GOP Rep. Frank Artiles still not living in his legislative district — more than 170 days after election

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More than 170 days since Republican Rep. Frank Artiles was elected, he still hasn’t moved to the west Miami-Dade district he represents in the Florida House ?a potential Constitutional violation that could cost him 5 months’ pay.

Artiles was caught living in his Palmetto Bay home Monday night when a Miami political blogger knocked on the door.

Wearing gym shorts and socks as he watched the Miami Heat basketball game, Artiles admitted to blogger Elaine de Valle that he didn’t live in his district, she wrote.

“I’m moving to West Kendall next week,” he told de Valle, a formerMiami Herald reporter, according to a Tuesday posting on her Political Cortadito blog. When she pulled her video camera out to interview him, she wrote, he closed the door on her.

Artiles didn’t return calls to theTimes/Herald on Wednesday. When aTimes/Herald reporter called his cell phone as he sat on the House floor before session, Artiles picked up the phone and then put it down without answering. He later waved to a reporter in the gallery, but refused to return calls or a text message. Continue reading Marc Caputo’s story here.

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