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State Rep. Legg blurs the line on residency



Rep. John Legg, R-Port Richey, owns a non-homesteaded house in Port Richey. But the house in his wife's name -- and with homestead tax exemption -- is in Trinity, outside of the coastal district he represents.

Legg, running for re-election against New Port Richey Democrat Ron Rice, said he splits time between the two homes. When the legislative session is out, Legg said, he is "mostly at Woodcrest, but my wife is mainly in Trinity." The couple is raising their 6-month-old son and Suzanne's three teenagers from a previous marriage. They plan to ultimately sell both houses, Legg said.

"It seems to me as if Mr. Legg is having a difficult time choosing between his family and his political career," Rice said. "It's a tough situation. … It's not a situation I have to deal with."

Read Jodie Tillman's story here.

David DeCamp, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:34am]


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