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 66)
Brockton, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Andrea Mihos (1974-2013; divorce)
Alma mater Stonehill College
Occupation Convenience Store Franchise Owner
Religion Greek Orthodox

Christy Peter Mihos[1] 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.

Early life[edit]

Mihos was born and raised in Brockton, Massachusetts. During his youth, Mihos worked in his family's supermarket. He graduated from Brockton High School and Stonehill College.[2] In 1974, Mihos and his wife Andrea married.[3] During the 1980s he was president of the board of stewards at the Panagia Greek Orthodox Church. He was credited with leading the church through one of its most successful financial periods. During his tenure, the church's interior was refurbished and a parish house was purchased.[2]

Business career[edit]

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. During the 1960s, Mihos father and uncle, Peter and James C. Mihos, expanded the business from a single supermarket into a chain of convenience stores.[2]

In the 1970s, Mihos began running the chain with his brother, Jim. Christy Mihos served as president and chief executive officer, while his brother was the company's chief operating officer and treasurer. In 1980 they purchased the Sunny Corner Farms chain of convenience stores, which gave the business 33 stores in the Boston area.[2] At its peak, the chain included 144 stores found throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Maine. In May 1998, Mihos and his brother sold 142 of their stores to 7-Eleven. Mihos, however, repurchased 8 Christy's on Cape Cod along with some real estate holdings.

Political career[edit]

1990 state senate election[edit]

In 1990, Mihos ran for the Massachusetts Senate as a Republican. He was the initial the frontrunner for the party's nomination, as he had more name recognition and financial means than his opponents and had lived in three of the towns in the district (Cohasset, Weymouth and Scituate). Although Mihos was seen as the most electable Republican in a district that included heavily Democratic towns such as Weymouth and Marshfield, his support for environmental protection and abortion rights, willingness to raise taxes, and contributions to prominent Democrats William M. Bulger and William B. Golden caused some Republicans to view him as too liberal.[2] Mihos lost the primary election by three votes to conservative activist Robert Hedlund, who later won the general election.[4]

Massachusetts 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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] Mihos was advised by Dick Morris, a former adviser and strategist for former US President Bill Clinton.[8]

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 for office again.[9]

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.[3]

In December 2011, a judgment of $123,000 was entered against Mihos in a lawsuit brought by Citgo.[3]

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.[3]

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.[3][10] Police declined to pursue domestic violence charges against Mihos, stating that there was not enough evidence and that his wife was not cooperating.[11]

In May 2012, Andrea Mihos filed for divorce, which she was granted on October 15, 2013.[12][13] 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".[13]

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.[14] In April 2014, he reached an agreement with prosecutors in which the charges would be dropped if he successfully completed nine months of pretrial probation, refrained from contacting Andrea Mihos except through e-mail or their attorneys, completed a mental health evaluation and underwent any necessary treatment, and refrain from publiclycommenting on the case unless with Andrea Mihos and/or her attorney.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Christy Peter Mihos, Plaintiff, Appellee/cross-appellant, v. Jane Swift, Individually and in Her Official Capacity As the Acting Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Defendant, Appellant/cross-appellee, Andwilliam F. Galvin, in His Official Capacity As Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Defendant, 358 F.3d 91 (1st Cir. 2004)". Justia US Law. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e McGrory, Brian (May 20, 1990). "Mihos Puts His Name on Political Line". The Boston Globe. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Cassidy, Patrick (July 13, 2012). "Mihos hit with $900K judgment". Cape Cod Times. Retrieved 18 July 2012. [dead link]
  4. ^ Mihos took on a governor and won
  5. ^ Boston.com / News / Boston Globe / Opinion / Op-ed / What went wrong at the Big Dig
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ bid.http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/politics/view/2008_07_01_Christy_Mihos_unveils_2010_bid_for_Mass__governor/
  8. ^ Boston Herald
  9. ^ After spot on ballot is denied, Mihos says he won’t run again - The Boston Globe
  10. ^ Wife Says Chrity Mihos Is Addicted To Prostitutes, Porn Stars
  11. ^ "Christy Mihos won't face domestic assault charges in Fla.". NECN.com. New England Cable News. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  12. ^ Curran, Kathy. "I-Team: Christy Mihos Says He’s Broke, Wife Files For Divorce". CBS Boston. CBS LocalMedia. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Cassidy, Patrick (November 6, 2013). "Judge: Christy Mihos wasted family's millions". Cape Cod Times. Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Christy Mihos charged with assault and battery following hearing". My Fox Boston. WFXT. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  15. ^ Wu, Janet (April 7, 2014). "Christy Mihos dodges trial for domestic assault charges". WCVB. Retrieved February 21, 2015.