Yesterday, I posted on Tlaib defending terrorists who were launching hundreds of rockets into Israel. Today, I ran across another interesting story involving her.
Rashida Tlaib’s father claimed in 2010 that she lied on her election affidavit about where she lived in order to qualify for the office she was seeking. Why is something that happened in 2010 just now coming to light? Because the comments were in a Detroit News article that was effectively scrubbed from the internet.
In a March 11, 2010 newspaper article in The Detroit News, Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-MI) father accused her of lying “big-time to get elected” by falsifying her address on an election affidavit.
The details center around a house that Tlaib’s father was part owner of.
He said his daughter misrepresented her residency when she signed an election affidavit in 2008 with the Wayne County Clerk claiming she was a citizen of Detroit.
According to that affidavit, Tlaib claimed she lived at 9123 Rathbone in Detroit. That house is owned in part by her father, Harbi Elabed, and he now says she did not live there and he was only recently made aware that she had claimed so.
“She lied,” Elabed said. “She lied big-time to get elected. I never teach her that way. I teach her the right way. It’s my house. She didn’t live there. She lived in Dearborn in her house with her husband and boy.”
Here's the March 11, 2010, report in The Detroit News pic.twitter.com/rFe5lH0iLt
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There was apparently a lot of bad blood in the relationship and Tlaib claimed that her father was lying to get back at her. Who’s telling the truth? We’ll probably never know because Tlaib was never made to prove residency despite claims she could. I’d guess any statute of limitations on something like this is long gone and no one in Detroit would prosecute anyway.
Fudging residency to run for office is a favorite pass-time of politicians everywhere. You may recall that AOC faced similar questions that have yet to be resolved (among many others about her campaign finance). Perhaps it’s time for those that run for office to be made to prove this stuff? Seems like a small failsafe to implement given the importance of elections.
Nothing will happen here, but it’s worth exposing nonetheless. A Republican would be grilled on this so we’ll see whether the media finds it even worth mentioning (spoiler: they won’t).
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