By Emerson Drake
When the Modesto Bee’s Editorial Staff brought the MID District 4 candidates in to visit they allowed the candidates to ask one question of
another candidate. Jim Mortensen was asked if he had brought a lawsuit, made a financial claim or received any monetary payouts from MID in the past. His response was that he’d received between $3 to $4 thousand dollars in remunerations.
In response to two Public record Requests MID turned over the claim Jim Mortensen and his attorney filed against MID for $90,000 dollars. At first it was denied but after threatening further legal action a settlement was reached in the amount of $20,000.
Ms. Sly has always claimed she believes it a greater offense when a candidate lies about his past instead of coming clean. So to be fair we forwarded the Public Record Request responses to Ms. Sly so she could set the record straight since the Bee has already endorsed Mortensen. Ms. Sly has yet to respond to our information and queries. It’s generally known Ms. Sly is finally retiring after this election, but to see her go out on such a dishonest note is sad.
An interesting side note is one of the Directors who voted for the payoff was the same man paying Mike Lynch to be Mortensen’s campaign adviser, Bill Lyons.
This pdf is the $90,000 claim Jim Mortensen ‘forgot’.
This pdf documents the $20,000 payout Jim Mortensen tried to obfuscate.
Shame on Jim Mortensen for failing to come clean on a $90,000 claim and a $20,000 payout. Those kind of numbers you would remember, especially if you’re running for the MID Board.
Shame on Judy Sly and the Modesto Bee for trying to cover-up Mortensen’s obvious lie. It just goes to show you can’t trust the Modesto Bee’s Editorial staff, especially when they have an agenda.