So much for ‘straight talk’
New revelations surface about MI-01 candidate Jack Bergman’s residency
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News from the Michigan Democratic Party
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410; firstname.lastname@example.org
So much for ‘straight talk’ — New revelations surface about MI-01 candidate Jack Bergman’s residency
Jack Bergman has built an entire campaign around the theme of being a “straight-talking Marine” from Watersmeet, Michigan. In reality, both of those things are lies.
Jack lied on his personal financial disclosure document to hide facts that prove he has been living full-time in Louisiana until at least April of this year. The facts he omitted are:
- He’s been a school board member in Louisiana, attending regular monthly meetings up through April 2016.
- He was appointed in 2013 to a 4-year term on a Louisiana government advisory council.
Under ethics rules, Jack was required to include both posts on his personal financial disclosure document, which he filed in June. Jack amended his PFD on October 3 to include his connection to the school, after people started asking his campaign about it. But he still hasn’t included the advisory council post.
Jack has been telling voters over and over that he moved to Watersmeet full time after retiring in 2009. It’s on record in news stories and in videos. Now that we know he’s been attending monthly meetings in Louisiana, it’s clear his residency claim is a lie, and that he tried to hide it from his PFD.
In response to the latest news, Bergman’s spokesman is trying to confuse reporters. But Bergman’s lie is about what he did after he retired. The facts are,:
- He says he moved to Watersmeet after retiring.
- He lied on his PFD to hide the truth.
- The truth is that he has been continuing to live full time in Louisiana at least until spring of this year.
- In 2013, he told people at an advisory council meeting that he was a “proud resident of St. Francisville.”
- He only moved here this year to run for Congress.
Jack’s regular monthly attendance is documented in minutes from meetings of the school board on its website, listed below:
February 2016: Cancelled due to inclement weather