72 Days: Happy Anniversary, Liddy!

DAY 72

Seven years ago today, just two days after hearing the news that Jesse Helms would not seek re-election, Dole registered to vote in North Carolina, after having been registered in Kansas for more than 25 years -- even running for President as a Jayhawk. But changing her registration was merely a technicality - she and Bob never left their home at the Watergate, where they live to this day. Dole's more than 40 year absence from North Carolina and her continued refusal to live in the state she claims to represent has left her out of touch with North Carolina and unprepared to work for the state's best interests.

1966: Dole Begins 42 Year Stint As A Washington Insider. Elizabeth Dole moved to Washington, DC after receiving her law degree in 1965. She remained in Washington for over 40 years. The Washington Post noted that Dole has spent “nearly all of her adult life” in Washington. To this day, she continues to live in a condo at the Watergate in Washington. The Raleigh News & Observer noted that “as power shifted in Washington, Dole proved herself adept at climbing the political ladder...she has proved to be ideologically nimble, changing not only parties but positions.” [Houston Chronicle, 10/29/96; Charlotte Observer, 5/4/08; Raleigh News & Observer, 10/13/02; Washington Post, 10/7/02]

1975: Dole Registered To Vote In Kansas. In 1975, Elizabeth Dole registered to vote in Kansas. She remained registered to vote in Kansas until August 2001, when she registered to vote in North Carolina. [Associated Press, 2/5/02, Wichita Eagle, 6/10/02]

1975: Dole Moved Into The Watergate. According to Newsweek, the Doles have lived in “the same two-bedroom, first floor Watergate condo” that Bob Dole purchased after he divorced his first wife in 1972. In the late 1990’s, according to the Washington Post, the Doles bought a neighboring apartment at the Watergate, which they combined with their original unit. Bob Dole said, “We love it here. People around the world think of Watergate, and they think of scandal, but I can't think of anywhere I'd rather live.” The second apartment they bought had previously been occupied by Monica Lewinsky. [Newsweek, 1/8/96; Washington Post, 3/22/03; The Hotline, 5/13/02]

Spring 2001: Bush Recruited Dole To Run For Senate In North Carolina. According to the Raleigh News & Observer, “Bush and the Republican leadership started recruiting Dole for the North Carolina Senate race” in the spring of 2001. At one point at a reception at the White House, Bush told Dole, “I hope you are really thinking about this.” [Raleigh News & Observer, 10/13/02; Charlotte Observer, 1/29/02; Raleigh News and Observer, 2/9/02]

August 22, 2001: North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms Announces He Will Not Seek Reelection. On August 22, 2001, North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms announced that he would not seek reelection in the 2002 election. [Associated Press, 8/22/01]

August 22, 2001: Dole Sought To Terminate Voter Registration In Kansas. The same day that Senator Jesse Helms announced his intention not to seek reelection in 2002, Elizabeth Dole wrote a letter to Kansas officials declaring her intention to terminate her voter registration in Kansas in order to register “in another jurisdiction.” [Associated Press, 8/24/01]

August 24, 2001: Dole Registered To Vote In North Carolina. On August 24, 2001, Elizabeth Dole registered to vote in Rowan County, North Carolina, just two days after North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms announced that he would not seek reelection in 2002. She had been registered in Russell, Kansas since 1975. Dole told a reporter, “I just want you to know, I’ve never lived in Kansas.” [Charlotte Observer, 9/2/01]

Dole Hasn’t Lived In North Carolina “Since Elvis Was King And Ike President.” In 2002, the Christian Science Monitor wrote, “Elizabeth Dole may not have lived in North Carolina since Elvis was king and Ike president, but she swears she never quite left her Tarheel home.” [Christian Science Monitor, 2/22/02]

Dole Hasn’t Lived In North Carolina For 40 Years. In January 2002, the Charlotte Observer noted that Dole “hasn’t lived in [North Carolina] for 40 years,” and in February 2002, Jack Betts said Dole “[had not] lived regularly in a state where [she wants] to be the next U.S. Senator.” [Associated Press, 2/5/02; Wichita Eagle, 6/10/02; Charlotte Observer, 1/3/02, 2/3/02]

December 2001: Dole Mailed Out Christmas Card From Her Mother’s Home In Salisbury. In 2001, Dole mailed a Christmas card to supporters that included a picture of her and Bob Dole in front of the home in Salisbury, North Carolina where Elizabeth Dole’s mother lived at the time. Elizabeth Dole bought the home the day after Christmas, on December 26, 2001, according to public records. The Charlotte Observer reported, “When Elizabeth and Bob Dole decided to send Christmas greetings ‘from our home to yours,’ they could have faced a tough choice. Should they include a picture of the Christmas tree at their co-op at Washington’s Watergate complex? Decorations in their Florida condo? The card, sent to 26,000 of her closest friends and paid for by her campaign, appears designed to reaffirm her ties to a state she hasn’t lived in for 40 years.” [Raleigh News & Observer, 12/29/01; Rowan County Government; Accessed 8/22/08; Charlotte Observer, 1/3/02]

December 26, 2001: Dole Bought North Carolina Home From Family Trust. On December 26, 2001, Dole bought a home in Salisbury, North Carolina where her mother lived from her family’s trust for $350,000. Dole’s mailing address that is listed on the property record is in Washington, DC address. In 2002, the Washington Post noted that Dole “has spent most of her recent life living at the Watergate.” [Rowan County Government; Accessed 8/22/08; Washington Post 10/7/02; Associated Press, 1/13/02; Washington Post, 10/7/02]

February 23, 2002: Dole Official Announced Senate Candidacy After Campaigning For “Nearly Six Months.” Elizabeth Dole held an event on February 23, 2002 in Salisbury, North Carolina to officially kick-off her campaign for the U.S. Senate. She had originally planned a kick-off event for September 11, 2001, but cancelled the event after the terrorist attacks. The Charlotte Observer noted that she had been campaigning in North Carolina “for nearly six months” before the official kick-off event. [Charlotte Observer, 2/24/02[

May 2002: Dole Refused To Say She Would Live In North Carolina If She Lost The 2002 Senate Race. In May 2002, Dole was asked where she would live if she lost the Senate race. “I own a home in Salisbury,” she replied. Dole was then pressed, “So that’s where you’ll live?” She replied, “You know, I’m focused on winning this election, and, frankly, there hasn’t been any talk about not winning it. But I certainly own a home and a business, you know, in Salisbury, and a great deal of my time over the past years has been right there in that house.” [Charlotte Observer, 5/12/02]

August 2002: Dole’s Church Was In D.C. In 2002, the Washington Post reported that Bob and Elizabeth Dole attend the National Presbyterian Church in Washington. [Washington Post, 8/3/02]

June 25, 2008: “We Live At The Watergate.” At a campaign event in North Carolina on June 25, 2008, Bob Dole said, “We live at the Watergate, where every 25 years something exciting happens.” [YouTube video, accessed 8/23/08; Raleigh News & Observer, 6/25/08]

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