And in the coming weeks, perhaps I’ll dig a little bit into the dustbin of history, to write a little about the work I did this summer. I just want to make sure I’m not stealing thunder or stepping on anyone’s toes.
But this last post is spurred by an article that is purportedly about a wrongful termination suit by the ex-attorney general of Texas:
The Post article, dated September 3, 2005, told of Rove’s reimbursement of Washington, D.C. property taxes amounting to $3,400 because he took a homestead deduction on his D.C. property for which he wasn’t eligible, being a registered voter in Texas. (For three years, from 2001 until the sale of his Austin home, Rove claimed homesteads in Texas and Washington, which the article noted was technically illegal.)
In the article, Reyes stated that ownership in and of itself doesn’t make a residence, and that in Texas registering to vote where you do not reside can bring voter fraud charges. While she said that Rove’s rental cottage in Kerr County “doesn’t sound like a residence to me, because it’s not a fixed place of habitation,” she acknowledged that “questions of residency are ultimately for the court to decide.”
Sure, this is fertile ground for allegations of wrongdoing, and the subject of the article is Reyes’s case, not Rove’s departure. But I gotta ask: when is “technically illegal” not the same thing as “illegal?” Because, if you ask me, in most places taking a “technically illegal” deduction on your taxes is known as “tax fraud.”