Christy Mihos

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Christy Mihos
Christy Mihos, 2006.jpeg
Massachusetts Turnpike Commission Member
In office
July 1, 1999 – July 1, 2004
Succeeded by Daniel Grabauskas
Personal details
Born (1949-06-13) June 13, 1949 (age 65)
Brockton, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Andrea Mihos (1974-2013; Divorce)
Alma mater Stonehill College
Occupation Convenience Store Franchise Owner/Politician
Religion Greek Orthodox

Christy P. Mihos is an American politician and businessman from Massachusetts. He was an Independent candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in 2006. He ran for the Republican nomination for governor in 2010, but did not receive enough votes at the Republican Convention to qualify for the primary ballot.

Background[edit]

Mihos graduated from Brockton High School and graduated from Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. In 1974 Mihos and his wife Andrea married.[1] In 1990, he ran for the Massachusetts Senate as a Republican. Mihos lost the primary election by only three votes to Robert Hedlund, who later won the general election.[2]

Mihos owned the convenience store chain Christy's Markets on Cape Cod. The original store was opened by his Greek immigrant grandfather, Christy Mihos, which was started in Brockton, Massachusetts in 1934. Peter Mihos, Christy's father, and James Mihos, one of Christy's uncles, ran the store along with the rest of their families until 1984. The chain once included 144 stores found throughout eastern Massachusetts, but, in May 1998, he and his brother sold 132 of them to 7-Eleven. However, Mihos retained 12 Christy's on Cape Cod along with some real estate holdings.

Tenure in the Turnpike Authority[edit]

In 1999, he was appointed to the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority by Governor Paul Cellucci, where he served as Vice Chairman. During his tenure on the Authority, Mihos frequently clashed with Chairman Matt Amorello over a number of issues regarding the Big Dig's budget and excessive spending. In 2001, after voting to postpone a toll hike and seeking to fire Bechtel, the general contractor of the Big Dig, Mihos was fired by Acting Governor Jane Swift, along with Director Jordan Levy. Mihos sued claiming that the Governor did not have the authority to fire them, and it was eventually brought before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Mihos won his case, and both were reinstated to the Authority.[3] Mihos later sued Governor Swift for violating his First Amendment right to free speech and settled that case in U.S. District Court for $197,000.

In 2004, when Mihos's five-year term on the Authority expired, Governor Mitt Romney replaced him with Daniel A. Grabauskas, the 2002 Republican nominee for State Treasurer. During his term on the Authority, Mihos also served as a trustee of the University of Massachusetts.

2006 Campaign for Governor[edit]

In late 2005, Mihos announced that he was thinking of running for Governor in 2006. After Romney announced that he would not seek re-election, Mihos decided to pursue his candidacy further. Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey had won the support of Romney and the majority of the state Republican leadership for the nomination, so Mihos decided to run as an Independent, announcing his candidacy for Governor via televised interview on March 2, 2006.[2] The next day, he held a rally at the Massachusetts State House to officially announce his candidacy. On June 8, 2006, Mihos announced that he had chosen John J. Sullivan, a Winchester, Massachusetts town moderator and lifelong Democrat, to be his running mate.[4]

A centerpiece for Mihos's platform in his run for Governor was what he called "Proposition 1," a plan to dedicate 40% of the state's budget to aid for the cities, end annual reassessment of property taxes (similar to California's Proposition 13), and eliminate fees for public education. He declared that he believes in traditional marriage between a man and a woman, but the personal lives of Massachusetts residents should be left private, and a vote on same-sex marriage is an issue for the voting public, not one man. In addition, he had pledged to enact campaign finance reform laws.

Mihos generated controversy in September 2006 by airing an animated political commercial showing a Big Dig engineer and politicians with their heads literally up their behinds. Further speculation and controversies followed suit with articles published in the Boston Globe regarding Mihos's involvement with public university professor Lou DiNatale's polling data. The Boston Globe article drew attention to the conflict regarding DiNatale's involvement in Mihos political campaign, as well as his poll analysis despite the fact that DiNatale was never employed by Mihos. The state education system prohibited its educators from being involved in political campaigns. The Boston Globe wrote that DiNatale had "an interesting relationship with Christy P. Mihos, now an independent candidate for governor."[3][dead link]

2010 Campaign for Governor[edit]

On July 1, 2008, Mihos announced his intention to launch a 2010 gubernatorial bid.[5] Mihos was advised by Dick Morris, a former adviser and strategist for former US President Bill Clinton.[6]

On April 17, 2010, balloting at the Massachusetts Republican State Convention resulted in Charles Baker beating Mihos by a margin of 89%-11%; since it was less than 15%, Mihos was denied a spot on the GOP ballot in a possible primary. Mihos told reporters that he did not plan to run again for office[7]

Financial difficulties[edit]

In 2010, gas suppliers sued Mihos for over $600,000 and a judge placed liens on several of his business properties. Around the same time, former campaign staffers filed claims with the state alleging unpaid wages. Later that year, Mihos was fined $70,000 by the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance for improper campaign spending. In 2011 Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley sued him for failing to pay the fine.[1]

In December 2011, a judgment of $123,000 was entered against Mihos in a lawsuit brought by Citgo.[1]

In July 2012 he was ordered to pay Independence Park Inc., a Hyannis-based developer, $910,000 as well as more than $10,000 in attorney fees and other costs.[1]

Divorce[edit]

On February 21, 2012 Andrea Mihos went to the Yarmouth, Massachusetts police station to report an alleged domestic assault the previous evening in Stuart, Florida. She told police she was concerned for her husband's mental health, as his behavior had become increasingly erratic and aggressive due to political and business setbacks. According to the police report, the assault occurred during an argument in which she reminded her husband of his bad behavior, including hiring prostitutes, strippers, and porn stars for sex.[1][8] Police declined to pursue domestic violence charges against Mihos, stating that there was not enough evidence and that his wife was not cooperating.[9]

In May 2012, Andrea Mihos filed for divorce.[10]

On June 27, 2012, Mihos was charged with assault and battery for an incident that occurred between him and his wife in July 2011 at their home in West Yarmouth, Massachusetts.[11] He pled not guilty. His next hearing in that case is on February 5, 2014.[12]

On October 15, 2013, Andrea Mihos was granted a divorce. The judge ruled that she would receive the majority of the couple's remaining assets ($2.9 million of the couple's $4 million estate). He described Christy Mihos' actions as "deceptive, ego-driven, impulsive and rash, and ended up being financially devastating".[12]

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