Q&A #9: Lantigua

"Caroline" asks: 

Can the State House of Representatives vote out Willy Lantigua?  If so, do you think they should?

Lantigua is the newly elected mayor of Lawrence, who has decided to serve out his term as state rep, doing both jobs (and taking both salaries) for the year. I believe the House can force him out, but I'm sure they will not.

Personally, I have no problem with what he's doing. Plenty of public officials, including state reps, also hold another job -- often one that presents far more of a potential conflict than another public office. If it turns out he can't effectively do both jobs, he'll pay for it next time at the ballot box.

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