Lauren Boebert isn’t the first lawmaker to at least consider carpet-bagging

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Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert announced on Wednesday that she will run for reelection in a more Republican-leaning district on the opposite end of Colorado from where she actually lives.

It’s a brazen move — not just because she was facing an uphill re-election fight in her more competitive district, but because it amounts to an admission that ideology and values ultimately trump the job of representing the interests of a particular constituency.

Historically, it’s been known as “carpetbagging,” a term that dates back to the aftermath of the Civil War, when it emerged as a Southern epithet for the dozens of Northerners who moved to the region to become members of Congress and governors.

These days, it’s a shorthand for a different sort of geographic opportunism, one that’s been enabled by the nationalization of politics and the cultivation of celebrity brands that reach for beyond the boundaries of one House district.

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And historically, it’s really not a rare occurrence.

Hillary Clinton was dogged by accusations of carpetbagging when she ran for a Senate seat in New York in 2000, and Pennsylvania seems to be suffering an epidemic of the phenomenon as of late. In 2017, the Washington Post identified over 20 lawmakers who were technically registered to vote outside of their districts.

Here are some of the most notable examples from recent years.

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Lauren Boebert isn’t the first lawmaker to at least consider carpet-bagging

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