I don't know much about this race, but I love the understated way in which this is presented:
Sheldon’s residency became an issue after he learned Tuesday that his Bar license had lapsed because he had failed to complete or report continued education. To be attorney general, Sheldon needed the law license.I would think so!
So he told the Bar he lives in DC so he should be exempt from the CLE requirement, yet he needs to be a resident to run for AG:
From 2011 to October 2013, Sheldon held a $179,000 job at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that required him to live, at least part time, out of state.Oy -- maybe he should have just done the CLE?
Sheldon says there’s no problem because he claimed Florida’s $50,000 homestead tax exemption for one of his two Tallahassee homes. He said he didn’t rent out the home and would visit it periodically. And he kept his voter registration in Tallahassee.
“I was clearly a resident,” Sheldon said. “As long as I maintained my residence in Florida, I think I qualify.”
But in a Wednesday email to the Florida Bar, Sheldon said he had been living out of state. He was seeking to qualify for an exemption from a Florida Bar requirement to take continuing legal education, and to reinstate his eligibility to practice law.
“I was acting assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services living in Washington as demonstrated by my address in Washington,” Sheldon wrote to Michelle Francis, the Bar’s education compliance and accreditation manager. “As such, I am exempt for those years from the CLE requirement and assumed that the Bar was aware of my status.”