Yesterday, Councilor Mike Lund went on WSAR's afternoon show to put an end to the questions concerning his residency. It turned out to be almost the easiest hour of his life.
Of course this became the hot topic of the day after the Herald News ran an article about a YouTube video that calls Lund's residency into question. Now the Herald article didn't dig deeply enough and questions remained. By the time Councilor Lund walked into the studio at WSAR this had been a much talked about topic and lots of discussion revolved around records that show Lund's Swansea address. Despite this Lund received no scrutiny or hardball questions. Instead he received the equivalent of hugs and kisses and a host that would try to answer all the tough questions for him.
With "Mr. Hurricane" leading the proceedings, while a mostly mute Fast Eddie just stood by Lund stated more than once that this was a tactic deployed by firefighters to discredit him and that his residency was 700 Shore Drive prior to his taking out nomination papers to run for city council. But Lund never said much more than that and the hosts at WSAR never questioned. Lund never attempted to explain why from 2002-2006 corporation documents for Borden Light Marina show 96 Cedar Cove Road in Swansea as his address. Never attempted to explain why state records for campaign contributions again show his address at 96 Cedar Cove Road. The Hurricane never bothered to ask just how long that "period of time" he lived in Swansea was, never asked how he could have records for a 6 year span show his address in Swansea while the voting records show he voted in Fall River.
This needs to be explained!
Instead of asking some tough questions the Hurricane floored me by observing that it really didn't matter where Lund lived because he paid lots of taxes in Fall River and asking (in reference to the Arts Overlay District) why shouldn't he be able to advocate for something that will benefit him just because he's on the city council. Wow, "to the victor go the spoils." Sadly, in frustration I turned off the radio only to find out later that Keri Rodrigues called in to ask some direct questions. However she wasn't able to get direct answers.
It's time that Councilor Lund answer the hard questions. Why is there a paper trail showing that from 2002-2007 his residential address to be in Swansea while he claims and voted in Fall River? Mike Lund needs to realize this conflict is of his own making. However he can clear this up simply and easily by explaining the use of his Swansea address and by showing a paper trail that establishes his residency here in Fall River such as income tax records and bank statements. This isn't about whether or not he could run for city council and it's not even about where he sleeps at night. This isn't about 6 months. This is about 6 years. This is about possibly residing in one place and voting in another. This is about his integrity.
If Councilor Lund can clear this up I would urge him to do so. Otherwise I agree with Keri, it's time for an investigation.
My previous post for links to corporate documents...
Keri's post for links to campaign contribution documents...