This is Freddie Ramirez. I wrote about him last week because he wants to become a State Representative for West Kensington and Fairhill in the 197th District in Harrisburg. He owes the state thousands of dollars in back income taxes.
The previous occupant of that state rep. seat, Leslie Acosta, was booted out because she was convicted and sentenced for her role in a money laundering scheme related to a health clinic in Juniata. Governor Wolf even begged her to resign her seat. She refused. She then lobbied Democratic ward leaders to hand-pick Ramirez as her replacement and won. The Democrats put Ramirez forward as their candidate for the 197th.
There is just one problem: there is a growing body of evidence that strongly suggests he doesn’t live here.
The Pennsylvania Constitution states in Article 2 Section 5 that state representatives must live in the district that they want to represent for one year before the date of election. The special election to replace Acosta is March 21, just weeks away.
The Invisible Neighbor
In Commonwealth Court today the Republican City Committee presented evidence that Freddie Ramirez is rarely if-ever seen at his home located at 430 West Annsbury Street.
This Google Street View photo taken in September 2014 long before his entry into politics shows weeds at Mr. Ramirez’s house growing out of control and crawling up the burglar bars on the first floor and a rose bush that has reached the hight of the first floor kitchen windows. The rear yard consists of a masonry wall with badly overgrown plants and broken fences. (Click here to tour the outside).
Two witnesses who live on the block came to testify. One witness said she had never seen Mr. Ramirez enter or leave the house since she moved in. Another witness who lives directly across the street from Ramirez testified that she neither saw Mr. Ramirez coming and going from the house and also has never seen trash put out for collection for that house as opposed to the other houses on the same block which are occupied.
Over 20 months of Mr. Ramirez’s electricity and water bills were entered into the record. Philadelinquency pulled Mr. Ramirez’s most recent water statement and this is what we came up with:
Mr. Ramirez’s water bill for January is $27.87 which is the lowest water bill you can possibly have for a residential row-home and not be on public assistance. That amount represents 0CCF water usage as the amount you owe solely consists of basic charges.
I’ll use my own water bill to explain:
This is the last bill I got from the Water Revenue Bureau. I normally only pay my water bill about 3 times a year because this is the only utility I have that still to this day does not support a BillPay service that everyone gets for free with their bank’s checking account. I refuse to give access to my checking account to a City agency, much less a City-owned company.
My stormwater charges are exactly the same as Mr. Ramirez’s: $14.12
A service charge of $13.75 is assessed on every water bill for every residential rowhome in Philadelphia. The technical term for it is “Meter Type R”. The Service Charge includes a water fee of $6.58 and a sewer fee of $7.17. $6.58 plus $7.17 equals $13.75. Simple enough.
You should be able to see where I’m going with this: the only way you can have a bill for $27.87 in a rowhome is if you showed 0CCF of water usage.
If you look carefully at the water account summary, Mr. Ramirez showed a payment of $30 in January against his account and a current balance of $25.74.
Mr. Ramirez has a $25.74 balance because he didn’t use enough water in December and got a bill for $27.87. He overpaid that bill with his $30 payment by $2.13 and when you subtract January’s water bill by $2.13 you arrive at his current water balance.
During court testimony Mr. Ramirez’s water bills were read aloud. He recorded 0CCF water usage on his water bill for several months in a row before he would finally tick the meter over.
I guess Fred Ramirez for State Representative doesn’t ever bathe and certainly doesn’t do his laundry at home. The only way that I know of achieving 0CCF water usage for 3 months in a row for several stretches over 24 months is to never bathe, rarely flush the toilet, don’t do laundry at home and to eat off paper plates all the time.
Perhaps instead of showering he uses baby wipes?
So if it’s possible that Fred Ramirez doesn’t live on Annsbury Street in Philadelphia, then where does he live?
A source that doesn’t want to be named provided me an address with where he claims Mr. Ramirez could be spending a lot of his time. That address points to the Delaview Apartments on Radcliffe Road. I decided to follow up on this and started looking.
Mr. Ramirez seems to be pretty involved with the Bristol community. For instance:
That photo I found from a newsletter mentioning the Bristol Rotary Club. The man in that photo looks an awful lot like a younger version of the Mr. Ramirez I saw in court today. In fact it’s from 2010.
Then there’s the White Pages with a VERY interesting listing that matches Mr. Ramirez’s name and age.
Well… do I really need to show any more evidence here that Mr. Ramirez doesn’t live in Philly?
Despite All This, He Expects You To Vote For Him
I don’t think I have really ever seen anyone disqualified from a Philadelphia election because they don’t live in the district they’re running in, much less even inside the state. It’s easier to prove a first degree murder case on flimsy circumstantial evidence than it is to prove residency before a Pennsylvania judge, even if you paid a private investigator to tag that person for months to show that they don’t live in the city.
The most famous example of this adage is none other than T. Milton Street, Sr. the brother of the former Philadelphia mayor John Street. Milton Street has been challenged multiple times over his residency. In 2015 he defeated a ballot challenge before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court without the services of a lawyer representing him. In both instances he was accused of living in Moorestown, New Jersey. Many of his Facebook postings on his personal page are geo-tagged to Moorestown.
When asked by lawyers representing appellants: “where do you go to bed at night?” he famously replied “I sleep where I get tired.”
Seriously, Democrats: when faced with replacing a convicted criminal in a voting district that’s well-beyond 80% Democrat, this person is the best you could come up with? This is the safest State Representative district in the entire state. You could have picked anyone, and I mean ANYONE, to replace Ms. Acosta.
You couldn’t find someone who has neighborhood bona-fides who you’re certain actually lives here?Tags: Leslie Acosta | Freddie Ramirez | Frederick Ramirez | Stupid Democrats