Plymouth: State Senate candidate Tom Keyes fails to disclose assets but calls the error a ‘computer glitch’

The State House News Service is reporting that State Senate candidate Tom Keyes failed to disclose the purchase of his Sandwich home with the Ethics Commission. Candidates are required to annually disclose their assets as well as loan and mortgage information with the Ethics Commission.

Keyes and his wife bought their home in November of 2010 but the Republican also failed to report a $439,000 mortgage that was taken out for the purchase.

The mortgage was taken out from the David and Karyl Merrell Living Trust. The Merrell’s have donated money towards Keyes’ campaign for the last two years. But the State Senate candidate who works as a consultant argues that the mortgage is perfectly legal and says that he did disclose his information.

“When I was up there putting the data in, there was a glitch in the system. So once we found out that it didn’t take, and they even said in their own words that they have an archaic system, immediately that data was put in. There is no problem with what I’ve put in or what I’ve put out. I’m an ethics and compliance officer and I’ve been putting in SFI reports since 2002. There’s no problem here on my end,” says Keyes

Keyes amended his filings with the Ethics Commission earlier this month. But he feels it’s too coincidental that the State House News Service would release an article about the error on the day of a debate with his incumbent challenger Therese Murray who was recently referenced in a federal indictment, “You know where looking at these probation scandals that are going on and on and on. We’ve got Paul Ware saying he’s expecting indictments at the top ranking elected officials in this state at any moment and my opponent has been looking for anything to come out on me. This is a non-issue.”

Keyes and Murray are scheduled to debate Wednesday night in Sandwich and Thursday night in Kingston.

This is the second-time Keyes is challenging Murray who’s represented the Plymouth-Barnstable Senate District for the past 20 years.

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.