Fresno, California‘s Democrat candidate, TJ Cox, listed his second home in Maryland as his primary residence, and according to the Fresno Bee, that error is coming back to haunt him in his district ‘3000’ miles away. In fact, the mistake involved a million dollar property.
The campaign claims that the candidate “made an honest mistake” while a spokesman for Cox called it “an error by the state.”
The blame shuffling only stopped once the Bee produced “a notarized public document showing Cox had initialed and signed a section saying the home was his primary residence,” at which point Cox owned up to it. Like many on the left, he only admitted his “honest mistake” once he was caught.
Where he lives is a matter of some importance since, though he “owns several businesses in the central San Joaquin Valley,” he is running against Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) “for California’s 21st Congressional District seat,” not Maryland’s, on the other side of the nation.
It was discovered that “Cox owned a three-bedroom, four-bathroom house in Bethesda, Maryland – a Washington, D.C., suburb” and he clearly said that the $1 million dollar home was his main residence.
He claimed the same thing about his home in California, but federal tax laws don’t allow for two primary residences.
Campaign spokesman Phillip Vander Klay stated that once the Bee made the issue known, he contacted the proper channels in Maryland and had the details altered. “He also is willing to refund the $692 tax credit he received from the county as a result of the error,” Klay also said.
The spokesman also clarified just how the error happened by saying, “It was an honest mistake that he filled out the principal residence not knowing the legal definitions. His family was living there. That’s just kind of the situation. We are working to get this fixed.”
Some of the confusion arose when Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Andrew Godinich informed the media “that the state of Maryland had automatically marked the home as Cox’s principal residence.” However, it was not the state that made the mistake.
As a matter of fact, a pair of papers meant to be read together were initialed by Cox that said, “The grantee is an individual who has never owned in the state of Maryland residential real property that has been the individual’s principal residence, and the residence will be occupied by the grantee as the grantee’s principal residence.”
At the end of the day, many voters have concerns about where Cox is really going to be if he were to win the election. Those in Fresno, particularly Democrats, want to know that the person who they put in office is going to show up at work in California, not the East Coast.
Following the paper trail of Cox, some people think that there is ample reason to question where his loyalties reside.