Friday, March 25, 2011

Michigan Dems charged in fake tea party scandal

(Editor's Note: Don't you just get tired of this kind of crap? Why can't the both political parties field candidates who stand up for what they truly believe in and let the voters decide if they're in sync with their needs and beliefs, rather than resort to this kind of unethical behavior?)

From Yahoo News
Two Michigan Democrats were arraigned Wednesday on election corruption charges for allegedly propping up of fake tea party candidates in 2010, the Detroit News reports.

Former county Democratic Party Chairman Michael McGuinness and ex-operations director Jason Bauer have been charged with forgery, putting people up for office without their knowledge and other charges. The two party leaders allegedly conspired to field phony tea party candidates in an apparent bid to siphon off GOP votes and boost Democrats in two Michigan County Commission races and a state Senate race last year, according to the newspaper. Several of the charges are felonies, some of which carry penalties of up to 14 years in prison.

McGuinnes and Bauer resigned their positions in August. News reports indicate they have not commented on this week's charges.

Last year, as tea party power grew across the country, tea partiers began accusing Democrats and others of using their party label to run fake candidates and skew elections. A lawsuit was filed in Florida last year where Democrats, including then-Rep. Alan Grayson, were accused of creating a Florida Tea Party.

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