Although there is no law mandating Congressional Representatives to live within the district they represent, Incumbent Republican Tom McClintock has been sharply criticized for exactly this.
After an article released last week by the California Globe that highlighted the turmoil between each candidate’s support base, the #MorseCrew have made it a top priority to point out this interesting facet of the Congressman’s current living location.
In a video released today by the Democratic challenger, Jessica Morse blasts the Representative saying “some of our youngest volunteers looked at a map of CA04 and couldn’t find Tom McClintock’s house. These kids don’t know why he refuses to live in our community. I’m five generations from Northern California—no question where my loyalties lie. I’ll put our #CommunityFirst.”
The clip shows two young children pointing out the disparity in distance between each of the candidates houses while McClintock’s (shown in red) lies just outside the geographic region. One of the kids says “for some reason he’s not in the district. I don’t know why, that’s weird.”
Some of our youngest volunteers looked at a map of #CA04 and couldn’t find @tommcclintock’s house. 🤷♂️ These kids don’t know why he refuses to live in our community. I’m five generations from Northern California—no question where my loyalties lie. I’ll put our #CommunityFirst. pic.twitter.com/hScXquYQ46
— Jessica Morse (@Morse4America) November 5, 2018
McClintock has lived in Elk Grove since before being first elected to congress in 2008. No other challenger has raised the out-of-district living issue quite like Jessica Morse. In his defense, according to the LA Times, Morse “grew up about half an hour outside the district and recently moved back to Northern California from Washington, D.C. Now she lives in one of the district’s Sierra foothill communities.”
McClintock also says “this is now the third election where I’ve faced a candidate who’s moved in from another state, campaigned against me for being a carpetbagger, been handily defeated and then promptly left.”