Christy Peter Mihos (June 13, 1949 – March 25, 2017) was an American politician and businessman from Massachusetts. He was an Independent candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in 2006. He ran for the Republican nomination for governor in 2010, but did not receive enough votes at the Republican Convention to qualify for the primary ballot.
|Massachusetts Turnpike Commission Member|
July 1, 1999 – July 1, 2004
|Succeeded by||Daniel Grabauskas|
|Born||June 13, 1949|
|Died||March 25, 2017 (aged 67)|
Stuart, Florida, U.S.
|Cause of death||Pancreatic cancer|
(m. 1974; div. 2013)
|Alma mater||Stonehill College|
|Occupation||Convenience Store Franchise Owner|
Mihos was born and raised in Brockton, Massachusetts. During his youth, Mihos worked in his family's supermarket. He graduated from Brockton High School and Stonehill College. While attending college, Mihos was the part of a Greek wedding band playing the bouzouki, clarinet, and saxophone. He was also part of a rock band playing the bass guitar.
In 1974, Mihos and his wife Andrea married. During the 1980s he was president of the board of stewards at the Panagia Greek Orthodox Church in Cohasset, Massachusetts. He was credited with leading the church through one of its most successful financial periods. During his tenure, the church's interior was refurbished and a parish house was purchased.
Mihos owned the convenience store chain Christy's Markets on Cape Cod. The original store, which was in Brockton, Massachusetts, was opened by his Greek immigrant grandfather, Christy Mihos, in 1934 . During the 1960s, Mihos father and uncle, Peter and James C. Mihos, expanded the business from a single supermarket into a chain of convenience stores.
In the 1970s, Mihos began running the chain with his brother, Jim. Christy served as president and chief executive officer, while Jim was the company's chief operating officer and treasurer. In 1980 they purchased the Sunny Corner Farms chain of convenience stores, which gave the business 33 stores in the Boston area. At its peak, the chain included 144 stores found throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Maine. In May 1998, Mihos and his brother sold 142 of their stores to 7-Eleven. Mihos, however, repurchased 8 Christy's on Cape Cod along with some real estate holdings.
1990 state senate electionEdit
In 1990, Mihos ran for the Massachusetts Senate as a Republican. He was the initial the frontrunner for the party's nomination, as he had more name recognition and financial means than his opponents and had lived in three of the towns in the district (Cohasset, Weymouth and Scituate). Although Mihos was seen as the most electable Republican in a district that included heavily Democratic towns such as Weymouth and Marshfield, his support for environmental protection and abortion rights, willingness to raise taxes, and contributions to prominent Democrats such as William M. Bulger and William B. Golden caused some Republicans to view him as too liberal. Mihos lost the primary election by three votes to conservative activist Robert Hedlund, who later won the general election.
Massachusetts Turnpike AuthorityEdit
In 1999, he was appointed to the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority by Governor Paul Cellucci, where he served as vice chairman. During his tenure on the Authority, Mihos frequently clashed with Chairman Matt Amorello over a number of issues regarding the Big Dig's budget and excessive spending. In 2001, after voting to postpone a toll hike and seeking to fire Bechtel, the general contractor of the Big Dig, Mihos was fired by Acting Governor Jane Swift, along with Director Jordan Levy. Mihos sued claiming that the governor did not have the authority to fire them, and it was eventually brought before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Mihos won his case, and both were reinstated to the Authority. Mihos later sued Governor Swift for violating his First Amendment right to free speech and settled that case in U.S. District Court for $197,000.
In 2004, when Mihos's five-year term on the authority expired, Governor Mitt Romney replaced him with Daniel A. Grabauskas, the 2002 Republican nominee for State Treasurer. During his term on the Authority, Mihos also served as a trustee of the University of Massachusetts.
2006 campaign for governorEdit
In late 2005, Mihos announced that he was thinking of running for governor in 2006. After Romney announced that he would not seek re-election, Mihos decided to pursue his candidacy further. Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey had won the support of Romney and the majority of the state Republican leadership for the nomination, so Mihos decided to run as an Independent, announcing his candidacy for governor via televised interview on March 2, 2006. The next day, he held a rally at the Massachusetts State House to officially announce his candidacy. On June 8, 2006, Mihos announced that he had chosen John J. Sullivan, a Winchester, Massachusetts town moderator and lifelong Democrat, to be his running mate.
A centerpiece for Mihos's platform in his run for governor was what he called "Proposition 1," a plan to dedicate 40% of the state's budget to aid for the cities, end annual reassessment of property taxes (similar to California's Proposition 13), and eliminate fees for public education. He declared that he believes in traditional marriage between a man and a woman, but the personal lives of Massachusetts residents should be left private, and a vote on same-sex marriage is an issue for the voting public, not one man. In addition, he had pledged to enact campaign finance reform laws.
Mihos generated controversy in September 2006 by airing an animated political commercial showing a Big Dig engineer and politicians with their heads literally up their behinds. Further speculation and controversies followed suit with articles published in the Boston Globe regarding Mihos's involvement with public university professor Lou DiNatale's polling data. The Boston Globe article drew attention to the conflict regarding DiNatale's involvement in Mihos political campaign, as well as his poll analysis despite the fact that DiNatale was never employed by Mihos. The state education system prohibited its educators from being involved in political campaigns. The Boston Globe wrote that DiNatale had "an interesting relationship with Christy P. Mihos, now an independent candidate for governor."[dead link]
2010 campaign for GovernorEdit
On April 17, 2010, balloting at the Massachusetts Republican State Convention resulted in Charles Baker beating Mihos by a margin of 89%-11%; since it was less than 15%, Mihos was denied a spot on the GOP ballot in a possible primary. Mihos told reporters that he did not plan to run for office again.
In 2010, gas suppliers sued Mihos for over $600,000 and a judge placed liens on several of his business properties. Around the same time, former campaign staffers filed claims with the state alleging unpaid wages. Later that year, Mihos was fined $70,000 by the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance for improper campaign spending. In 2011 Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley sued him for failing to pay the fine.
In July 2012 he was ordered to pay Independence Park Inc., a Hyannis-based developer, $910,000 as well as more than $10,000 in attorney fees and other costs.
On February 21, 2012, Andrea Mihos went to the Yarmouth, Massachusetts police station to report an alleged domestic assault the previous evening in Stuart, Florida. She told police she was concerned for her husband's mental health, as his behavior had become increasingly erratic and aggressive due to political and business setbacks. According to the police report, the assault occurred during an argument in which she reminded her husband of his bad behavior, including hiring prostitutes, strippers, and porn stars for sex. Police declined to pursue domestic violence charges against Mihos, stating that there was not enough evidence and that his wife was not cooperating.
In May 2012, Andrea Mihos filed for divorce, which she was granted on October 15, 2013. The judge ruled that she would receive the majority of the couple's remaining assets ($2.9 million of the couple's $4 million estate). He described Christy Mihos' actions as "deceptive, ego-driven, impulsive and rash, and ended up being financially devastating".
In April 2014, he reached an agreement with prosecutors in which the charges would be dropped if he successfully completed nine months of pretrial probation, refrained from contacting Andrea Mihos except through e-mail or their attorneys, completed a mental health evaluation and underwent any necessary treatment, and refrain from publicly commenting on the case unless with Andrea Mihos and/or her attorney.
Four weeks after complaining of stomach pain, Christy Mihos died of pancreatic cancer. At the time of the diagnosis, doctors told him the cancer had spread to his bladder and liver. Due to the advanced stage of his cancer, he declined further treatment, and entered hospice care.
- "Christy Peter Mihos, Plaintiff, Appellee/cross-appellant, v. Jane Swift, Individually and in Her Official Capacity As the Acting Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Defendant, Appellant/cross-appellee, Andwilliam F. Galvin, in His Official Capacity As Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Defendant, 358 F.3d 91 (1st Cir. 2004)". Justia US Law. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
- McGrory, Brian (May 20, 1990). "Mihos Puts His Name on Political Line". The Boston Globe.
- Marquard, Bryan (2017-03-29). "Christy Mihos, 67; store magnate had storied rise and sordid fall". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
- Cassidy, Patrick (July 13, 2012). "Mihos hit with $900K judgment". Cape Cod Times. Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- Mihos took on a governor and won[permanent dead link]
- Boston.com / News / Boston Globe / Opinion / Op-ed / What went wrong at the Big Dig
- http://www.christy2010.com/pages/press_releases_details.cfm?releaseid=14. Retrieved March 9, 2009. Missing or empty
- Boston Herald
- After spot on ballot is denied, Mihos says he won’t run again - The Boston Globe
- Wife Says Chrity Mihos Is Addicted To Prostitutes, Porn Stars
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- Curran, Kathy. "I-Team: Christy Mihos Says He's Broke, Wife Files For Divorce". CBS Boston. CBS LocalMedia. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- Cassidy, Patrick (November 6, 2013). "Judge: Christy Mihos wasted family's millions". Cape Cod Times. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
- "Christy Mihos charged with assault and battery following hearing". My Fox Boston. WFXT. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- Wu, Janet (April 7, 2014). "Christy Mihos dodges trial for domestic assault charges". WCVB. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
- "Former gubernatorial candidate Christy Mihos dies of cancer at 67". southcoasttoday.com. The Cape Cod Times. Retrieved 27 March 2017.