Blogger Catches State Rep. Frank Artiles Living Outside His District Five Months After Election

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Rep. Frank Artiles
Florida law isn't murky when it comes to residency requirements for state representatives: "Upon taking office" you must be living and voting in your district. Pretty simple, right?

Well, five months after getting sworn to represent a district in West Kendall, Republican Frank Artiles is still living in his $300,000 Palmetto Bay home. Ex-Herald reporter Elaine de Valle caught him there red-handed on Monday night watching a Miami Heat game in his gym pants.

De Valle confronted the politician when he answered his front door in socks, saying, "You are not supposed to be living here."

Artiles told her that he's moving next week to West Kendall, but then slammed the door and hid in the kitchen when Del Valle asked him for an address and took out her camera. ("There's a fine line between journalism and stalking," de Valle writes, explaining why she eventually gave up on getting a photo and went home.)

Since then, the freshman legislator has kept hiding from reporters. The Miami Herald reports this morning that he dodged calls on the House floor, waved at a reporter and then ignored more texts and phone calls.

The paper found that, indeed, in the last election Artiles registered and voted by absentee ballot in his Palmetto Bay district, not District 119, where he won his seat.

No one has filed a formal complaint yet, but Artiles could end up facing a $13,000-plus fine over his shenanigans.

In his young political career, Artiles already has a notable history of stretching the truth. His biggest splash so far as a legislator has been co-sponsoring a silly bill that would ban doctors from asking patients about gun ownership. (Because our American freedoms are clearly imperiled by pediatricians discussing gun safety with parents.)

While discussing the bill with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Artiles insisted repeatedly that his law would only make it illegal to not treat patients based on gun ownership, not to ask about it.

Check out the video below for Cooper on his next episode, when he's read the text of the bill which clearly shows Artiles was blowing smoke. (The representative refused to come back on camera to talk about his misstatements.)

"As for why he was so adamantly inaccurate last night, we'll let you be the judge of that," Cooper says.



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9 comments
Mlsusf
Mlsusf

The problem is that the majority of Miami Dade residents don't research the candidates....they continuously vote in crooks and then expect them to vote in their best interest. It's depressing....

Thanaw
Thanaw

Was this guy by chance a "birther"? Hypocrits deserve a public humiliation, and I'm afraid this loser will be let off with a slap on the wrist - if that. Maybe the right wing-nuts should focus on making sure their party is represented by individuals who live in the proper district, then we can focus on making sure the VOTERS live in the proper district, and once we get those problems solved we can focus on the all-important issue of making sure that all presidential candidates prove themselves as natural-born.

Ana Leigh
Ana Leigh

Let's check the record on Artiles: did he take out a second mortgage on his Palmetto Bay house right after he was elected? Interesting - remodel and adding on to a house he's not supposed to be living in. Interesting....

Another corrupt pol
Another corrupt pol

Congratulations to Elaine the blogger. Great scoop.

How many other elected officials are breaking laws?

Johnny
Johnny

Why is the CNN video even there?

http://www.flsenate.gov/Sessio...

Let's read the bill that was introduced.

I am sure doctors can be like 'If there's any guns in the house here is some gun safety advice...'

I don't want to hear 'Does your child live in a house with guns? How many guns are in the house? What type of guns? etc' There's no reason to even know. It's private matter. They can advise what they want to advise, but they don't have to actually know the answer.

Just like they can advise about car seats, pool safety etc.

The bill came to be because there was some doctors refusing care to kids because parents didn't want to answer the question.

Redland Lady
Redland Lady

Artilles is one of those perennial candidates looking for any elected position. The only reason he won was because he was seen as the lesser of 2 evils; Pseudo democrat, Dade County Farm Bureau queen Katy Edwards or Artilles. He has always been shady and now he has proven it to the world.

Ana Leigh
Ana Leigh

Yes, we all know who they are, Does DCF ring a bell?

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