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Miami lawmaker caught living outside his district



spec.sess111610hackley20.jpgMore than 170 days since Republican Rep. Frank Artiles was elected, he still hasn't moved to the west Miami-Dade district he represents in the Florida House — a potential constitutional violation that could cost him five months' pay.

Artiles was caught living in his Palmetto Bay home Monday night when a Miami political blogger knocked on the door.

Wearing gym shorts and socks as he watched the Miami Heat basketball game, Artiles admitted to blogger Elaine de Valle that he didn't live in his district, she wrote.

"I'm moving to West Kendall next week," he told de Valle, a former Miami Herald reporter, according to a Tuesday posting on her Political Cortadito blog. When she pulled her videocamera out to interview him, she wrote, he closed the door on her. Read more here.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 21, 2011 11:48am]


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