Expedite lawsuit on governor’s residency

Action in lawsuits often moves at the speed of molasses. One in Kanawha County Circuit Court ought to be resolved expeditiously, however.

West Virginia House of Delegates member Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, has been attempting since last summer to pursue a lawsuit against Gov. Jim Justice, over his residency. Earlier this month, a judge rejected a motion that Sponaugle’s lawsuit be dismissed.

Justice makes no secret of the fact that he resides in Lewisburg. But the state constitution requires the governor and other high-ranking state officials to reside in Charleston.

No doubt the lawsuit is the last thing Justice, who is running for re-election next year, wants on his plate. But the issue is no mere technicality. It has ramifications for how state government operates — and it needs to be resolved as quickly as possible.