Thursday, October 19, 2006

WA-42nd LD, GOP Candidate Withdraws

GOP withdraws support for Mayberry
42nd District candidate owes $260,000 in taxes


The Republican Party has pulled its support for Lynden resident Craig Mayberry in his bid for a state representative seat after reports that Mayberry owes about $260,000 in unpaid state and federal taxes.

Several failed businesses, stung by the economic downturn after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, left him owing more than $212,000 to the federal government and about $50,000 to Oregon, Mayberry said Wednesday.

Mayberry, 40, a University of British Columbia graduate student who also teaches economics and finance at several colleges, was challenging incumbent Democrat Kelli Linville of Bell-ingham for a 42nd District seat. ...

... Mayberry said Wednesday night he will no longer actively campaign for the position. That would effectively hand the election to Linville, who declined to comment on Mayberry's financial situation. ...
(full article)

Oops! It's not a huge scandal, but it's the only scandal we've got up here in Whatcom County. The B'ham Herald had already decided to endorse incumbent Democrat Kelli Linville before GOP candidate Craig Mayberry's tax troubles were made public.

Mayberry's candidacy was brought to an end by a single line in the Bellingham Business Journal:
Judgements & Liens

Tax liens
A tax lien is a legal claim filed in court by a government against a person or business owing taxes. Liens are civil, not criminal claims, and normally seek to attach money and/or property to pay the taxes. A list of liens is kept at the county courthouse showing whom the government is pursuing and how much is sought.

... Craig L. Mayberry, $212,509.39 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Aug. 15. ...

1 comment:

Osculatrix said...

Well, good. Bu too bad it didn't happen earlier. What would possess someone to run with such debt? I guess that's the Republican way -- live outrageously beyond your means. And what's the deal with his apparent vendetta against Native Americans? Another mini Gordon Slade, perhaps. Thanks for the reporting, Mr. Citizen.