East Baton Rouge Parish’s chief prosecutor on Tuesday rejected a request from Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness for an investigation into Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s legal residence.
Meanwhile, a state legislator’s lawsuit against Landrieu and Secretary of State Tom Schedler is set for a court hearing Friday in Baton Rouge.
Former challenger Paul Hollis, a Republican state representative from St. Tammany Parish, contends in his suit — as Maness alleged in his complaint to District Attorney Hillar Moore III — that Landrieu cannot represent Louisiana because she lives full-time in Washington.
Landrieu disputes that allegation.
Moore said Tuesday that the request from Maness on Friday afternoon came less than two hours before the deadline for Moore to take court action, which did not give his office enough time to “make any responsible determination as to the complaint … that would justify the filing of any court action.”
Moore noted in his five-page response to Maness’ complaint that the issue of Landrieu’s residency “has been presented to the court” in the form of Hollis’ suit.
State District Judge Wilson Fields has scheduled a hearing Friday morning.
Maness, a tea party candidate from Madisonville, said Tuesday that Landrieu’s “periodic trips to Louisiana are the visits of a political tourist, not a true resident.”
Landrieu lists her residence as 4301 S. Prieur St., New Orleans. That also is the address she uses on her voter registration. The house is owned by a trust in which the senator, her eight siblings and their parents share equally.
Landrieu has said she has lived on Prieur most of her life and lives there now “when not fulfilling my duties in Washington or serving constituents across the state.”
Hollis dropped out of the Senate race in July and endorsed Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, who also has taken aim at Landrieu’s residency in speeches.
Residency criticism in 2002 and 2008 failed to unseat Landrieu.
Secretary of State spokeswoman Meg Casper has said if a person has multiple residences, he or she can basically pick one as the legal one for voting and candidacy purposes. There is no requirement as to a minimum number of days of residence.