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Should Senate President Troy Jackson be investigated over claims that he violated the Legislature’s residency rules?

Senate President Troy Jackson has come under fire over his use of a second home in Augusta.

Senate President Troy Jackson speaks at a news conference on May 25. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal file

A Republican state representative filed a formal complaint Wednesday with the Maine Ethics Commission, calling for an investigation of whether Jackson has violated the Legislature’s residency rules. Jackson, a Democrat from Allagash, was the subject of a recent article by a conservative website, the Maine Wire, which reported that Jackson purchased a single-family home in Augusta in 2019. The article reported that Jackson sought to claim the Augusta home as his primary residence to his lender and insurance companies even as he claimed to primarily live in Allagash on campaign finance forms.

Jackson has dismissed allegations that he did anything wrong, with a spokesperson describing the complaint as a partisan attack spearheaded by a right-wing website.

But what do you think? Should Jackson be investigated over the claims that he violated legislative rules? Tell us in the poll and comments below.

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