Rep. Mike Jones loves to tell people that they're liars when they're telling the truth. Chris rodkey has said before that "Every time Mike Jones calls someone a liar, an angel registers to vote."
Our campaign's position is that we need to have honest, transparent, and genuine leadership. We aren't getting any of those things now, and the voters need to know.
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If you have questions, please contact us at Rodkey4PA@gmail.com.
True claim: Rep. Mike Jones had a lawsuit sealed just weeks before running for office, for a jury trial involving business fraud.
Mike Jones, before running for State Representative (but while sitting on Dallastown School board) was involved in a long legal battle which showed much of his supposed "business" background. His company had numerous shell organizations, non-profits, registered for unknown reasons, and while this usually is an indication of money laundering what he got caught with was illegally targeting and hiring employees from a competitor with the intention of stealing intellectual property to use in his business for profit. A jury awarded his competitor $6 million in damages, which was later knocked down a little.
The court transcript was sealed just weeks before his announcement that he was running for office, and coincided with his exit from the world of business. The York prothonotary office misfiled and did not seal nearly 1,600 pages of relevant documents from the case.
One interesting detail is that when he got caught lying to the court, he admitted, "I don't think this should be illegal, and I would do it 100 times again." By "this" he means stealing and nonprofit business fraud.
If you speak to anyone in business related to Jones, they are certainly aware of this lawsuit, will affirm that this is simply the one time he was caught, and will agree: Mike Jones lost all credibility in business and left to go into politics, where fraud and corruption are rewarded.
If the case was sealed, how do we know? The York prothonotary office either neglected or misfiled some of the documents--nearly 1,600 pages of documents. The transcript of the case remains sealed. The Rodkey campaign has asked judges to un-seal the case documents and have been given no response.
The documents are below this section.
But there's more....
True claim: The phony nonprofits involved in the Jones lawsuit reincorporated twice, changed their names, still exist without any evident purpose, but received forgiven PPP loans.
Two of the nefarious nonprofits merged and another changed its name at least twice, and then reincorporated to an address on Elizabethtown College, and at some point was announced as having some "partnership" with Elizabethtown College which did not last long.
During the 2020 pandemic two of the organizations applied for PPP loans, received them, and then reincorporated into Berks County, and then changed their names again. Their loans were forgiven. The nonprofits exist with no evident purpose.
But, wait, there's still more...
True claim: a bogus for-profit pharmaceutical company connected to the phony nonprofits also received PPP money, changed its address to the new mailing addresses of the others, and is now paying Mike Jones.
A pharmaceutical business whose owner has some professional connection to Jones' phony nonprofit had a corporate address at the Candy Factory in Lancaster until it received PPP funds, and then changed its address to the exact same address as the other phony nonprofits after receiving the forgivable loans. Mike Jones himself reported income from this pharmaceutical company after they received their loans.
The appearance is that these nonprofits collected PPP money and are moving funds between each other and eventually paying others, among them Jones--which we only know because he himself reported it on his financial disclosures. The loans were all processed by the same bank and Jones' income coincided with the PPP loans.
The point is that the fraud and corruption just did not end when Jones was elected, it has continued, and he is banking on constituents taking his background in business at his word, which we can objectively say, means nothing.
True claim: Rep. Mike Jones has missed 1 out of every 5 legislative voting days in Harrisburg.
Chris Rodkey submitted a Right-to-Know request to the PA State House of Representatives, and they legally responded with Rep. Jones' attendance records.
The math is simple: he was listed as officially absent for 20% of the dates. However, we have evidence (time-dated photographs and social media posts) of at least one day where he was listed as present when he was not there, which is to say, he has missed more that 20% of legislative voting days.
The House also provided us one instance in the last two years where Jones made an official statement of absence. In other words, he had a friend or a staff member voting in place of him on the other dates. We do not know who is really voting in Harrisburg for the 93rd district.
It is the position of the Rodkey campaign that this is wholly irresponsible and unacceptable. The Rodkey campaign will provide the RTK documents by request.
True claim: Mike Jones has been removed from all but one committee assignments in Harrisburg.
Even he does not deny this, but he is misrepresenting why this happened and what exactly happened.
in May, 2022, Mike Jones held a press conference at a restaurant in York to endorse two candidates running against local Republican incumbents. In that press conference, he proclaimed that Harrisburg's Republican establishment was working against him, called them hypocrites, and blamed his own party's leaders for his inability to accomplish anything in Harrisburg.
The York County Republican Party attempted to censure Jones for this statement, but narrowly failed. Then the candidates Jones supported won their primary elections.
But when Jones returned to Harrisburg, he was stripped of all of his committees, except one, as punishment. The fact, however, is that he attended committee meetings roughly 50% of the time anyway, and it does not appear that he ever attended the one committee he remained in this session. He had also chaired a subcommittee, and while there is no evidence that they actually met while he chaired it, that was taken from him, as well.
He claims that this punishment is sour grapes because the extremist candidates he supported won their primary elections, but party insiders have told us that while this certainly is part of it, the real issue is that he blamed them for his lack of accomplishing much in Harrisburg. There were rumors about other issues, but we can't confirm those to be true.
Rodkey asked house leadership if Jones would be appointed to committees if he were re-elected, and did not receive a response. We believe that if Jones were elected again he would continue to be punished by his Republican leaders.
We ask, why would we ever re-elect someone who isn't allowed to represent us?
In a recent mailing to constituents, Rep. Jones claimed to have something to do with he positive economy in PA because he chairs something called the Economic Growth Caucus. This is not an official organization and is a leadership position they can't take from him, because it's really a vanity group. And it is not clear whether his Republican colleagues have bailed from this meaningless "caucus" because there is no record of a recent meeting. What we do know is that they endorsed some legislation earlier in 2022, but none of them had anything to do with the caucus, and Jones was only listed as a co-sponsor on one f the bills. His sharing of this information with constituents is misleading and dishonest.
You can read about Jones' removal from committee assignments here.
True claim: Mike Jones signed a document which ends the democratic process in Harrisburg.
Rep. Jones signed The Declaration of Suspension, which declared that state legislators can privately circulate petitions, without public debate, discussion, or notice, to suspend any parts of the state constitution that they want at any given time while in legislative session. Several conservative Republicans denounced the declaration as illegal, unconstitutional, and contrary to American democracy. We agree.
Watch the press conference they held about it here. You will see Rep. Jones standing in the group of supporting signers of the Declaration.
Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) wrote the following about the Declaration:
The Declaration of Suspension, in and of itself, is a violation of our Constitution. Our constitution does not provide a process for a majority of members of the House and Senate to void any law or action by the executive or legislative branch. This is a very dangerous concept in which your constitutionally protected rights can be eliminated. Our constitution was developed to ensure no one branch has this type of power.
You can read his full statement here.
Most of the signers have attempted to remove any evidence of their signature on the document. Here's the file, with Rep. Jones' signature clearly present as one of the first signers.
True claim: Mike Jones attempted to cancel the state's 2020 election results.
Although he has recently claimed this is not true, it is very well documented. He has scrubbed his social media page with references to this, including him insulting constituents who objected.
On Dec. 4, 2020, he was among many other state lawmakers who signed a letter to the PA Congressional delegation to convince them to dispute the electors. In other words, the certified electors by the state should not be recognized by US Congress. The letter is found here.
Other documents can be found here.
This WITF resource lists all state legislators who participated in the election fraud lie.
It's worth pointing out that a persistent court opinion of these attempts was an obvious fact: if they really believed what they were saying, they would have questioned their own re-elections as well.
True claim: Mike Jones tried to prove to the County that voters who were actually alive were dead.
While he still says this is not true, it's actually worse than this statement, and the documents are available to prove it.
Desperate to stop the counting of votes in York County in the weeks after the 2020 election, he contacted a County Commissioner claiming to have used his legislative staff to research whether voters were alive or dead. He claimed to have discovered several voters he believed to be dead.
York County, in a smart move, did not respond to Jones until after they certified the election results, because depending how they responded, it would have been illegal. The County solicitor claimed that all of Jones' information on the voters was wrong, and they researched it and confirmed the facts, and even shared privileged voter database information, with redactions, for the voters by email. And then he responded back to the County Commissioner that he still didn't believe it, after being given clear and straightforward proof.
Spotlight PA published an excellent investigative report on this story, and you can find it, complete with all of the proof, here.
Chris Rodkey asked Rep. Jones for information about the names on his list of allegedly dead voters, which was denied. Rodkey then submitted numerous Right-to-Know requests to York County to get more information on the details of this story, and York County denied these documents, even going so far as to make a sworn statement that information they previously said to be true was not, just to protect the documents from being released. A summary of those matters is here.
Those documents could show that there is nothing to the story, or they should show that Rep. Jones committed a felony of election fraud or interference. And furthermore, that Jones wrote to the County in the first place before the votes were certified was a clear violation of PA House of Representatives Ethics rules. We will now never know, but what we do know is that the County tried very hard to suppress this information and that Rep. Jones used state resources to attempt to cancel votes cast in his own district.
As late as Spring, 2021, individuals in his conspiracy networks still repeated that Jones claimed that he had hard evidence of voter fraud in his district. Because Rodkey is a Judge of Elections, he asked Jones if he could point to where exactly the voter fraud was taking place in his district, and he would not answer, but he was talking to someone about it behind closed doors. Even if Jones had stopped claiming that he had evidence of fraud--which we doubt--he never made any efforts to publicly correct the record.
True claim: Mike Jones has sued the state to stop mail voting .
Rep. Jones has been involved with more than two instances of litigation trying to stop mail voting, but two were actual lawsuits in September, 2021, and July, 2022.
Jones believes that women who have abortions should be convicted of murder and given mandatory life sentences: 2019 HB 1095. Jones voted yes. Here's the vote.
The "Fetal Funeral Bill." Jones supported this in both sessions. In its most recent iteration, the bill was advertised as giving parents the right to claim miscarried fetal remains. Which is fine. But what it also did was create a legal procedure where any woman having an abortion would have to declare what funeral home they want to release the fetal remains (at their own expense) or alternatives to burial. Women would have to sign this form even in the case of ectopic pregnancy, where where there is no fetus. Chris Rodkey and his wife had two miscarriages, one ectopic, in a municipality that had a similar law, and the hospital would not perform surgery unless the mother signed documents admitting the opposite of her medical diagnosis, forcibly perjuring the mother to get potentially life-saving surgery.
Jones voted for the bill even after its sponsor refused to answer questions about these issues; here's the vote; and here's the journal record of the ridiculousness. He voted against an amendment that allowed a physician to exempt a woman from signing documents contrary to diagnosis. (Interestingly, he voted for an amendment that clarified the misuse of the language if "fetal death" which Republicans supported--days after telling Chris Rodkey that he was a liar for saying this language was incorrect! In other words, if a Democrat says it, it's a lie, if a Republican says it, it's true. Here's the vote.)
Jones claimed in the York Daily Record that the "heartbeat bill" is a compromise with Democrats in his district.
This is simply evidence that Jones does not know the actual issues or the spectrum f opinion on this matter, both. The Rodkey Campaign believes that reproductive health is a much bigger issue than just about abortion, and that the so-called "heartbeat bill" is neither based in medical or factual knowledge.