Kevin Burns Bounces Check, Attacks Rival (Updated)
"He is only running because he needs a job," says Gwen Margolis, his opponent in the state Senate August primary. "He is not making any money, from what I can determine."
Margolis is a former county commissioner and ex-state senator. Burns did not return two calls seeking comment last week, but on Monday stormed into the New Times office blaming Margolis for planting a false story. He acknowledges a check was bounced, but says it was for the U.S. Senate campaign that he abandoned. He provided documentation to show the check bounced because the signature was deemed "irregular" by Transatlantic Bank. Of Margolis, he said: "She is a desperate career politician distorting the facts for self interest."
Being a state senator pays $29,000 a year, which would give either Burns or Margolis something to live on. Burns owes more than $400,000, which includes a mortgage and judgments against him. We'll add Margolis's debts to this post later. Both are Democrats
Moreover, Burns, is facing foreclosure on his residence, and this past April, he was ordered to pay a default judgment of $118,000 in a civil lawsuit he lost. Burns says he has been working as a business consultant
"I think people are very concerned when political figures have fiscal problems," Margolis says. "It should be a consideration for anyone when they go to the polls."
In an interview before his check bounced, Burns informed Riptide he was close to finalizing a loan modification agreement that will allow him to keep the house in the tony Keystone Point community he shares with his partner
"I am not a millionaire like other candidates," Burns said. "I have daily challenges in this economy."
Later, in assailing Margolis, he added: "If I was a career politician who could not run on my current record, then I would resort to negative campaigning as my opponent has."