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Jonathan Lee Refuses To Answer Questions About Family Business

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According to one of his campaign commercials, Jackson Democratic mayoral candidate Jonathan Lee claims he's a successful businessman.  

But the "successful businessman" who wants to run a city with a $350 million budget, won't sit down us and put to rest questions about what his role was in the family business Lee says he once headed.

According to court documents, a Hinds county judge has slapped Mississippi Products incorporated, the company with default judgments of more than $100,000 to three different businesses that Mississippi Products failed to pay.

The Democratic candidate told us this week by phone he resigned as company president in late 2011.

But invoices from May and June of that year from one of the default judgments, indicate Lee eas still in charge when the disputed purchases were made. 

And according to the company's 2012 annual report, Lee is listed as president of the company, even though his campaign told us Lee resigned his post the previous year to run for mayor.

Lee said in statement, "The issue at hand stems from an ongoing contract dispute between Mississippi Products, involved vendors, and a former customer. The resulting judgments are still being actively pursued by Mississippi Products, Inc."

Lee blames his one of his opponents for questions about him family business, writing in an email, "with my campaign for mayor picking up a tremendous amount of steam… this is no doubt another attempt to impede our momentum and distract voters from the real issues at hand." 

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