‘Carpetbagger’ costs fly as Georgia GOP Senate candidate Walker’s Texas tax break is revealed

Republican U.S. Senate hopes Herschel Walker is the beneficiary of a tax break intended for Texas permanent residents — a possible violation of both Texas law and Georgia’s voting and political candidacy residency rules, CNN reported Wednesday.

Records reviewed by the network show that Walker took advantage of the Texas tax exemption, which saved him about $1,200 of his 2021 tax bill on his $3 million home in the Dallas-Ft. Worth suburb of Westlake. The Texas Tribune reports that the former NFL star is expected to apply for the rebate again this year and likely save about $1,500.

Responding to the report, incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock — who will run against Walker on December 6 after neither candidate received 50% of the vote in this month’s midterm elections — asked on Twitter: “How can Herschel represent Georgians if he doesn’t?” not even claim our great state as his primary residence?”

According to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, “only a homeowner’s primary residence qualifies” for the break.

As CNN detailed:

There have been questions surrounding Walker’s residency since he began actively exploring the possibility of a Georgia state senate last year, and both Democrats and Republicans spoke to Walker on the matter.

To run for office and vote in Georgia, 15 rules, not all of which need to be met, are considered for establishing residency, including where the resident gets his home tax exemption and where he intends to reside permanently. living. The U.S. Constitution only requires a potential senator to be a resident of their state when elected.

“The state Supreme Court said a mere housing exemption is not evidence that could disqualify a candidate,” Anthony Michael Kreis, a law professor at Georgia State University, told me. CNN.

“Ultimately, in all likelihood, this is more of a political issue than a legal issue…where Walker could be portrayed as a carpetbagger,” Kreis added. “It raises doubts whether Walker’s move was made in good faith.”

Comparisons with failed Republican Senate nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz — who was successfully portrayed by Democratic U.S. Senator John Fetterman’s campaign as a New Jersey opportunist out of touch with the Pennsylvanians he sought to represent — filled Twitter feeds after the story’s publication. .

Charles Kuck, a professor at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, tweeted: “Herschel Walker is a liar, a carpetbagger and an idiot. Vote responsibly. #VoteWarnock.”

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