Bergman defeated Allen in the three-way Republican primary last August. In the weeks that followed the race, however, Allen volunteered to assist Bergman at various events during the General Election, including the rally for then-Vice Presidential candidate Mike PENCE in Traverse City.
“I’ve enjoyed his openness and his team approach to our region,” Allen said of Bergman, who was formally sworn in today as a member of the 115th session of Congress.
Allen was a deputy director within the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs up until last year’s congressional run. Most recently, he’s been running the family’s men’s clothing store, Captain’s Quarters, in Traverse City.
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.)
Retiring U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek is throwing his support behind state Sen. Tom Casperson to succeed him in Congress, just as Casperson is getting a challenger in the Republican primary against Benishek’s former rival.
Former state Sen. Jason Allen, R-Traverse City, on Thursday announced he’s joining the race for Benishek’s seat in the 1st Congressional District — the state’s largest encompassing most of northern Michigan, including the Upper Peninsula.
Allen, who lost a 2010 Republican primary to Benishek by 15 votes, signaled Thursday he would make Casperson’s past votes for raising taxes to pay for road repairs a contrast in the August GOP primary.
Surrounded by the kind of big rigs and logging equipment that have defined his working life, State Senator Tom Casperson this morning announced his decision to run for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Casperson will also announce his plans this afternoon at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. Over the next week, Casperson will make nearly a dozen stops across the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula to meet with voters and discuss his intention to bring a dose of common sense to Congress.
Tom Casperson will run for U.S. Congress, representing Michigan’s 1st Congressional District. Casperson will officially make his announcement that he will be running for congress – Monday, November 9th in both Escanaba and Traverse City.
Sen. Casperson’s first stop will be at 8:45 am at Roland Machinery Company – 2600 S. Lincoln Road, in Escanaba. Then he will be at Northwestern Michigan College’s Parsons Stulen Building – 2600 Aero-Park Drive – Traverse City at 3:00pm.