GOP candidate under scrutiny over alleged past delinquent child support

(The Center Square) – While 28 candidates for governor have filed with the Public Disclosure Commission, only one is currently facing independent expenditures in opposition.

Public records surfacing on past actions of Republican candidate Misipati Semi Bird have roused the ire of former supporter Mike McKee, who has set up a website at to explain his change of heart.

“Semi is a phenomenal speaker and we talk the same language about school boards and the mess that our schools are in,” McKee said last week. “He’s a very knowledgeable guy. But I can’t support him anymore.”

McKee said he has no ties to fellow Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Reichert or the Reichert campaign.

Committees making “independent expenditures” for or against any candidate or issue are required to register and report to the PDC. They are not permitted to communicate or coordinate with a candidate or a
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