Editor: LuAnn Bennett, the Democrat candidate for the 10th District, has spent her entire career in Washington, DC, real estate and has had almost no involvement in matters civic, community oriented or even political in the 10th District.
Until last December, she was living at the Ritz Carlton in DC. She now denies this and actually deleted her own Facebook page entry made in April 2014 where she said she “Moved to Washington, District of Columbia.” That deletion came right around the time she decided she was running for Congress. Now she claims the condo was an investment property and she never lived there and only stayed a couple of nights. Yet she bought the property in early 2014 and never put it up for rent until December 2015, which is the same time she announced she was running for Congress and moved to a McLean rental property. Sure doesn’t sound like she’s telling the real story here. Why would she go to such lengths to claim she didn’t live there?
A watchdog group, FACT (Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust) has filed a complaint with DC tax authorities explaining a very obvious reason—she has a tax problem. As FACT explains in its letter, anyone who lives in D.C. for 183 days or more has to pay D.C. taxes regardless of where they claim residency. Bennett had a farm in Virginia’s 5th District—which is about an hour to an hour and a half away. Despite her Facebook posting saying she was living in D.C. in 2014 and 2015 she’s now claiming that she drove over 100-mile roundtrip a day to her office in Georgetown instead of staying at her condo in D.C. that is just blocks away. Sorry, doesn’t sound like a credible story to me.
While Bennett may not have paid her D.C. taxes – don’t worry Virginia – she wants to raise your taxes. Taxes on health plans and medical devices, taxes on selling a car or home, and higher federal income taxes. Maybe she should start by coming clean on her tax problems first.
Cathy McNickle, Sterling