Tom Cotton may not spend much time in the state he represents
Last week, George Santos, a new Republican representative in New York, got a belated review, that is, people caught him lying about everything from his legacy to Where he lives. Now there’s a report on Tom Cotton, the slightly notorious GOP senator from Arizona, who is raising questions about his time in the state he represents.
The report, of Arkansas Times, explores how much time Cotton and his family, namely his wife and two children, spend in Little Rock, Arkansas, where they moved several years ago. That doesn’t seem like a lot. Most senators tend to make extensive trips to DC, but spend most of their time in their home state. Indeed, many try to spend as little time as possible in the nation’s capital. Cotton doesn’t seem to do that. Instead, his office paid for no trips in 2021 and none between January and September.
Additionally, those who live in the apartment complex where he is registered to vote do not recall walking the halls from him or borrowing brown sugar. “You’ll never see him,” says his neighbor, who says he’s only seen him a few times in the past three years. He says he sometimes hears noises late at night but never during the day.
Another neighbor, who lives across the hall, said he never saw anyone enter or leave the unit. There was that time last year when she heard kids over the weekend. They thought it was used like Airbnb.
But what about Cotton’s social media accounts? Occasionally he posts pictures of himself in the Wonder State, but rarely. Indeed, he can go several weeks without posting messages confirming that he is at home.
It’s not even known if his family lives there or in the DC area. Cotton’s wife has voted by mail 11 times since 2016. The last time she voted in person was in 2014. She is registered as a lawyer in four different states, none of which are in Arkansas.
Cotton rose to prominence in the summer of 2020, when he wrote an op-ed for The New York Times in which he recommended sending the National Guard to New York to crush Black Lives Matter protesters. He wasn’t a hard-core MAGA; it was among those who have spoken out against Trump’s voter fraud allegationswhat did before the January 6 riot, which he later condemned. Again, he was also one of a handful of senators who voted against a bill intended to help stop attacks on Asian American citizens during a rise in hate crimes.