Websters: Carpetbagger: OUTSIDER ; especially : a nonresident or new resident who meddles in politics
Some of the more politically naive members of the Indianapolis gay community have complained about the use of the term "carpetbagger" in reference to Kris Kiser, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives opposing lionesslike champion of Indianapolis' gay community, incumbent Rep. Julia Carson, in the Democrat Party primary in May.
Kiser, despite claiming that he's been living in Indy since early 2005, didn't register to vote until November of 2005 nor is his "residence" in his name.
His 'devoted husband' did not register until January, 2006 and, when registering, couldn't remember the Indianapolis address he supposedly lived in with Kris for this duration.
That should surprise no one as Kiser claimed a D.C. tax exemption for 2005 that only D.C. residents are entitled to.
At the same time, the 'husband' has maintained a residence in the Baltimore area.
Definitional of "carpetbagger", if you ask me.
Does Kiser have a right to run -- sure. Should he run is another question altogether and is more than a legit question under the circumstances.
Even his old boss, Lee Hamilton, has opined that it is not his place to tell Kiser not to run -- that any Democrat resident may run in the Indiana primary, no matter how merely titular the term 'resident' may be when applied to said candidate -- but neither is he endorsing Kris, despite the carefully constructed insinuations from Kris that he has Hamilton's support. In fact, Hamilton has quietly made it known that he wishes that Kris would more deeply question the wisdom of doing so.
This is not the first insinuated endorsement that has proven not to be true for Kiser. As mentioned on this blog, there are the 'absolutely no way' non-endorsements of Reps. Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin despite insinuations in The Word and on Amos Brown's radio show that he had their support.
In following up with a similar insinuation with the Victory Fund, there's a similar result. According to Tressa Feher, Director of Endorsements at the Victory Fund, that despite that they have looked at his campaign, any claims that that PAC is or was encouraging him to run are specious. The organization met in January in Los Angeles, where finalizing their 2006 endorsements was a substantive part of their agenda -- an agenda on which the issue of Kris Kiser was absent.
Where there's smoke, there's usually fire...