Does Tim Michels Live Outside Wisconsin?
Family of GOP candidate for governor owns $17 million mansion in Connecticut and kids have attended nearby schools.
Does Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels actually live outside Wisconsin?
The couple also owns a New York penthouse along E. 68th St that they purchased in 2015 for $8.7 million. “Barbara Michels listed the $17 million home as her ‘residential street address’ when she made a campaign donation in December 2021, and she listed the couple’s Manhattan penthouse as her address when she made a campaign donation in 2020,” the story reports.
The couple’s two youngest children “attended Connecticut and New York City high schools for their entire high school years. The oldest child graduated from Xavier High School in New York City in 2016 (he started attending that school in 2013); the daughter graduated from Marymount School of New York in 2019; and the youngest son graduated from Brunswick High School in Greenwich in 2021. A call to each school confirmed none of them are boarding schools… Dartmouth University lists the hometown for Michels’ youngest son, who graduated from high school in 2021, as Riverside, Connecticut.”
In short the Michels children have been attending schools on the East Coast since 2013.
The couple also own a home and lot in Hartland, WI, worth more than $5 million and are registered to vote in Wisconsin. But it certainly looks like the family has been living for years in another state. A story about a donation by Tim and Barbara Michels’ donation to Weill Cornell Medicine notes that “By 2017, the family was living in the New York area.”
Michels has also run a campaign ad describing himself as a “self-made businessman,” but as Michael Horne reported for Urban Milwaukee, the company was actually built by his parents Dale and Ruth Michels, and then taken over by their children, including Tim.
This fine piece of reporting by WRN begins with a bizarre, three-paragraph “editor’s note” by Jim Piwowarczyk explaining why it reported this story on a Republican candidate. One would have thought the fact that it was newsworthy was sufficient explanation.
Update: On Monday afternoon Michels did an interview with conservative talk radio host Dan O’Donnell reported by the AP and confirmed that he has lived about half the time in Manhattan and Connecticut, where his children attended schools, since 2013, He said that for all but one of these nine years he lived at least 183 days in his Wisconsin home, to maintain residency, both for voting and paying taxes, even though the family was still living on the East Coast. “We probably could have moved back [to Wisconsin] a few years ago,” Michels said in the interview, but the family did not want to disrupt their daughter’s senior year in high school. However, she graduated from a New York high school in 2019. Has the family now moved back to Wisconsin? That’s not clear.