63rd State House Candidate Matt Hall Addresses Criticisms
Matt Hall says he moved to Emmett Township with no intention of running for any office and then was asked more than a month later to challenge incumbent State Rep. Dave Maturen in the Republican primary. Maturen and his supporters say Hall moved into the district for the sole purpose of running here after first filing from his home in Grand Rapids to run for the US Congressional seat held by Republican Justin Amash. Hall later decided not to oppose Amash and to run for the 63rd State House Seat instead. Hall says he lives in Emmett Township and has worked and voted in the district.
Hall says he's knocked on 5,000 doors and is getting positive support for his Conservative message. He touted his high rankings for supporting second amendment and pro-life issues, and says he's the only true conservative in the race. Hall says there's a swamp in Lansing that needs draining. He says "Liberal" Dave Maturen is part of that swamp.
Hall criticized what he calls "dark money groups" for attack ads. He says the ad is being funded by special interests in Lansing who oppose auto Insurance reform.
The police report, obtained from WMU police, shows what was said in the e-mails, and portions of those have been mailed to voters in the district.
The (above) e-mail message reads:"_____, YOU BETTER NOT GO TO THE CHRISTMAS PARTY TOMORROW NIGHT! JUST A WORD OF ADVICE! THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN AND WE DON'T LIKE YOUR KIND TREATING LADIES LIE _____ WITHOUT DIGNITY. SHE IS A FINE LADY. YOU DON'T NEED TO BE SAYING SHIT ABOUT HER! WE ARE GOING TO IMPOSE OUR SOUTHERN WAYS ON YOU! I'VE GOT A SHOTGUN RIFLE AND I JUST PUT A BULLET IN IT WITH YOUR NAME ON IT! ____ WITL YOU MARRY ME???
A second e-mail read: "____ YOU HAD BETTER WATCH OUT! WE DON'T LIKE YOUR KIND HERE IN WC! YOU WON'T FEEL VERY CROMBIE WHEN WE ARE DONE WITH YOU! BY YOU BLOCKING US ON IM WE ARE JUST MORE ANGRY!!! CLOSING TIME IS COMING SOON! BETTER SAY YOUR PRAYERS!!! STAY AWAY FROM ____.
Hall was accused in the commercial of admitting in a police report to "making racist death threats." Hall says the person he threatened was white, so it wasn't a racist threat, and he says he had been drinking and sent a "really dumb internet communication" to a guy in the Northeast over a girl that he was dating. He says it happened 17 years ago when he was in college at WMU. He said he apologized and took responsibility and the matter was dropped.
Hall accused "Consumers Energy, the hospitals and large corporate groups who are out there under other names" of trying to buy the election. Hall says his opposition is "lying about me from when I was in college 17 years ago, and even now about where I live." He says "They're trying to distract me and they're trying to distract the voters of the 63rd district and that's wrong."
Hall still owns a place in Grand Rapids, but says it is up for sale.