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Old 05-22-2012, 09:13 AM  
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Michigan “Dem” pulls ultimate dick move, jumps to GOP too late for another Dem to run

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It’s not often you see an elected official act like this much of an asshole and to do it such a dickish and public way.

Ten minutes before the filing deadline to run for the Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday, Rep. Roy Schmidt, a “Democrat” from the 76th District in Grand Rapids, switched parties and decided to run as a Republican. This gave the Democratic party no candidate in a very tough district for Democrats after last year’s redistricting.

It was a cowardly act and seems nearly inexplicable given Schmidt’s own bad-mouthing of Michigan Republicans. It’s particularly dickish given that he had Democrats out knocking doors for him during the previous week.

Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer didn’t mince words:

It saddens me that in a desperate, cowardly, opportunistic move at the 11th hour, Roy Schmidt abandoned his constituents and the values by which he was elected for the sole purpose of clinging to office and the perks of the job. . Rather than face a tougher district, Schmidt cut a deal with the Republicans so that no one would run against him in an attempt to ensure his reelection.

He has been deceiving voters for months as this was obviously something he had been planning for some time. He chose this sneaky approach in an attempt to guarantee his reelection. We demand he immediately return any money raised from Democrats in the past year. We wish Schmidt well in the anti-women, anti-senior, anti-children Republican Party. He should be ashamed of this desperate, craven deed. Only someone who does not possess the conviction or confidence to face the voters would pull a stunt like this. He’ll fit in perfectly with the Republicans.

House Democratic Leader Richard Hammel was similarly derisive:

[Roy Schmidt] has betrayed the citizens of Grand Rapids and the issues he claims to be fighting for. He has joined a party that passed the pension tax, cut funding for public safety and cut a billon dollars from education. It is clearly more important for him to hang on to office by any means necessary instead of being true to the principles he claims to uphold.
There is actually more to this story. It turns out that an unknown named Matt Mojzak filed to run as a Democrat in the 76th District just eight minutes before Schmidt pulled his dick move. Who is Mojzak? A friend of Schmidt’s nephew.

Today, however, Mojzak withdrew as a candidate, confirming that this was nothing more than a scam being pulled by Michigan Republicans.

Given this clearly orchestrated fraud, the MDP is now pressing for an investigation.

While Roy Schmidt’s fake Democrat Matt Mojzak has withdrawn from the race, serious legal questions remain. Today, Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer sent letters to Attorney General Bill Schuette and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson calling for an immediate and thorough investigation of perjury and election fraud.

Mojzak’s withdrawal just proves that he was a fake Democrat and it’s obvious the cover-up of Roy Schmidt’s fake Democratic candidate has begun,” said Brewer. “It’s ironic that this cover-up is taking place on the anniversary of the beginning of the Watergate hearings. The voters deserve to know who exactly was involved in this plot, when it began, and why felonies were committed. These illegal conspirators must be brought to justice swiftly.”

Mojzak’s affidavit of three lies demonstrates that he was a Republican plant with the sole intention of clearing an easy path to reelection for Schmidt. The three lies in the affidavit include:

•Mojzak claiming he’s a Democrat.
•Mojzak claiming he’s registered to vote in the 76th district while his home and registration are in the 88th district.
•Mojzak claiming he’s been a resident of Kent County for 22 years when he’s been living in Ottawa County.
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Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer is calling for an immediate investigation into election fraud perpetrated by House Speaker Jase Bolger, Representative Pete Lund, and Representative Roy Schmidt. Yesterday, Schmidt changed his party affiliation to Republican and helped place his nephew’s friend, Matthew Mojzak, on the ballot as a fake Democrat. The only problem is, Mojzak doesn’t live in the district – a requirement to run for the seat.

Mojzak was registered to vote in Ottawa County and did not change his registration until late on Tuesday… In his attached candidate affidavit, Mr. Mojzak stated under penalty of perjury that he has been a resident of Kent County for 22 years – an obvious lie. He’s using his grandmother’s address in the 76th district in an attempt to qualify as a candidate there.

“It’s clear this was a plot weeks in the making,” Brewer said. “But Republicans made one critical mistake – Mr. Mojzak lied on his candidate affidavit because he has not been living in Kent County – that’s election fraud.” [...]

“This is just another example of Republican hypocrisy,” Brewer continued. “They claim to be the party of transparency and values, yet they pull these sneaky, illegal tactics in order to hold onto their power in Lansing. Rather than face voters in November, they concocted this deceitful, fraudulent plan. Bolger, Lund, Schmidt, and Mojzak should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

I am told by the MDP that they will continue pressing this issue until an investigation is started.

These Republican assholes control everything in Michigan government right now. The Governor’s office. The Lt. Governor’s office. The Attorney General’s office. The Secretary of State’s office. The House. The Senate. The Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court.

Everything.

And yet they are still using unethical and very likely illegal scams like this one to increase their power. It must be rough on the conscience to be a Republican these days. Having to look at yourself in the mirror everyday knowing that you’re part of an organized effort to screw over the 99-percent for the benefit of the very wealthy on a daily basis must rub your soul into an inflamed, bloody mess.

This is a house of cards built upon greed and corruption. In November, we must bring it down
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:26 AM   #2
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If you change stances, and get elected, is it abandoning your constituents? Or giving the people what they want?
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:31 AM   #3
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:32 AM   #4
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:25 AM   #5
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That's a guy who can't be trusted by either side, IMO.
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:27 AM   #6
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Surely that's illegal, or at least voidable.
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:16 AM   #7
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So this guy has been a Democratic representative since 2008. One would assume that the Republican’s already had some people running against him. Has he made any statement about why he did what he did? Theoretically, should not his voting record over the last 4 years be a better measuring stick as to if people should or should not vote for him than if he has a D or R next to his name? Without knowing the district, I would think it is equally likely that this person being seen as a turncoat by the Left may actually be trying to sneak in a Liberal in Republican clothing. Just a thought, I know nothing about the guy.
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:52 AM   #8
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If the guy has a fairly conservative voting record, then its the Dem's fault for not having someone to compete with him......

If he has a liberal voting record, then this would seem pretty fishy.......although you do have to applaud people who figure out ways to game the system, if they do it within the rules...they just expose flaws in the system that need changed.
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:55 AM   #9
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:02 PM   #10
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These Republican assholes control everything in Michigan government right now. The Governor’s office. The Lt. Governor’s office. The Attorney General’s office. The Secretary of State’s office. The House. The Senate. The Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court.

Everything.

And yet they are still using unethical and very likely illegal scams like this one to increase their power. It must be rough on the conscience to be a Republican these days. Having to look at yourself in the mirror everyday knowing that you’re part of an organized effort to screw over the 99-percent for the benefit of the very wealthy on a daily basis must rub your soul into an inflamed, bloody mess.

This is a house of cards built upon greed and corruption. In November, we must bring it down
I think your anger is misplaced. You blame the entire Republican party when it was actually a Democrat who stabbed all of the real Democrats in the back, and your solution is to vote out all Republicans in November.

Whatever happened to holding individuals accountable for their own actions? The Democratic party in Michigan needs to figure out what their legal options are, and then they need to go after the douchebag who betrayed them with their guns blazing. Blaming the Republicans for this is like calling the British a bunch of traitors because of what Benedict Arnold did.
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:13 PM   #11
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If the guy has a fairly conservative voting record, then its the Dem's fault for not having someone to compete with him......

If he has a liberal voting record, then this would seem pretty fishy.......although you do have to applaud people who figure out ways to game the system, if they do it within the rules...they just expose flaws in the system that need changed.

Not sure how you could fix the flaw of a filing deadline to run for office. It's a complete dick move, and I agree with Pat that this guy can't be trusted, but I'm not sure there's a remedy for it.

Would serve him right if he isn't re-elected because all his constituents think "what a complete a-hold", but I'm not sure how you get a viable candidate up against him.
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:02 PM   #12
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Not sure how you could fix the flaw of a filing deadline to run for office. It's a complete dick move, and I agree with Pat that this guy can't be trusted, but I'm not sure there's a remedy for it.

Would serve him right if he isn't re-elected because all his constituents think "what a complete a-hold", but I'm not sure how you get a viable candidate up against him.

It would be a pain but most places still allow write in votes. It won’t sit well with a bunch of posters here but is this really any worse than all Republicans that went and voted for Hillary in the Primaries 4 years ago and the Democrats that did the same voting for Santorum a couple months ago?
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:40 PM   #15
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Not sure how you could fix the flaw of a filing deadline to run for office. It's a complete dick move, and I agree with Pat that this guy can't be trusted, but I'm not sure there's a remedy for it.
You could have a deadline to change party affiliations prior to the election, and prior to the deadline to run.....

Yes they could change affiliations while in office (like they can now) but it would stop this particular case where he switched sides and made a deal with the repubs in order to prevent any opposition.
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