To The Daily Sun,
Mr. (Jonathan) Smolin's words say one thing. His actual history says the opposite.
On the issue of "morals, honesty and ethics," he has chosen not to share with the voters the following: a $210,000 judgment against him was entered on June 20, 2007, by the Cumberland County Maine Probate Court. The bases underlying the judgment included misappropriating from the bank account of an elderly and ailing man and defrauding the same man into transferring title to certain real estate to Mr. Smolin.
It needs to be emphasized that Mr. Smolin accepted all the allegations made in the case against him and agreed to have judgment entered against him on the basis of those allegations. In other words, he admitted liability, rather than defending the case at trial.
Sometime between that June 2007 Consent Judgment and today, Mr. Smolin apparently chose to bring his "morals, honesty and ethics" to Belknap County (where he now running for county commissioner).
On the issue of Mr. Smolin's claim of having a "vast amount of small business experience," which presumably will equip him to serve as a county commissioner, it should be noted that Mr. Smolin has instituted three different personal bankruptcy actions in the last eight years. Even putting aside issues of dishonesty and bad faith, these multiple bankruptcy actions show a total inability to manage his own financial affairs in a responsible manner.
Should this inability and irresponsibility be brought to county government, where a commissioner is charged with the planning and management of the Belknap County budget?
To put it mildly, Mr. Smolin has some explaining to do.
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