I promised myself I would not respond to Mike Clifford’s constant barrage of outright lies and half truths against my husband. However, he has once again crossed the line and I feel I am left with no choice. In Mr. Clifford’s latest post on his opinion page he accuses my husband of making some kind of, “sweet deal,” with a developer who was building on our dead end street, although he fails to mention what was so sweet about it.
Maybe in Mr. Clifford’s world, $120,000 for a little more than an acre of uncleared land is a sweet deal. However, in our world it represents years of hard work, sacrifice, and saving.
All the paperwork regarding our purchase of that land is public record. I still have a copy of the bank check. Our reason for purchasing this property was simple. When we saw the plans we discovered there would be a house practically in our backyard and only a few feet from where we have our pool and fireplace. So we purchased the lot that was for sale at the price he was asking. There was no sweet deal for us or the contractor. He had no idea we were not going to build a house on the lot. Today, that lot has not been cleared and will remain that way for as long as we live in this house.
It is also worth noting that the likely reason Mr. Clifford is posting this is because no one from the press was interested in publishing it. Mike Clifford is no doubt attempting to influence an election. And considering the fact that he dropped out of this race because he could not win, he wants you to believe he is all about what is best for North Smithfield, when in reality he is all about himself and an obsession with John Beauregard.
He also went to the press in 2020 with the same allegation – with the same lack of results. So now, in a last minute desperate attempt, he is peddling lies on his Facebook opinion page and paying to boost it. If this is so important, why did he let it sit for two years? Why didn’t he go to the, “authorities,” any time in the past two years? This investigation could be long over by now. Was he withholding evidence of a crime to be used for a personal vendetta in a future election? That doesn’t sound like he’s acting in the best interest of the town.
How will he rationalize this to his followers? Read his post carefully. He speaks in generalities and makes no attempt to back up what he is saying. He says he’s saving his facts for the authorities but really he means he’s got nothing. Does he realize the burden of proof is far greater with “the authorities” than it is with the press? He’s essentially saying North Smithfield voters are all gullible like his followers and will believe whatever he tells them, like his followers. Members of the council can’t purchase land that was for sale to everyone? What government authority is he reporting this to? Will he share it with us when they turn him away? Mr. Clifford is throwing out red meat for his followers, (who I admit do eat it right up) and hoping some of you will devour it as well.
There is a larger issue here for my husband than a seat on the town council, and that is his reputation. John served on the Rhode Island State Police for 25 years, receiving dozens of commendations for his service and dedication. He rose through the ranks, and as the night executive officer, was in charge of the entire state when we were all home sleeping. He has also been in business for over 30 years, not once advertising, but able to rely on his reputation for his success. Never has anyone even hinted about him doing anything deceitful or dishonest as a state trooper or a business owner.
Those of you who know my husband personally know his reputation. Now Mr. Clifford comes along and he would have you believe John is running a criminal enterprise right out of Town Hall? All these years he has been fooling everyone, but Mike Clifford cracked the case. Or is it more likely Mike Clifford is desperate to be relevant – because he never really has been – and seeking validation from anyone who will listen? You need only to watch the first 15 minutes of a council meeting to see it. He should remember: I am the one who saw him taking a slow drive past our house, and I believe this has become an obsession.
We will be seeking the advice of an attorney because I believe Mr. Clifford’s post and constant lies about my husband crosses a line that no one should have to tolerate, even people running for public office. I am sure we have not seen the last of his lies.
A wise person once said; “cheaters will accuse you of cheating, liars will accuse you of lying, and people with low morals will accuse you of having low morals… pay attention to how people treat other people, it’s a reflection of who they really are.”
Janice Beauregard is the wife of Town Council President John Beauregard