Lon Johnson spent much of the last campaigning in Northern Michigan on the basis of shutting down the Line 5 pipeline owned by Enbridge. Line 5 oil pipelines traverses the straits’ bottom just west of the Mackinac Bridge.
He attacked Congressman Dan Benishek for owning an interest in funds that invested in Enbridge and put himself forward as a protector of the environment.
Progressives are now fuming on social media about Lon Johnson’s own investments in Enbridge. It turns out that Johnson has a financial interest valued up to $50,000 in BlackRock Global Allocation Fund Inc Institutional. The BlackRock Global Allocation Fund included 102,000 shares of Enbridge, and has a value of more than $5 million invested in Enbridge.
Lon Johnson is desperate to hide his status as a politically entrenched carpetbagger. It’s gotten so bad for Lon that he’s now trying to pass off stock photos as pictures of his own family.
The National Republican Congressional Committee is out with a new television ad drawing attention to Democrat insider Lon Johnson trying to buy a Congressional seat hundreds of miles from his home in Detroit.
NRCC Comment: “Lon Johnson is a Detroit liberal trying to dupe voters into thinking he lives in a fishing cabin in the Kalkaska woods. Lon Johnson is clearly desperate to hide the fact that he is an entrenched political insider who wants to bring the failed policies of Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton to Northern Michigan.” –NRCC Spokesman Chris Pack
Does anyone know where MI-01 congressional candidate Lon Johnson actually lives? Johnson says he lives in Kalkaska, but it’s hard to be sure since he’s lived in 11 different places since 2000. Prior to Kalkaska, Johnson lived in Chicago with his wife, Juliana Smoot, who was Barack Obama’s deputy campaign manager. According to FEC disbursement forms, Smoot’s address in Chicago is Atwater Luxury Apartments, located at 355 E. Ohio Street (pictured below).
But now that Johnson is running for Congress, the Smoot-Johnson’s supposedly live at 6261 E. Bass Lake Road NE, Kalkaska, MI 49646 (pictured below). (Click HERE for a crash course on why this is the Smoot-Johnson’s primary address.)
Former Sen. Jason ALLEN notified the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) on Tuesday that he is resigning from his position as a senior policy advisor effective today, setting an expected Congressional announcement for Thursday.
Allen released an advisory about a press conference Thursday to be held at the Captain’s Quarters in Traverse City — his family’s haberdasher shop — about his future plans. The press release included a disclaimer on the bottom that read, “Paid for by Jason Allen for Congress.”
Michigan Congressman Dan Benishek announced his retirement from Congress in 2016 earlier this week, and the first poll in the race is already out.
According to MIRS, a subscription-based Michigan news outlet, former State Senators Jason Allen and Tom Casperson lead the pack in Michigan’s First Congressional District GOP Primary while political newcomer State Rep. Lee Chatfield is third with around 10%.
Click Here For Poll: results
State Sen. Tom Casperson: 26.7%
Former State Sen. Jason Allen 19.1%
Benishek had initially announced that he was going to be seeking a fourth term for the office he has held since 2011, despite a pledge to only serve three two-year terms.
Benishek offered the following statement on his decision:
“Serving the 1st district in Congress has been a privilege and an opportunity that I will be forever grateful for. I am proud to be able to represent the people of Northern Michigan.