Tea Party head demands fiscal responsibility, dodges mortgage payments

by Ryan Smith21 Oct 2013

When he’s not talking about fiscal responsibility, the head of the Oregon Tea Party is apparently dodging his mortgage payments. What’s more, he’s been doing so for years, according to Oregon’s KATU News.

Fannie Mae has filed court papers alleging John Kuzmanich, founder and chairman of the Oregon Tea Party, hasn’t paid the mortgage on his home in three years, according to a Thursday KATU report.

Fannie Mae also hasn’t been able to locate Kuzmanich to serve him with legal papers. According to KATU, unsuccessful service attempts have been made at Kuzmanich’s Beaverton, Ore., duplex as well as properties in Cannon Beach and Portland.

KATU sent a reporter to Kuzmanich’s duplex Thursday night, but although lights were on and a dog was barking, no one answered the door.

According to KATU, Kuzmanich hasn’t been shy about appearing in public in the past. He ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2010, and appeared on the station’s “Your Voice, Your Vote” news program on Oct. 6.

“We're just good and decent, principled Americans that believe in the Constitution, a fiscally responsible government, individual and economic liberty and want to be free and left alone,” he said on the program.

Kuzmanich owes still hundreds of thousands of dollars on his mortgage, according to KATU.