In 3 local House races, accusations of carpetbagging
|By Jonathan Tamari, The Philadelphia Inquirer|
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Together, the three most competitive House races in the
But will the critiques resonate with voters?
Political analysts and operatives offer split opinions.
"It's not a paramount issue," said
Values, she said, matter more than roots -- though sometimes the two go hand-in-hand. Someone who grew up in suburban
By law, House candidates only have to live in the state where they are running, not in the actual district.
Carpetbagger attacks can work if they are tied to a deeper flaw,
The accusations arise around the country every election -- and often fail.
"Strouse's only connection to
Strouse grew up in
Strouse's campaign pointed to his military service.
"If Congressman Fitzpatrick wants to have a conversation about who has done more to serve our country, we're happy to have that discussion," wrote Strouse spokesman
In the race for a
Trivedi says he lives and raises his children in a
Trivedi's wife works in
"It is clear he does not live here," said
Trivedi's campaign declined to comment on the source of his income but stressed that he was born and raised in
When similar questions about his
Voters are more concerned with "how out of touch career politicians like
In 2012, Republicans there attacked Democrat
This year, however, Republicans are supporting MacArthur, who until a few months ago was mayor of
Democrats have used MacArthur's
MacArthur's campaign points out that he has owned a house in
MacArthur said his family had planned to move south after their children graduated from high school.
When incumbent Rep.
His website describes him as "a local mayor" without mentioning the name of the town.
Each race may be different. Circumstances matter, said
"Did they move in simply to run for office?" he asked. "Or did they move in to get involved in the community?"
Outsiders may be OK, but not opportunists.
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