Michigan Advance: White Lake home never lived in by Senate candidate Mike Rogers has been demolished

LANSING — Michigan Advance has reported that Mike Rogers does not currently own a house in Michigan. Rogers purchased a house that “has been demolished, with a new home under construction in its place,” and it has “never [been] lived in” by Rogers. 

Mike Rogers’ “House”

Photo: Michigan Advance

In July 2023, Rogers’ team “provided copies of Oakland County permits to plug an onsite well and install a new one at the home, which had undergone $100,000 in renovations prior to its sale,” but “as of Tuesday morning, the old house was gone” with “no workers or active construction visible at the time.” Rogers’ campaign refused to provide a timeline of when Rogers will move into the house that is under major construction.

This new report comes as Rogers has already faced scrutiny for “never actually resid[ing] at the White Lake property” and owning a “4,751-square-foot home in Cape Coral, Fla., valued at $1.7 million” that “was his official residence until his decision to run for U.S. Senate last year.” Rogers is “still listed as an active voter in Lee County,” Florida, as of Wednesday. 

Michigan Democratic Party Spokesperson Sam Chan issued the following statement about Mike Rogers not owning a home in the state:

“After he abandoned Michigan to walk through the revolving door and enrich himself, Mike Rogers is back to run for Senate and keep boosting his own bottom line. Rogers is trying to fool voters about where he lives and his campaign owes Michiganders answers about when he will have a house in Michigan.”

Read Michigan Advance’s reporting on Rogers’ “not-yet-neighborhood:”

Michigan Advance: A new house is being built for Mr. Rogers in his not-yet-neighborhood

  • The White Lake Township home owned by GOP former U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, who’s running for U.S. Senate, has been demolished, with a new home under construction in its place.
  • The one-bedroom, 728-square-foot home, purchased by Rogers and his wife, Kristi, for $295,000 in July 2023, became a focus of questions about Rogers residency in January when the Michigan Advance first reported that he had never actually resided at the White Lake property. 
  • Instead, Rogers said he was living at his sister-in-law’s Genoa Township house, near Brighton, where he was also registered to vote.
  • At the time, Rogers’ campaign provided copies of Oakland County permits to plug an onsite well and install a new one at the home, which had undergone $100,000 in renovations prior to its sale.
  • But as of Tuesday morning, the old house was gone and the cement foundation for a new structure was in its place. 
  • There were no workers or active construction visible at the time. 
  • A sign on the property indicated the construction was being handled by EBI Inc., a home building company owned by Rogers’ brother, Bill Rogers.
  • Mike Rogers campaign spokesman Chris Gustafson confirmed for the Advance that Rogers was still staying at the Genoa Township home of his sister-in-law with plans to move into the White Lake Township home once it was completed, although no timeline was provided.
  • Rogers has been accused by political rivals of being a “carpetbagger” in his pursuit of Michigan’s U.S. Senate seat
  • …Rogers later moved into a 4,751-square-foot home in Cape Coral, Fla., valued at $1.7 million.
  • That home, which he still owns, was his official residence until his decision to run for U.S. Senate last year. It was reported in mid-April that Rogers remained registered to vote at the Cape Coral residence, although his campaign said that officials there had failed to act yet on a form filed by Rogers requesting that his name be removed from the Florida voter rolls. 
  • However, a check of the online Florida voter database shows he was still listed as an active voter in Lee County as of Wednesday morning.

See also: Michigan Advance: Where is Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood?, Newsweek: Michigan Republican Candidate Caught Living in Florida

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