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.
According to a memo obtained by MIRS, written by Republican micro-targeting firm Deep Root Analytics, MI-1, MI-7 and MI-11 are among the Top 10 House seats with a high proportion of “reluctant Republican” voters.
The research firm — whose expertise is using data to determine more efficient ad buys — defines “reluctant Republican” as “down-ballot Republicans who have concerns about the top of their party’s ticket in 2016,” resulting in a “likely ticket-splitter.”
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.
Imagine the Washington agency tasked with helping our veterans telling someone to “go away and never come back.” Unbelievable, right? But that is what one Vietnam veteran was told by the VA in 1967. Nearly 50 years later, he came to our Veterans Assistance Fair at the Cheboygan National Guard Armory and finally received the help and support he deserved. At the same fair, we helped a 92-year-old World War II bomber pilot obtain a health card so after seven decades, he could finally have access to the benefits that he had earned.