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Op/Ed: How to Attempt To Fix A Election And Face No Charges: MI House Speaker Jase Bolger and Roy Schimdt

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A IU News & Talk Op/Ed

As politico writers in Michigan we had a sneaking suspicion when judicial decisions are horribly delayed the end result is likely to be a person(s) will be freed of a possible crime.

In this case, we are reflecting on the continuing saga of Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) and former State Representative Roy Schmidt (R). The public has waited for over a year for Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie 
Aquilina to make an decision in the case.

The case: Speaker Bolger worked with Former State Rep. Roy Schmidt to conspire to pay then 21-year-old friend of Schmidt's son Matt Mojak upwards of $1200 to run as a fake Democrat in Schmidt's former district. Schmidt switched political party affiliation from Democrat to Republican days before the May 15, 2012 partisan race candidate filing deadline,.

Despite the facts, including text messages and recorded phone calls made in the Capitol discussing the scheme while being paid to conduct The People of Michigan business; Schmidt and Speaker Bolger never will face any criminal charges for attempts to fix an election. 

Irregardless to this video evidence below, from Gongwer News Service with former House Representative Roy Schmidt (R) taking 21- year old Matt Mojak to a Grand Rapids County Clerk's Office, filing Mojak's paperwork to run as a fake Democrat.

8:30-8:32 a.m.

Speaker Bolger: “Any luck finding ur Dem in ur district? That’s the last piece we need.”

Rep. Schmidt: “I believe we do. Wii know this afternoon.”

8:50-9:07 a.m.

Speaker Bolger: “Can they get the paperwork to u and u get to me so we can get it in our hands, show the GOP we’re all set … then we’ll file tomorrow.”

Rep. Schmidt: “For the Dem candidate. Yes!”

Speaker Bolger: “Exactly, for the Dem candidate … we already have the paperwork for our R candidate!”

Rep. Schmidt: “I know. I am so nervous at this point- just want it to go perfect!”

Speaker Bolger: “Me too. I don’t like leaving anything to chance, thus my anxiousness to get this last piece wrapped up. All will then b perfect!”

9:31 a.m.

Rep. Schmidt: “We have our man.”

9:59 a.m.

Speaker Bolger: “Name?”

10:01 a.m.

Phone call from Speaker Bolger to Representative Schmidt [4.9 minutes]

10:14-10:18 a.m.

Rep. Schmidt: “Matthew Mojak. He will be at the sec. Of state with a new address this afternoon.”

Speaker Bolger: “Have this completed, double checked, and notarized. Bring tomorrow and we’ll b all set. This will block any games anyone could try to play and u will b..clear:”

Rep. Schmidt: “OK”

Yes, in spite all of the evidence, Ingham County Judge Aquilina on Friday, August 9, 2013 ruled in one-person led grand-jury investigation indictments against either Schmidt or Bolger were "not warranted".
"An Ingham County judge has wrapped up a grand jury investigation into an election scandal without bringing charges against House Speaker Jase Bolger or Grand Rapids State Rep. Roy Schmidt. 
“An indictment is not warranted,” due to a lack of evidence of a crime or wrongdoing, Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said in an order today. 
Her investigation followed a request from Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer and former Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer. 
Earlier, the Kent County prosecutor investigated the case and blasted both Bolger and Schmidt for their conduct but said no charges were warranted. 
Bolger and Schmidt helped recruit a fake Democratic candidate to enter the Grand Rapids race after Schmidt switched his allegiance from the Democratic Party to the Republican party just before the filing deadline. By recruiting an acquaintance of Schmidt’s son, the idea was to make it more difficult for the Democrats to field a successful write-in candidate. 
But the 2012 scheme was exposed and it backfired. Schmidt was defeated and the seat is now held by Democrat Winnie Brinks."
So yes Virginia, or in this case Michigan: Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger and former State Representative Roy Schmidt can collude to fix an election and get away with it.

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