have to...commuting is out of the question. I seem to recall George H.W. Bush claiming a motel in Texas as his legal residence.

Posted by: jathanas | July 25, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

In order to represent a district, you MUST live in that district, which Wexler does not. I would say he is in a lot of trouble. That is like him saying to you that you can be registered to vote in a precinct, (maybe because you lived there but have since moved), but if you live in a different precinct you can still go and vote in your old precinct. People go to jail for that. If wexler lives in MD then he must represent the people of his district in MD. But I don't think the people of MD are dumb enough to put a criminal in office.

Posted by: Eskiegirl302 | July 25, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Defending the undefensable! Ah, the SP sleught!

How can it be an ambush? You really justify all your babble when a congressman deceives openly.

What a waste of ink.

Posted by: Latina_in_Texas | July 25, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

If the right will throw O'Reilly under the bus I would glady do the same to Robert "Talking Points" Wexler.

If Wexler spent more of his fire-breathing time on true progressive causes as opposed to mostly just partisan warfare all the sturm-und-drang would be tolerable.

As it it he is primarily just another insider political hack.

I hope this battle escalates to the point that it keeps both of these guys busy for a while.

Posted by: Paul | July 25, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Nada Lotta Mucho, Billo.

Posted by: ED Rea | July 25, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Okay, this one is easy. You don't have to pay state taxes in FL. I would say that this has something to do with the fact that he is a "resident" of FL.

Try to do the same thing yourself and find out how much trouble you'll have if you get caught (just being joe blow the guy next door).

This is the same thing that happens not just in politics, but also law enforcement and firefighters where the rule is that you live in the city, county, parrish, town, whatever that you are responsible for. Makes sense to me!!!!!

Posted by: Rose Colored Glasses | July 25, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Wexler has it wrong on O'Reilly bias. The real racist at Fox is Sean Hannity, who cannot stop attacking Obama EVERY night using the same invective and ad hominem attacks that the Nazis perfected under Goebels. Just like the Nazis, Hannity wraps himself in the flag and love of country, when in fact his disdain for Obama is not on the issues which he never discusses with a capable rebutal person, but simply on the fact that Obama is an uppity person of color.

Posted by: DonWsz | July 25, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Can you people not read? It clearly states in the article that he pays property taxes in MD. So he's not using the MD home as a tax shelter. Why should the tax payers of Fl foot the bill for his constant commute between their state and DC. It makes more sense for him to have two residences and reside in MD while congress is in session.

Posted by: Newport | July 25, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Can you people not read? It clearly states in the article that he pays property taxes in MD. So he's not using the MD home as a tax shelter. Why should the tax payers of Fl foot the bill for his constant commute between their state and DC. It makes more sense for him to have two residences and reside in MD while congress is in session.

Posted by: Newport | July 25, 2008 12:04 PM

Newport, PROPERTY taxes are not the same as INCOME taxes, so Wexler's payment of PROPERTY tax in Maryland has no bearing on whether he evades Maryland INCOME tax by pretending to live in Florida at his in-laws' house. You can pay property taxes in as many states as you own property, but you have be domiciled in ONE state.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | July 25, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

This is a non-story for us in the 50th Congressional District in San Diego County. When Rep. Duke Cunningham was sent to prison for bribery and a host of other crimes, lobbyist Republican Brian Bilbray decided to run for the office. Immediately it was pointed out that Bilbray was not a resident of San Diego County and was disqualified. So Bilbray claimed his mother's home as his California residence. This is a safe Republican district, and Bilbray won, so this question of "I live with my Mama" is a non-story.

Posted by: SOLON ... | July 25, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

The first decsion any freshman representative makes is whether to live in the D.C area with his family or become a geographical bachelor and commute back to the district when time permits. It is a very tough decision if you have children, especially if you are not independently wealthy.Mr. O'Reilly is chasing windmills because most reps have two residencies if they can afford it. In fact, if I recall you do not even have to live in the district just be a resident of the state. Rep. Wexler proves that with where he votes, car registration etc. His professional duty requires his absence from the state. Also, if you have no family reps will sometimes share a residency with fellow reps in order to afford it. I interned in Congress many years ago and Tip O'Neill and Ed Boland roomed together in order to afford a residency since family stayed in the district because of school etc. I served in the military for 22 years and was a resident of PA, but never lived in the state when I left. If Mr. O'Reilly wants to do some creditable journalism why not bring focus on people and businesses (he could have a camera follow them to the bank, if they ever have been) who have off shore bank accounts because they do not want to fulfill their patriotic duty and pay taxes. Oh yes, they are supporting terrorism because they refuse to fund the war and thus, support the troops.

Posted by: bardsley | July 25, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Fox News is a sick joke. And, Bill O'Reilly is a racist. The truth hurts but can't be changed. I too will be very happy the day Fox News go off the air, and I also hope that it will take Bill O'Reilly with it. The spreading of ignorance is not a good thing to do.

Posted by: caliguy55 | July 25, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Bill O'Reilly is just another Repug that's big on family values, just like my local representative David Vitter. Vitter had the nerve to be part of the Starr witch hunt. His wife proclaimed back then she'd pull a Lorena 'Bobbitt' on her husband, if he did what Bill Clinton did. Newt Gingrich as well as John McCain ditched their wives for savory reasons. In McCain's case, his ex actually stood by patiently as he was a POW for many years. Newt's wife was served papers while going thru cancer treatment. Who cares about this BS story. Let the Florida voters decide. Bill O is so big on protecting children, but certainly didn't care about the GOP's cover-up of the male pages being 'handled' by Mark Foley. Oh I forgot, Bill O is big on defending the Vatican too! Sorry, I know this is unrelated to a politicians legal domicile. It's just that he's always on the same diatribe about Gays, Muslims, entitlements, and tax breaks for the wealthy and the big corporations. Typical GOP strategy, of smoke and mirrors!

Posted by: Sean | July 25, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Most of you should head a very old statement. It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt......

Posted by: reelem | July 25, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Whoops! Hillman already covered what I was going to say. The only area that I might differ with Hillman is that there is nothing "strange(ly)" about O'Reilly's silence regarding the Bush clan. He's biased. That may be strange in some sense, but it is not a mystery.

It's been said, by far my knowledgeable people than myself, that liberals and moderates in the media are afraid of conservatives in the media. This is true, I believe, because conservatives like O'Reilly are in vicious attack mode all the time and truth means nothing to them. Conservatives love people like O'Reilly and don't care how badly they behave. Liberal and moderate _citizens_ expect better and demand better behavior from the people in the media that they listen to. Can their be anyone more disingenuous than Rush Limbaugh, who I've heard many times say "Hey, it's just entertainment, folks." Yet, he fully knows and expects his "ditto-heads" to believe every word of nonsense he says. In a perfect world, O'Reilly and Limbaugh would be completely dismissed as crackpots, even by conservatives.

Posted by: A_left_leaning_Marxist | July 25, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

There are many people who live in one place and have residency somewhere else. Servicemen and women can all keep residency in the State they come from even when they are based (or "live") in another State, so do college students in most cases. People who live out of the country also maintain residency in a State even though they do not live there. My sister lives in China and is a resident of Florida.

There are lots of reason this kind of arrangement happens and I doubt it has anything to do with tax fraud. Just more muck from the media.

Posted by: Sara | July 25, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Fox News has given a very fair presentation of Obama. They have not been racist in their reporting. Wechsler has no basis for accusing them of racism.

Posted by: Lawrence Altaffer | July 25, 2008 9:19 AM

Nice anti-Semitism, Lawrence Altaffer. Very classy.

Posted by: Jon Morgan | July 25, 2008 9:44 AM

Mister Morgan,
Please point out exactly where the anti-semitic reference is in Mister Altaffer's statement. I think many of us reading the commentary would like to know.

Posted by: anthony | July 25, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Eskiegirl wrote:
'If wexler lives in MD then he must represent the people of his district in MD. But I don't think the people of MD are dumb enough to put a criminal in office.'
Apparently, the writer is too young or just fails to remember Marvin Mandel and Spiro Agnew, MD governors who did jail time!

Posted by: mjk | July 25, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Fox news in a owned by Murdoch and is an unreliable news/information source for most topics that impact US taxpayers and voters. They are biased, unprofessional and lack credibility.O'Reilley is an opportunist and phoney patriot.

Congressman Wexler would pay property taxes on land he owns in MD. He can claim FL residence like any other citizen, where they have their driver's license, they are registered to vote and where he maintains a residence. He is on temporary assignment away from home due to his representation of his constituents. He does not meet the criteria for MD resident, even though he owns property in the state. O'Reilley is blowing smoke and should not be wasting the time of legal authorities to chase shadows for personal gain.

Posted by: CarmanK | July 25, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

this CEO reminds me of O'Reilly

If you've ever worked for a boss that reacts before getting the facts and thinking things through, you will love this!

A large company, feeling it was time for a shakeup, hired a new CEO. The new boss was determined to rid the company of all slackers.

On a tour of the facilities, the CEO noticed a guy leaning on a wall. The room was full of workers and he wanted to let them know that he meant business.

He walked up to the guy leaning against the wall and asked, "How much money do you make a week?"

A little surprised, the young man looked at him and replied, "I make $400 a week. Why?"

The CEO then handed the guy $1,600 in cash and screamed, "Here's four weeks' pay, now GET OUT and don't come back."

Feeling pretty good about himself, the CEO looked around the room and asked, "Does any one want to tell me what that goof-ball did here?"

From across the room came a voice, "Pizza delivery guy from Domino's.........."

Posted by: lucygirl1 | July 25, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

To RJ:

Are you suggesting someone murder Bill O'Reilly? That is what it looks like. Maybe you need to go to prison.

Posted by: Phillip Hurst | July 25, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Bill OReilly and Shawn Hannity are George W Bush loving pigs. I am sure OReilly and Hannity both probably have large offshore bank accounts to escape US taxes. They are patriats in name only

Posted by: Ralph Dreifus | July 25, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

wexler is typical left wing rad who are the problem with congress

Posted by: randy | July 25, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Wexler, MC and Media Ambush

Fox News was a late comer for citing Rep. Wexler as having fudged the U.S. Constitution's requirement that a representative is to reside in Congressional District from he/she is elected' The Sleuth makes it, that anyone in the media who questions publicly ( which includes the media in South Florida ) the Florida representative's place of residence, is conducting a hostile ambush; it's okay though to do so
against others .. depending on the target.

The irony, if irony is not criticized by the Sleuth, is that Rep. Wexler serves visibly on the House Judiciary Committee; a position which requires that those who wear the title, 'Fire Breathing Libel' to seek out errors in judicial nominees who do not tell the desired kind of truth, especially that which is hidden in the heart.

Florida Congressman, who are Democrats, are unique for devel-
oping exceptions away from principle of the law, such as the zeal for separation of church and state, e.g., opposing funding for religious private schools, but acing the public funding for religious language schools, e.g., Broward Co. Ben Gamla Charter School ( K-12 ); a school, which for all intense and purposes, opts out the general population. Would a Gaelic or German speaking public funded private school, be allowed by the Fla. Congressman.

Exceptions for self is what it's all about; and it's defended with 'Fire
Breathing' zeal. Why O'Reilly is being pummeled, must have some=
thing to do with his name, because the constituency of the Congressman's south Florida district is concerned that they have but
a visiting rep.

'Ambush' is partisan.

Posted by: 3rd-Party Advocate | July 25, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I take anything that that blow hard from Faux news proclaims to be180 degrees opposite from what he says. there are many representatives and Senators who own homes in the Dc area from which their children attend school. Perhaps that concept is far to complicated for BillO to understand. I propose that we elect BillO the Muckraker-in- Chief. It is really about all he is any good for. he is a mean, hateful, nasty person. Poor thing must be so miserable. I sort of feel sorry for him.

Posted by: Mari | July 25, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

What it seems to me is that nowhere in the country can have representation in Congress except the areas within living distance of the Capitol.

Actually the caption for this article should be "A Media Ambush in Bill O'Reilly vs. Rep. Wexler."

O'Reilly is a peevish vindictive bully and lackey of a foreign terrorist, Rupert Murdoch, who does more than to attack but seeks to subvert the democratic process of our republic, much as the self-purported "Right" imputes to and deplores in George Soros.

Posted by: hneftafl | July 25, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

First, you live, actually live in the congressional disrtrict that you represent.

Second, the folks above, you really think O'Bama is going to bring us together. Forget it. Look foreward to 8 yearsz of hell.

Posted by: Carl | July 25, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

How about the fact that Dick Cheney lived in Texas for over half of the year [and years] prior to running for VP but claimed his home state as Wyoming? Under the Constitution, two people from the same state cannot run on the same ticket.

Posted by: anthony d gerstner | July 25, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

If what Wexler is doing were being done by a Rep, all these liberal weenies would be raising hell! Wexler is a crook. He is stealing money from MD by not paying income taxes. Fox News, O'Reilly aside, what he is doing is wrong. Comparing what this crook is doing with anyone else is also wrong. Bush is a drunk, but Sen. Kennedy is not. Yet, he was responsible for the death of a woman while DUI!!!! Just a little note on comparisons.

Posted by: Mmarquez | July 25, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Where was O'reily when Sen. Oxely from Ohio who just retired after over 20 years had an address of a closed up laundrymat in Finley, Ohio but had not lived in Ohio for ever. {OH I FORGOT HE WAS A REPUBLICAN---DIFFERENT RULES}

Posted by: Buckeye | July 25, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Tonight on "Hardball" Scott McClellan admitted that the Bush White House sent talking points to Faux News and Faux News reciprocated by giving the WH hints about what they'd like to see. Fox should have its "news" credentials stripped -- it is nothing but a right wing smear factory. And Billo better be careful what he's started -- there are a lot of established Republicans who also have their primary homes in the DC area. Be careful Mr. Personality ... wouldn't want you to have another on air meltdown.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 26, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

There are quite a few Senators and Congressmen who live in the DC area with their families. Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, now a widower, has not had a home in that state for many, many years. He stays in a hotel when he travels to WV and doesn't even pretend to live there, although he still sends much money back to the state every year. This may be bad for the state constituents, but it is also understandable that people with families would like to live with them and that means finding a home in the DC area if they are elected to congress. John McCain chooses to live alone in DC but that is because his wife does not like Washington. Will she move to the White House if he is elected? Since she is so rich the White House may be a step down for her rather than an upgrade of housing. I don't know Rep. Wexler but I am sorry he has a jerk like O'Reilly attacking him. If he had O'Reilly's money maybe he could afford to have a palatial estate in Florida and in DC. Congressional salaries are not so fantastic one can afford to keep two homes, raise children and travel back and forth between states even with all the extra perks. The only reason O'Reilly chooses to pick on Rep. Wexler is his political point of view, not because he is living in DC. That is quite obvious to anyone with a half brain.

Posted by: Meggie | July 26, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Thanks to all who have exposed our lying Representative - the slimy Wexler. He will noiw get what he deserves after turning his back on his constituents. Lets see if Obama can help him now. Lying, cheating tax fraud needs to be booted out of office like Rick Santorum was in Pennsylvania when they found out they were paying for his kids PRIVATE school education in Washington !!!

Posted by: JIMBO | July 26, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

lets get back to the issue, eh?

It is a requirement that a rep reside in the STATE (Fl. Law doesn't require district residency) he does not need to own property, just be domiciled there.

Here we go, follow along.

1)The home he claims to be his legal residence is in a subdivison that requires that you be 55 or older, Wexler is in his 40's. According to covencants of the community, no one under 55 may reside in the domicile for mor that 2 months in a year.

2)no one under the age of 18 may live there, that keeps his kids out (no big deal, nobody says your kids have to live with you.

3)the home is owned by his inlaws. no problems there

4) There is a property tax exemption because the father in law is a disabled korean War vet.
Might be a problem, cuz if son-in-law claims this as his legal residence, is father in law still eligble to recieve property tax abatement (pays about 260.00 a year for a 250k home)

5) Drivers Licence and Voter registration. In order to have a Flordia DL, you have to sign a document attesting to the fact that you actually reside in the domicile that you put on the application. If you do not live where you say you live, it is a crime, punishable by Florida statute.
Think about that for a second.
If you wander into the D/L and tell 'em you live at 123 main street, and they smile and rubber stamp that, bingo, here you go, drive safe and buckle up, whats to prevent anyone from any state doing that?

Same thing for auto registration.

Voter registration, when you sign your card, you attest that you live where you say you do, Otherwise, its fraud.

Again, without that, whats to prevent buses loaded with people from outside the district from coming from all over to vote in and on a particular isuue?

Lastly, Taxes... Florida has no state income tax, neither do some other states. Alas, Maryland, DOES NOT collect income tax from "transient" residents, meaning, if you can prove you actually live out of state, you're off the hook regarding Maryland state income taxes. Hmmm, raise any eyebrows yet?
(he bought his home in MD within one year of his election) He has not owned, rented, leased, camped out on or pitched a tent in Florida since.
just a couple of other little things, Flordia car insurance is les expensive than in Maryland although a person may have a problem with a claim, if you falsify where you actually live.

A couple of other little Hmm's...
the Kiddos' go to a private school, no problems there, but don't give me the "we cant do it on the 130K" thing.
Tuition at that school is 22k a year... each...

There is a very heavy push from school districts here to make sure students in high school actually live in the district they say they do. Meaning, They're trying to stop kids traveling from a poorly rated school across town to go to a higher rated school, or one with a better football team.
Home visits by school officials common for proof of residency. And, "Johnnys not here right now" doesn't cut it. They'll be back when Johnny is home, thank you very much.

The shell game doesn't work very well either, Bush OWNED property AND a home in houston, he had the entire floor of the hotel as his office, and Cheney OWNED a home, in Wyoming for DECADES while he worked for halliburton in Dallas. Try to answer the questions rather than divert.

Posted by: lake worth resident | July 26, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Wexler is the ONLY ONE of 25 the congressional contingent from Florida NOT to have a real brick and morter tent in the state.

Posted by: one more thing | July 26, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

"you commit the crime rove, we do the time."

karl rove: think when o'reilly interviews you, reverberating around the deepest recesses of his mind is:


Posted by: jeff | July 26, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Those of you claiming Bill O'Reilly and Fox News are racist clearly are not viewers of Fox News. Bill O'Reilly is frequently accused by some of his viewers to be soft on Senator Obama and even a liberal. I don't agree with that any more than the rantings and name calling on this site. Sean Hannity is certainly not a supporter of Senator Obama's but I have not heard racist statements from him either. He does not share Senator Obama's ideology and that is where he attacks the Senator, not the color of his skin. And for the nonviewers among you, it is not the Sean Hannity show; it is Hannity & Colmes. Alan Colmes is a liberal to balance Hannity's conservatism. He was a supporter of Senator Clinton and is now a supporter of Senator Obama. That balance is seen all trough the Fox News shows. Brit Hume has both liberals & conservatives at his round table. Bill O'Reilly has conservative & liberal guests as does Hannity & Colmes. If you watch any of these shows you will hear positive statements about Senator Obama as well as negative. You will also hear criticism of President Bush as well as praise.

Congressman Wexler admits to everything that has been exposed on Bill O'Reilly's show. It is a legitimate story. What happen to the peoples right to know? It will be up to the voters in the district to decide if his intent to be a Florida resident is enough to represent them.

Posted by: carrie | July 26, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"ambushed"? Here is my own sleuth work: How could anyone possibly defend a Florida representative that sends his three children to school in Maryland? Check the record...NO ONE else does this Congress. Also, House members are in DC from Tuesday to Thursday, so MOST do not live in DC. The only "ambushing" here is by a pedestrian reporter trying to frame the issue from the criminal's point of view. Wexler is committing a crime against republicanism.

Posted by: Post is a joke | July 26, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

The Cosntitutiion states clearly that a member of Congress must live in the sate, not an individual district. All here who claim otherwise are wrong, especially the Democratic partisan who lied about California Congressman Brian Bilbray's residence in the 50th district.

Living in the Dsitrict is not required. Reference Tom McClintoc's current race for a Sacramento congressional district while he represents a Southern California state senate district.

Posted by: sdraoul | July 27, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

it's the ILLUSION of news o'reilly.

just as the kings rove advised use the freudian concept of projection to deflect criticism and accountability from themselves and their criminality...

Posted by: jeff | July 28, 2008 4:32 AM | Report abuse

With all the problems this country has, is this worth even wasting time on?

O'Stupid is trying to make money for himself, not try to bring up relavent issues, just like Limpbaugh! And some people actually believe this garbage?

Posted by: bill | July 28, 2008 7:57 AM | Report abuse

First! WashingtonDame, you are a joke. Go find some neo-con website to bolster your antics and spew please... I's love to beach-slap ya for being stupid!

Many of you keep coming on here and pointing the finger at Wexler... you are wrong and you don't know sheet!

ALL congressman and woman are allowed to hold a DC residence! If Wexler is guilty of this, so is 90% of Congress! You dumb doofus's! Paying taxes has nothing to do with residency of a Congressman. As a few have stated clearly on here... let this clown and Fox news bring it on! And I hope Mr. Wexler counter-sues them to death!

Posted by: Ed | July 28, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

That's the problem with my fellow residents of the area. They have no clue what and whom they are voting for; and the rest don't vote. Professional Polititions like Waxman are what they deserve. Was he born there, lived there for more than a year or attend university? I bet not.

Posted by: Ben | July 28, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

CNN and MSNBC have been playing this clip of a Sam Diego couple beating up a reporter for reporting on his bullying tactics. Bill O'Reilly's demeanor is exactly the same. He is used to getting his way, so whenever someone calls him out, he send over his cronies and mob. It is amazing that FOX condones supports and encourages such behavior. Bill O gives everyone associated with him a bad name.

Posted by: Quan | July 28, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Wexler is my hero! He along with Kucinich are the only Representatives who are doing their job in Washington. The job we elected them for, to provide a check of executive power, and there only means of accomplishing this check, by impeachment.

O'Reilly is only protecting his base by his attacks on Wexler. O'Reilly is no more a journalist than I am. To be a journalist would require objective reasearch of the facts. As a scientist facts are required before a conclusion can be made. If O'Reilly had any integrity he would know his facts and would invite Wexler to speak to these issues on his show, instead he chooses to attack Wexler on his front lawn. Classy! I remember when O'Reilly sent one of his goons to do the same thing to Bill Moyers. Bill Moyers put him to shame. Like Wexler, Moyers is far more intelligent then the typical FOX agent. O'Reilly should retire, he is a disgrace to journalists everywhere.

I believe Keith Olberman has higher ratings than FOX. This means that the public actually prefers O'Reilly bashing to O'Reilly reporting.

Posted by: Janet-TX | July 28, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

We need the likes of Bill O'Reilly since he blows so much wind he might be able to clear up the smog. O'Reilly, if B.S. was electricity you'd be a dynamo.

Posted by: Frank Libbon | July 28, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

O'Reilly is truly an angry man who ignores his backyard trash and look at others. I think O'Reilly and Fox have lost every credibility in claiming to represent fairness and balance.

There is constant partisan bickering on Fox which amounts to unAmericanism. Fox is a network that does not look at America as one but always divided.

It is disgusting to constantly watch Shawn Henedy and "Bill O" mute on Bush's disasterous two term Presidency. Oh less I forgot, we just learned Bush was using fox for their talking points. What is fair and balance on that???

Posted by: Demba | July 28, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Florida is for retirees. They got their own little thing going down there. If they want a representative from Canada or China-- who cares? They don't even get to vote anyway. Leave them alone. Wexler's their man. Feel sorry for them. They're the victim.

Posted by: Jerry | July 28, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Let's remember that Barbara & George H. W. Bush lived in the D.C. area for decades, and also lived in Conneticut and Maine. But from the time he ran for Congress from Texas to the day he left the White House, they claimed as their legal residence a hotel suite in Texas.

So...right or wrong, it's a bipartisan thing.

Let's also be civil on here, fellow citizens.

Posted by: Pokey from Maine | July 28, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

From the comments of quan, Janet and Demba it's evident they must have gone to one of those lib leaning gov. public schools ---- learn to spell first of all.

Quan, just what the hell are you talking about and what does Bill O'Reilly have to do with beating up a couple from "Sam Diego"?

Posted by: P.Walter | July 28, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

>>So let me get this straight. A news orginization identifies a congressman who is obviously lying about where he lives and its wrong to do that?

Oh my little 'tards, you have wondered far from the NASCAR channel and Kung Fu Theater. You have ventured into the realm of politics, where (pucker your sphincters) there are rules. What we are talking about here is what are the "rules" that relate to residency requirements to hold public office. Wexler didn't violate the rules, he is eligible to run for public office in Florida using his mother in laws address.
Now, how did we get fooled, my little mental defectives? Use your thinking spot and try not to drool....that's right, it was the bad man on the TV who tried to fool you. He tried to convince you something was illegal (against the law) rather than legal (with the law). Why would he do something like that, my little cretins? Because he's bad? Yes that's part of it. Because he wants you to vote for Republicans. That's right, he'll say anything to get you to vote for the candidates he likes. He'll even make things up trying to fool you.
So why do you watch him every day?
I don't know, my little morons, why do you watch him every day?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

I am offended by this column, blog, partisanship or whatever moniker the writer hides behind. I have seen her name before and it appears that someone has an agenda behind promoting her.

Posted by: John W. C. | July 29, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I don't know what billO did in his earlier life or what, if any, experience, training, knowledge he claims but I wish he'd go back. Take his money and go live with Hannity and Limbaugh. They would have such fun together smoking, drinking, dropping stuff and making up bombastic stories they could have printed in People or US - the proper level of intellect their collective brain power aims to entertain. That is what they do now, isn't it?

Posted by: wallyb | July 29, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

CALLING ALL BLOGGERS: I'm hoping other bloggers -- no, I pray other bloggers will pick-up this story and drum the hell out of it - bloggers better suited than I to prepare the rest of us for the battle on the horizon.

This story is about one blogger in particular, Paul Ray, who was arrested for allegedly inciting racial hatred by reporting on radical Muslims who were encouraging jihadism. Though the setting is England, what's happening to him is happening everywhere. The politically-correct, multiculturalism, British thought-police arrested Ray, not the radical imams. His specific crime? Well, he called the radicals who were promoting the beheading of infidels - meaning us -- 'savages.' For the life of me, I wouldn't know what else to call them either.

Capitulation to Islam is becoming a reality, and it's closer to home than you think. There are other similar instances that occurred here in the United States, which I hope bloggers across the Internet will investigate.

Do what YOU can to get the word out to bloggers as the MSM is ignoring it... wonder why? Get more info, video and links at

RUN with it, DON'T WALK. If even one of us can be silenced, what makes the rest of us safe?

Please copy and forward to any and all bloggers. Someone out there is in a position to bring attention to this madness.

Posted by: Loyal Eagle | July 29, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Faux News should investigate the Senators and Representatives from Hawaii and Alaska too, I bet they don't even live in their state!

Posted by: Why oh why | July 30, 2008 2:38 AM | Report abuse

I hope all notice that the only ones that are advocating violence are those promoting the left side of this argument. What a bunch of jerks, but do try it. I think you'll find folks on the right capable of protecting themselves. After all, the folks on the right aren't afraid of guns.

Posted by: Dave Mixon | July 30, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Bill O'Riley, a journalist??? Some of you have it all wrong. O'Riley merely represents the "national enquirer" of the air, Fox News. You know, Fox News, the impartial news group that is for all people except those not Republican or Consertatives.

O'Riley and Fox are a disgrace to anything that is remotely close to journalism or for that matter, fairness as well.

Posted by: Ken | July 31, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I have found Bill O'Reilly to be very fair and objective, for a rabid orthodox Catholic.
His moral judgments on political issues have the smell of incense about them, something sanctimonious and spoken with conviction and passion, a true sign of the believer.
The inability to accept an alternative opinion, as invalid as his own, deserves the ridicule of any reasonable person.

Posted by: Morton Kurzweil | July 31, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Wexler had it coming to him. He made himself front and center in doing some dirty deeds with Obama against Clinton.

I hope he loses his senate seat next election - can't stand the guy.

Posted by: Judy | August 1, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Very nice spin. Why not focus on whether or not the good Senator actually resides in Florida or Maryland. Instead this is an attempt to re-focus on a "vendetta'. Who cares what brought it to the media's attention. The most important element is if the Senator actually resides in the area he represents and is paying taxes to the right state. If Senator Wexler, doesn't reside ( per the requirements for legal residence) in Florida but rather in Maryland, he has a lot of explaining to do and possibly some questions on his taxes.

Posted by: RAM, Tennessee | August 8, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: gloria, havre de grace, md | August 8, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Accusations of racism are more numerous and false than actual racism, in the old-fashioned skin-color sense. Wexler should be called out for stinking up the conversation with this trash talk. If he has specific and persuasive examples to give, he should give them or shut up. As it is, a 'racist' is presently well defined as 'someone who is winning an argument with a liberal Democrat, or outpolling him or her - or beating him or her in the ratings.' It's a measure of how corrupt and cowardly most of the media is that Wexler is not pounced on for proof instantly when they stir up racial antagonism with their charges.

Posted by: Mark Richard | August 15, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

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