RI residence listed as a ‘second home’

A month before she kicked off her campaign for Rhode Island governor, Ashley Kalus declared her Newport residence a “second home” in a mortgage document. 

Kalus and husband Jeffrey Weinzweig took out a mortgage in February on the house they bought in Newport, a month after she registered to vote in Rhode Island at that address, according to mortgage records filed with the Newport City Clerk’s office. She formally kicked off her campaign for governor March 22.

The mortgage includes a “second-home rider,” first reported by WPRI-TV, and lists Kalus and Weinzeig’s permanent address as Highland Park, Ill. They sold their Illinois house earlier this month.

Ashley Kalus

What is a second-home rider?

In signing a second-home rider, the owner typically agrees to use the property themselves and not rent it out as part of a time-share or rental pool. In exchange, they usually receive a lower interest rate on their mortgage than they would if they were to use it as an investment rental property.

Gov. Dan McKee’s campaign has been attacking Kalus all week for lacking the long connection to Rhode Island he has and for not being “from here.”

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