I was skimming around in campaign finance reports the other day*, when I came across something that made me say “Hmm.” And here it is:
This is taken from the latest campaign finance filing of Common Sense Leadership PAC, House Minority Leader Don Turner’s
slush fund political action committee. It indicates that one Bruce Lisman made a donation of $4,000 to CSLPAC on October 11.
Bruce Lisman. Of 716 Kipling Street, Houston, Texas.
Oh please, say it ain’t so, Bruce. Say you haven’t left us for a warm-weather tax haven. Especially after a campaign full of bumpf about what a true-blue Son of Vermont you were.
Reinforcing my curiosity were the fact that Lisman’s Twitter feed has been inactive since August 10, his campaign’s Facebook page was last updated on August 15, and his campaign website has been consigned to the same Internet purgatory populated by the remnants of AngelFire and GeoCities.
(Kids, ask your parents.)
Fortunately, I’ve been reassured by Lisman’s costly campaign manager, Shawn Shouldice:
Have no fear Bruce is still very much in Vermont.
Apparently the Houston address was due to a mixup between Bruce, his bookkeeper, and the campaign finance reporting system. So no, Bruce Lisman didn’t run for the border as soon as he lost the primary.
Before I heard from Shouldice, I checked out the address on real-estate listings, and found it was a plausible pied-a-terre for the likes of a Wall Street millionaire.
This is a Single-Family Home located at 716 Kipling Street, Houston, TX. 716 Kipling St has 4 beds, 3 baths, and approximately 2,892 square feet. The property has a lot size of 6,003 sqft and was built in 1932. The average list price for similar homes for sale is $713,970. 716 Kipling St is in the Neartown-Montrose neighborhood in Houston, TX. The average list price for Neartown- Montrose is $622,982.
So, biggish house in a neighborhood full of large, well-maintained homes on small lots. There’s a gate at the end of the driveway to keep out the hoi polloi. Maybe $700K is a little light for a man of substantial means, but yeah, believable.
A check of property ownership records showed that the house belonged to a staff attorney for Hess, a gas-and-oil giant. Seemed unlikely that Lisman would stoop to subletting. And Shouldice’s prompt email reply eliminated all doubt.
We’ve still got Bruce Lisman to kick around.
Hey, if Phil Scott loses, are we gonna get “Lisman ’18 — The Empire Strikes Back”?
(Did I just become the first media member to begin speculating about the NEXT election.)