CA-50:Another Crook: Bilbray being investigated by Grand Jury

cross-posted from Calitics: the progressive community blog for California.

Brian Bilbray has been very quiet recently. Yeah, he's heavily favored in CA-50 in the rematch with Francine Busby, but still you'd think he'd show up somewhere, anywhere in his district.  But, according to Words Have Power, he's been hiding out.  He's not been updating his web site, and he failed to show up at an AARP-sponsored debate. Strange.

Or maybe not so strange. According to the San Diego County Democratic Party, Bilbray is being investigated a grand jury impaneled by the District Attorney.  Follow me over the flip.

From the very beginning, there were questions as to where Mr. Bilbray lives.  We all know that. But he swore, under the penalty of perjury, that he had multiple primary residences.  One of which, was his mother's address in North (San Diego) County. Well, more from the party:

We've recently heard reports that the San Diego District Attorney's Office has impaneled a Grand Jury to investigate our complaint.

The Democratic Party had asked whether Bilbray's sworn claims of multiple primary residences amounted to perjury or voter fraud. If our concerns are substantiated, it would appear that Bilbray broke the law in the very district whose past representative is now in federal prison for betraying the public's trust.


Our original letter to the San Diego District Attorney (5/17/06) refers to Bilbray's signed voter registration -- days after the Cunningham story broke -- declaring a Carlsbad address to be his "residence and domicile" under penalty of perjury (6/21/05).

Less than two months after re-registering, he signed a new deed of trust for his home in Alexandria, Virginia (8/25/05). He did not indicate that the home was anything other than his "principal residence," which the deed would have explicitly forbidden.

In December of 2005, Bilbray's children testified under oath that they lived in Virginia with their father. The context was a lawsuit in which Bilbray claimed his children were out-of-state residents who deserved to pay the same tuition as undocumented immigrants who lived in-state. A few months later, he signed a formal declaration of candidacy to run for Congress (2/23/06), citing his mother's house on Unicornio Street in Carlsbad as his residence.

Throughout this entire period, he was receiving a homeowner's tax exemption on his property in South County's Imperial Beach, where neighbors had spotted him in the community ever since he began to run for the North County seat.(SD Cty. Dem. Party)

So, what's that 3 "primary residences" ? One of which, and the residences where his children were living, was in Virginia.  You know, where he was a lobbyist. Oh, and residency requirements include...well...actually living in the state.

So, CA-50 has gone from a crook who received bribes for his votes to a perjurer .  Wow, that's a huge step up.

Oh and Words Have Power is reporting that he is scheduled (since 9/26) to appear at a Chamber of Commerce event. Follow this Words Have Power link for more info and to get the information to attend.  If you live in the S.D. area, please do so.  You think he'll answer any questions about the grand jury?

Tags: Brian Bilbray, CA-50, California, Francine Busby (all tags)



The MSM hasn't touched this

No results for "Bibray grand jury" on Google News search.

by utbrian 2006-10-11 07:20PM | 0 recs
Re: The MSM hasn't touched this

I'll be working on contacting my local press as soon as possible.

Thanks for this tip!

This makes the race competitive again!

Just another crook!

by macromayhem 2006-10-11 08:56PM | 0 recs
Re: The MSM hasn't touched this

Well, we always knew Bilbray was a crook!

Maybe this time around, voters will realize that!

by atdleft 2006-10-11 10:53PM | 0 recs
Re: CA-50:Another Crook: Bilbray being investigate

Rick Renzi (R-"AZ") should be investigated along those same lines.  Is anyone else aware that his primary residence is in Fairfax, Virginia and has been for about 3 decades?  He doesn't even own a house in the Arizona district he represents.  He made a down payment on such house in Flagstaff before the 2002 election, and never moved in, which the bank foreclosed on because he never made payments.  The house was only used by his 2002 campaign staff for their late night parties.  He also owns a ranch in Arizona - in the 8th district, not the 1st.  Currently he has no claim at all to residency in AZ-1.

by ACSR 2006-10-12 01:34AM | 0 recs


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