Media impact on the special election

Ron Bello
Sat Jan 23 16:12:08 EST 2010

Why did Barney Frank move to Newton from Back Bay to run for the seat
formerly held by Fr. Drinan in 1980 ?

On Sat, Jan 23, 2010 at 2:18 PM, Garrett Wollman <>wrote:

> <<On Sat, 23 Jan 2010 13:31:43 -0500, "Dan.Strassberg" <
>> said:
> > Are you sure??? I'm not on a position to declare that you are wrong
> > but what you're saying makes little sense to me. I'd appreciate a
> > reference.
> The United States Constitution is the reference.  It never mentions
> anything about districts (or constituencies, the traditional English
> term for electoral districts), although the Framers were undoubtedly
> familiar with the concept since that was how the British Parliament at
> Westminster was organized.  The only residency requirement for
> Representatives is that they live in the state they represent.  (As
> with Westminster, there is no requirement to live in the constituency
> and local government may not impose any further restriction.)
> > If you are correct, why aren't all representatives elected at-large
> > instead of being voted on only in their "own" districts?
> Because Congress has forbidden the practice (except, obviously, in
> states with only one Representative).
> -GAWollman

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