New­som Cal­i­for­nia Sen­ate pick Laphon­za But­ler faces optics storm over Mary­land res­i­den­cy

Newsom California Senate pick Laphonza Butler faces optics storm over Maryland residency

Demo­c­ra­t­ic activist Laphon­za But­ler cre­at­ed a polit­i­cal firestorm with her Mary­land res­i­dence since being appoint­ed by Gov. Gavin New­som (D‑CA) to the Sen­ate in Cal­i­for­nia, though the hous­ing hub­bub like­ly will pass legal muster, accord­ing to attor­neys.
But­ler is fac­ing the noise after cam­paign finance and state records sur­faced on Sun­day show­ing she lives in Sil­ver Spring, Mary­land, and reg­is­tered to vote there in Sep­tem­ber 2022. New­som’s pick to fill the upper cham­ber seat of ex-Sen. Dianne Fein­stein (D‑CA), who died Fri­day at the age of 90, qui­et­ly removed “Mary­land” from her X account bio recent­ly, and her bio on the web­site of EMI­LY’s List, the left-wing polit­i­cal action com­mit­tee of which she is pres­i­dent, also scrubbed men­tions of her Mary­land res­i­dence.
INCOMING CALIFORNIA SEN. LAPHONZA BUTLER’S ADDRESS SHOWS HER LIVING IN MARYLAND
New­som spokes­woman Izzy Gar­don told Axios on Sun­day that But­ler is “a long­time Cal­i­for­nia res­i­dent and home­own­er” but also moved to the sub­urbs of Wash­ing­ton, D.C., in 2021. The incom­ing sen­a­tor will be re-reg­is …