The whispering included enough circumstantial evidence where I thought this was a legitimate concern. I already had questions about what Lund's motives were in running for the council now I was concerned about his ethics.
I was sure this would become a big campaign issue. I was certain that this would be brought up by other candidates, and that the local media would have a field day with this. None of that happened and unquestioned, Mike Lund was elected to the city council.
Now, the Herald's Michael Holtzman decides to write it up ONLY after someone puts together a scathing YouTube video. If Holtzman were writing a blog post I might give him some credit. In fact when I came across the 'Lund videos' I considered blogging about them. However, Holtzman is a paid reporter, with the time and resources, (and legal protection) to do some investigative reporting. His story fails to probe the inconsistencies between what Councilor Lund states and what the paper trail would indicate.
Assessor’s records in Swansea show that Lund and Darlene Patenaude, whom Lund married more than four years ago, purchased a single-family house at 96 Cedar Cove Road, an address the YouTube video points out.
Lund said they fixed up the house, lived there for about six months and have rented it out since then.
Lund says that he has voted in Fall River since the age of 18 (16 years) and has lived here all that time, with the exception of 6 months that he lived in the house he purchased in Swansea that he currently rents. However, records filed with the state from 2002-2006 for Borden Light Marina list Councilor Lund with the Cedar Cove Road, Swansea address.
Making clear he believes firefighters that protested the chief change are behind the smear campaign, Lund said, “I took a vote in good conscience on something, and it’s their approach to go after me instead of strengthening their approach.”
Councilor Lund can blame whomever he wants for putting this issue in the limelight but until those inconsistencies are explained it's a story that deserves some investigation.