In Michigan, It Is Totally Not Illegal To Pay Your Political ‘Opponents’ To Take A Dive

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eight men outBack in May, Michigan Speaker of the House Jase Bolger (he of your Wonkette’s Do Not Sex list) convinced state Rep. Roy Schmidt to switch parties and join the GOP. Then Bolger and Schmidt hatched a plan to ensure Schmidt wouldn’t have to face an actual opponent in his re-election bid. For democracy!

Schmidt waited until the filing deadline to switch parties and enter the race as a Republican. He also recruited a 22-year-old GNC clerk who didn’t actually live in Schmidt’s district to “run” against him as a Democrat and lose. And because Schmidt and Bolger are political geniuses, they had the same person file both candidates’ paperwork!

They also exchanged oddly flirty text messages about their scheme because why would a Michigan politician think that text messages would leave a “smoking gun” paper trail? It’s not as though there’s ever been a text message-related political scandal around these parts.

Speaker: “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.”

Schmidt: “For the Dem candidate. Yes!”

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

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

Speaker: “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!”

Holy hell, get a room you two.

Well, the Kent County Prosecutor investigated the thing and determined that Bolger and Schmidt were unethical douchebags engaged in what could be casually called “fraud,” but prosecutors also concluded what they did was totally not illegal in Michigan. If you want to run for office, you can hire some unemployed moon landing denier with a domestic violence conviction named Jerry Hussein Sandusky-Hitler to pretend to be your opponent. Michigan is completely cool with it.

Michigan: Where the trees are always the right height and strawman opponents on your payroll are people too. [WOOD-TV]

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88 comments

  1. BaldarTFlagass

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

    Speaker: “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!”

    They left out the last part:
    Schmidt: *texts picture of dick to Speaker.*

    1. actor212

      This really does sound like they ran off to Cabo after the erection…I mean, election…doesn't it?

      Cuz it's guy love, guy love, love between two guys.

  2. MissTaken

    Can they get the paperwork to u and u get to me so we can get it in our hands,

    Paperwork is my favorite YouPorn channel.

    1. JustPixelz

      Did you see the one where the CEO, President and sole shareholder was filling out the SEC paperwork and … oh … oh ….

  3. actor212

    Holy crap. I wish I had known this was happening in real time. I have a friend in Michigan who would have filed and probably won, on the basis of her boobs alone

  4. Goonemeritus

    “Why would a Michigan politician think that text messages would leave a “smoking gun” paper trail?”

    Damn you’re right I’m going to delete all those texts from Obama where he admits to being born in Kenya as soon as I get home.

    1. Tundra Grifter

      BTF: Somebody downloaded the picture, labeled it so they could find it again, and then posted it without remembering to change the alt-text to something funny.

      "The 1919 World Serious," wrote Ring Lardner. "Which the Cincinnati Redlegs won – much to their surprise."

    2. SpeedoFart

      Easy test: Does "Christ, what an asshole" work instead?

      *mumbles something about stupid phone not displaying the alt-text*

  5. weejee

    'Scusies, yer fly is open. Ah, and yer pants are on yer instep. And er, ah, your bloomers are around yer ankles. And that's the cutest little…

    Our political history is the richer because these guys are such slooooooooow learners.

  6. Callyson

    Schmidt said…"I think I made a poor political decision…I'm serving my constituents, and I'm going to work my butt off to make it up to them, to go door-to-door, to explain to them. And, you know, I really have had, I believe, a good record of serving people in Grand Rapids and I hope they can understand I made a poor political decision. I'm more than willing to admit it. I couldn't wait to admit it. And I want to move on."

    Baby, I'm sorry we quarreled…

  7. BaldarTFlagass

    "thus my anxiousness"

    Like most people, I like to make some abbreviations when I text, i.e. "ur" for "your" and "b4" for "before." In this case, I think I would have gone with "anxiety" rather than "anxiousness."

  8. FakaktaSouth

    Somewhere in South Carolina Jim DeMint guffaws at these amateurish tactics.

    Traitors. These people are traitors to the most fundamental tenants of our government, fIrst, don't be a cheating dick.

    1. prommie

      Well if someone was gonna make the connection before me it would be you, you beat me by minutes, this time. What was that poor dimwitted man's name that they had run for Senate? He was funny, but a little sad too.

      1. FakaktaSouth

        Poor old Alvin Greene, just a terrible footnote in a bullshit corrupt no count loser election – I do hope he at least got some cash on the side.

  9. Mittens Howell, III

    Karl Rove will pin a gold medal on those guys for services to political cuntery.

  10. gullywompr

    I bet Bolger bragged to all his buddies in the locker room about his "mutually beneficial arrangement" with Schmidt, and never called.

  11. Callyson

    Speaker of the House Jase Bolger (R-Marshall), who was complicit in the effort to recruit a challenger, said in a statement, "…Political fights can be ugly but we should all seek to focus on people, not politics."

    Yes, let's not dwell on that unpleasantness…let's instead focus on people…the very people who engaged in the ugly political fight…

    …I guess that makes sense in wingnut land…

    1. actor212

      Political fights can be ugly but we should all seek to focus on people, not politics.

      Translation: You weren't supposed to find out.

    2. sullivanst

      Yes let's dwell on people. Let's dwell on whether the candidate is the kind of person who would engage in rank fraud to deprive his constituency of the very core principal of this nation: democracy. Oh look, he is, because he did!

      PS, dude, when you're a fucking politician running for reelection, spending stacks of cash to fill the airwaves with politics, don't tell us to ignore politics, you total asshole.

  12. RedneckMuslin

    "Why would a Michigan politician think that text messages would leave a “smoking gun” paper trail?"

    Because, duh, it's magic not science that makes them things work!

  13. sullivanst

    So: paying someone not to vote for your opponent, totes illegal. Paying your opponent to make sure nobody votes for him? Completely fine.

    Michigan, please for the love of all that is good, stop being awful.

  14. JustPixelz

    The wingers imagine vast perfectly left-wing conspiracies unfolding over decades. Forged birf certs, with planted newspaper announcements; gun walking stings that will repeal the Second Amendment; Vince Foster murder cover-up, etc.

    But their own conspiracy between two people fell apart under the weight of its own idiocy. Either the left are diabolical geniuses at conspiring. Or conspiracies are hard to do. OK, third possibility: Among Repubicans, Dubya is the smart one.

        1. horsedreamer_1

          Space docking? With how crappy Michigan's economy is, there's plenty of material for it.

  15. MissTaken

    They didn't want the GNC clerk originally, but the Whole Foods guy was too expensive.

  16. va_real

    Prosecutor William Forsyth: "I know Rep. Schmidt went on TV and denied he knew Mojzak, and that's simply wasn't true."

    So perjury is totes okay in Michigan?

    1. LesBontemps

      It's only perjury if he had been sworn to tell the truth. Going on the teevee to tell lies is just bsiness as usual.

      1. va_real

        Yes, I realized that & then quickly deleted the comment. How did it come back from the Intense Debate graveyard???

  17. SayItWithWookies

    Still, when asked by 24 Hour News 8 political reporter Rick Albin whether he should remain in the House, Schmidt said yes.

    If there's one thing you can count on a Republican to do, it's refuse to resign in disgrace. Clearly perpetrating a fraud on the electorate is The LORD's way of saying Schmidt and Bolger were meant to be in office.

  18. Tundra Grifter

    After Sen. George Norris got a law passed in Nebrasak that political candidates would be on the ballot with party identification, his enemies found a couple of stoogies named George Norris to run against him.

    Those were the good old days!

  19. Blunderthing

    If the Republican does it, it's legal. Always. I'm stunned eveyone has forgotten that. Stunned. Oh, and if a Democrat does it, it's a felony. With a death penalty. Might want to make a note of that.

  20. owhatever

    But let's get stronger voter identification laws to prevent the political system from being corrupted. FREEDOMS!

  21. Terry

    I looked on Wikipedia to see where Kent County is located in Michigan (Grand Rapids, over almost to Lake Michigan). The three photos representing the county are the saddest goddamn things I've ever seen.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_County,_Michiga

    There are:

    - two modest office towers photographed through some leafless trees on a grey day.
    - the back of a lonely looking park bench, oriented toward a river and amid leafless trees, on a grey day
    - a dark photo of a barn and some farm land on a grey day.

    What a depressing place Kent County must be! They can't even come up with a single pretty or interesting photo.

    1. sullivanst

      "A farm in Alpine Township"… where apparently they're growing dirt and electricity pylons.

    2. Negropolis

      Grand Rapids is actually a fairly nice, dynamic, urban city. It's surrounded by a lot of bullshit, though, given that it's in Michigan's Bible Belt.

  22. Terry

    I did some googling and there are no pretty photos of Kent County. Ok, one photo of a lake was nice. Mostly, the term "Kent County" brings up mug shots in Google Images. I am not kidding.

  23. bobbert

    I'm trying to make myself laugh at this clusterfuck, but the problem is: the assholes got away with it, despite being total fuck-ups.

  24. ttommyunger

    I'm sure they both went home, sat on the pot and yelled out of a half-open bathroom door to their desperately unhappy spouses describing what a coup they accomplished that day.

  25. Negropolis

    You know, the only mistake the Oakland County Dems who did this made when tryig to recruit fake tea party candidates was forging signatures. The two former officials must feel stupid, now, knowing that all they had to do was find some homeless dude down on Woodward to sign to "run" for office.

    God, what has happened to this place? The only good thing about this is that that district will be represented by a REAL Democrat come January when write-in Dem Winnie Brinks (who is kicking Schmidt's ass in the polls) is sworn in. Good riddance to nasty, bad-smelling Schmidt.

  26. Negropolis

    BTW, the house speaker's real name is James, which he pared down to Jason, which he then shortened to "Jase" like some douchebag fratboy. Yes, his name reflects exactly who he is. This is what you get with legislative term limits. The lobbyists buy the youngest, stupidest one of the bunch for their work. In the old legislature, "Jase" wouldn't have even been a back-bencher, but here he is Speaker of the Motherfuckin' Michigan House of Representatives.

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