Mike Rogers and Leslie Bland are on the case, adding another strand to the web of sleaze, crime, corruption and Republican sexual hypocrisy that involves Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC10).
I want to know how the GOP bulldog for values and the sanctity of marriage will explain this away. In 2002, McHenry bought a house in DC with Scott G. Stewart. They both claimed to be eligible for the district's Homestead Tax Deduction, a program used to encourage folks to live in the city center.
McHenry, who was first elected to Congress in 2004, and Stewart owned the three bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home from February 2001 to January 2002. The house is located at 1360 D Street, SE, in a neighborhood near the US Capitol.
The DC Recorder of Deeds told PageOneQ that McHenry and Stewart received a $60,000 deduction off the property's assessed value for tax reduction purposes in the second half of 2001. In order to receive the tax reduction, homeowners are required to certify that the property is “occupied by the owner/applicant.” The eligibility guidelines state that the “property must be the principal residence (domicile) of the owner/applicant.”
At the same time he owned the home and claimed the deduction in DC, North Carolina Board of Elections records show that McHenry voted in Gaston County, NC. McHenry first cast a ballot in Gaston in November 1993. Subsequently, he voted in twenty different elections up through the November 7, 2006 General Election. On November 6, 2001 McHenry voted in a North Carolina polling location. On that date he was also receiving the Homestead Deduction on his DC property.
“Applicants need to submit a form to us that states the residence is their principal home,” Irving Gwin of the DC Office of Tax and Revenue told PageOneQ. “The form includes questions about drivers' licenses, vehicle ownership, and voter registration.”
Oops. Stewart has a very unsavory past. PageOneQ reports that as officers for the College Republication National Committee (CRNC), Steward oversaw a fundraising program that bilked seniors out of millions using unethical aggressive and misleading tactics.
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