Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Fox29 to air report about Kenyatta Johnson's residency

Jeff Cole, the Fox29 investigative reporter known for secretly surveilling city officials, is airing a story tonight about where state Rep. Kenyatta Johnson has been laying his head. Johnson is expected to win the race for the 2nd City Council District in Tuesday's general election.

Fox29 to air report about Kenyatta Johnson's residency

Jeff Cole, the Fox29 investigative reporter known for secretly surveilling city officials, is airing a story tonight about where state Rep. Kenyatta Johnson has been laying his head. Johnson is expected to win the race for the 2nd City Council District in Tuesday’s general election.

Mark Nevins, Johnson’s campaign spokesman, said Fox29 filmed the candidate as he spent some nights at a house in West Philly this year. That house, in Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell’s district, is owned by Johnson’s fiance, Dawn Chavous.

“Congratulations to Fox,” Nevins joked. “They blew the lid off the story about a guy who stays at his fiance’s house.”

Cole's story is expected to be teased on Fox29's 6 p.m. broadcast and aired on the 10 p.m. broadcast.

Nevins said Johnson lives in a house he rents on Manton Street in the Point Breeze neighborhood of the 2nd District. Nevins said Johnson gave Fox29 totals for what he has paid in the last year for electric and gas bills at the Manton Street address.

"He pays rent there. He pays bills there," Nevins said. “He spends time with his fiance and time in Harrisburg but the Manton Street address is his home."

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