In a debate Sunday, Rep. Thelma Drake (R) accused CLW candidate Glenn Nye (D) of “gaming” the tax system. Drake accused Nye of cheating the DC tax system by claiming a house there as a primary residence when he didn’t really live there. She’s technically correct, Nye did claim to own the house with his brother. But the reason he wasn’t living there was because Nye was in Iraq working for the State Department.
A Virginian-Pilot editorial put it this way:
“Drake is criticizing the Nye brothers for claiming as a primary residence the house they left behind while serving their country in a war zone. What the Nyes did will sound very familiar to the heavily military voters of the 2nd District . . . Service members forced to change duty stations make similar arrangements as a matter of course . . . The fact that Drake would apparently prefer to play gotcha politics on a public servant than discuss the issues doesn’t say much for her confidence in defending her record.”