Raese’s conservatory plans approved — in Florida

RAESE’S CONSERVATORY PLANS APPROVED — IN FLORIDA…. Someone on Senate candidate John Raese’s (R) campaign team probably should have realized that this would be embarrassing.

Libertarians everywhere will be glad to know that the Palm Beach Architecture Commission today relented and approved John Raese’s new, 100 square-foot Victorian conservatory replacing a giant dollhouse on the grounds of his Florida mansion.

Raese’s architect explained that a new eugenia hedge and eight palm trees would screen the new building from a distressed neighbor to his south.

The Commission, finding the color’s white structure a bit tacky, did insist that it be bronze colored.

So, let me get this straight. Raese is running for the U.S. Senate seat in West Virginia, despite the fact that he and his family live in Florida. During the campaign in which Raese’s extravagant lifestyle has become an issue, he decided to fight a local planning commission who resisted his plans to build a Victorian conservatory on the grounds of his Florida estate (near the exclusive country club where he’s a member).

Did it not occur to Raese or his team that West Virginians, in a relatively low-income state where the median household income is less than $38,000, might find it odd to vote for a Floridian who fights with a planning commission over his plan for a Victorian conservatory?

It doesn’t exactly scream “man of the people,” and it certainly doesn’t scream “man of the people of West Virginia.”

“Congratulations to John Raese on his big win in front of the Palm Beach Architecture Commission,” DSCC Communications Director Eric Schultz said in a statement. “If your home is where your heart is, John Raese’s heart is in Palm Beach. We wish him the best with this new solarium.”

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.