Wallace files ethics complaint against Legg
Does Rep. John Legg, R-New Port Richey, live in his House district? Or with his family in his hopeful Senate district?
That's a question former Rep. Rob Wallace doesn't intend to let fly under the radar as he faces off against Legg and former marine John Korsak for the newly drawn District 17 seat in Hillsborough and Pasco counties.
Wallace filed a complaint with Florida's Commission on Ethics July 25, alleging that Legg moved out of House District 46 to run for Senate. Legislators are legally required to live in the district they represent.
The move follows a July 20 press release in which Wallace demanded Legg resign over the alleged breach. It's not unusual for politicians to file ethics complaints during campaigns to psych out opponents and draw attention to a negative issue.
Legg, who has the support of Senate leadership, maintains that he and his wife have two houses, one in his House district and the other in the Senate district for which he's running. He said he's preparing to move to the house in the Senate district, and the House General Counsel told him the preparations are fine.
Legg still claims homestead exemption in his House district, a signal he might still live there part time.
But Wallace's ethics complaint includes the following accusations.
1. On May 29, 2012 Legg filed a Candidate Oath Form DS-DE 24 which was notarized stating an address in the Senate district. He listed the same address on an Appointment of Campaign Treasurer Form DS-DE 9 which is signed under penalty of perjury. Both of these official campaign documents were received by the Department of State Division of Elections on June 4, 2012 as qualifying papers.
2. Legg filed Form 6 with the Commission on Ethics with the Senate district address on May 29, 2012. It was received by the Division of Elections on June 4, 2012.
3. The Division of Motor Vehicles employee Courtney Heidelberg confirmed to Brittany Davis of the Times/Herald that Legg had changed his Driver’s License to the Senate district residence.
4. The Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley’s records indicate that Legg recently changed his voter registration address to the Senate district address.
5. Mike Deeson of Channel 10 News in Tampa, FL did a news story on January 17, 2012 in which he interviewed Legg who said he had two residences since his marriage in 2007. Legg said he had been splitting time between them.
6. William March of the Tampa Tribune reported that Legg had told March that he had moved from a house in Port Richey located in House District 46 to a house in Trinity. The Senate district address is in Trinity.