Facebook Couple’s Carpetbagging Status: ‘It’s Complicated’

Poke-button pioneer Chris Hughes (left), and Facebook spouse Sean Eldridge / AP

Poke-button pioneer Chris Hughes (left), and Facebook spouse Sean Eldridge / AP

Multimillionaire poke-button pioneer/Mark Zuckerberg college roommate Chris Hughes donated $2,600 to Senator Kay Hagan’s reelection campaign last month, according to campaign finance records:

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That’s on top of the $2,600 Hughes has already donated to Hagan, who is one of the most vulnerable Democrats running in 2014, and who has repeatedly decried the influence of rich people who don’t live in North Carolina.

Notice that Hughes lists his home address as Garrison, N.Y. That’s interesting, because as Free Beacon readers are well aware, Hughes’s husband, Facebook spouse Sean Eldridge, is running for Congress (as a Democrat) in New York’s 19th congressional district.

Except Garrison isn’t in the district where Eldridge is running. The Facebook couple purchased the estate in Garrison—for $5 million—back in 2011 when Eldridge had his eyes on a congressional seat in the nearby 18th district. But that didn’t pan out, so the couple bought another house, this one for $1.9 million, in Shokan, N.Y., so Eldridge could run in the 19th.

Is this just an awkward oversight? Or are Hughes and Eldridge living in separate mansions just so Eldridge can run for Congress?

Eldridge is running on a platform of combating out-of-touch special interests. His opponent, former Army officer Chris Gibson, is a lifelong resident of the district.