U.S. Senate candidates parachuting into Pa. a troubling development

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  • Pat Toomey is not running for reelection as a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania.
  • That seat is drawing interest from candidates who recently established residency in the state.
  • To qualify as a U.S. Senator, candidates only need to establish residency in the state..

Let’s start by saying that what they are doing is perfectly legal.

The U.S. Constitution makes that abundantly clear.

That’s not the same, however, as saying it’s right. In fact, it’s downright troubling.

Three well-heeled Republicans are candidates (or will almost certainly soon be candidates) for Pennsylvania’s soon-to-be open U.S. Senate seat. Each has decided (or appears ready) to parachute into our state in an attempt to claim the office currently occupied by two-term Senator Pat Toomey, who has decided not to seek re-election.

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