|Congressman Thaddeus "Thad" McCotter of Michigan speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Please attribute to Gage Skidmore if used elsewhere. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R) has decided to end his four day Write-In Campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives today, after the states' Bureau of Elections stated approximately 87% of the signatures submitted for his Republican candidacy were fraudulent in nature.
From the Detroit News on May 30th:
"Michigan Secretary of State’s Office had determined he didn’t have the 1,000 valid signatures needed to get on the Aug. 7 primary ballot, even though 2,000 signatures were turned in.
A spokesman for the secretary of state has said only a couple hundred signatures appeared valid and many seemed to be copies.
The State's Bureau of Elections referred Representative McCotter's fraudent signatures over to Attorney General Bill Schuette's office on May 31st for investigation. On May 30th Rep. McCotter office told The Detroit News they believe off-duty staffers were possibly responsible for the Bureau's ultimate findings."
"We can't speculate", said McCotter campaign spokesman Randall Thompson, noting staffers handle petition collection in their off-duty hours. "It would be unfair to penalized people when we don't know what happened."Three days later, Congressman McCotter accepted a partial reality that his petition signatures submitted to the Michigan Bureau of Elections, were not valid, in the least.
From the Detroit Free Press June 2nd:
“One can’t clean up a mess multitasking,” he said. “Honoring my promise to the sovereign people of our community only allows me to finish the official duties of my present Congressional term; and aid the State Attorney General criminal investigation that I requested into identifying the person or persons who concocted the fraudulent petitions that have cost me so dearly.”
He added that his decision was final “regardless of how swiftly the investigation is concluded.”McCotter's downfall tops a month of strange occurrences in Michigan Republican primary election campaigns, along with possible election fraud travelling all the way up to State Speaker of the House Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) doorstep.
From M-Live on May 30th:
"Claims of misused state resources and staff time involving Rep. Roy Schmidt’s Republican party switch reek of desperation by Democrats, said Ari Adler, a spokesman for House Speaker Jase Bolger.
Bolger, his chief of staff Suzanne Miller Allen and Schmidt were the targets of campaign finance violation complaints filed Wednesday by Mark Brewer, the state Democratic Party chairman.
Brewer accuses the trio of running afoul of state laws that bar public resources of any sort being used for campaign purposes. He alleges the group used state offices, phones and emails to plan and execute Schmidt’s May 15 filing deadline (Democratic) party switch."Quietly working in the background has been Secretary of State Ruth Johnson (R). She has waged a one-woman campaign across Michigan since October 2011, crying state election law must be changed, to stop possible voter fraud by her "Secure and Fair Voter Initiative".
From the Secretary of State Website October 12, 2011:
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today announced a comprehensive plan to help ensure integrity in Michigan's elections through stronger campaign finance laws, new policies and the expanded use of technology. The package is known as the Secure and Fair Elections, or SAFE Initiative.
"There is nothing more important to America, to our values and democracy, than clean and fair elections," Johnson said at a press conference held at the Secretary of State headquarters in Lansing.
"Michigan has a strong elections system with dedicated, committed clerks and election workers," added Johnson, who serves as Michigan's chief elections official. "But there is always room for improvement. Our plan provides new tools to make our elections even more fair by closing loopholes and requiring more transparency and accountability."Three bills SB 751, 754 & 803 now sit in Michigan's Republican Controlled Legislator, after a series of pushes to make the "Secure and Fair Voter Initiative" law by SOS Johnson. These measures will make it downright difficult for residents to vote during August 7th Primary and November 6th General Elections.
From the Downriver News-Herald-March 6, 2012:
"A number of organizations are saying a series of bills designed to close loopholes and prevent voter fraud will interfere with the right to vote.
State Senate Bills 751 and 754 call for new photo identification requirements for voter registration and absentee voting. SB 754 also regulates groups that register people to vote.
SB 751 requires voters to show photo identification to obtain an absentee ballot. Currently, a range of documents are accepted as proof of identify and residency, such as a Social Security card, paystubs, utility bills and bank statements.
The laws are part of a package of bills called Secure and Fair Elections initiative designed to strengthen campaign finance laws, create new policies and the expand the use of technology."In fact, Michigan Senate GOP super-majority desired to use the "Immediate Effect" making measures law, starting June 1st. Yes, you read the Friday, June 1st date correctly, and yes again....today is Saturday, June 2, 2012.
From Opposing Testimony Transcript before the (Michigan) House Committee on Redistricting and Elections-May 22nd:
The undersigned object to the proposed timing of these bills. As passed by the Senate, the effective date of these bills are June 1, 2012. For SB 754, the timing is especially problematic for organizations reporting voter resignations drives....
Drives are already underway will have to determine whether they may continue to operate safely in the window between the effective date of the bill and the Secretary of State's rolling out of the required training and forms. The bill provides no safe harbor period for such organizations to become compliant, that is, to obtain the training and otherwise meet the regulatory requirements.Instead of fixing Republican party messes like Rep. McCotter's and Rep. Schimdt's former campaigns, Michigan GOP Controlled Legislator along with SOS Ruth Johnson, prefer to make charges of mystical fraud exist among residents who vote at their neighborhood polling places.
Either way Congressman McCotter soon will have plenty of time to play his guitar.
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