Attorney General Schuette to File Criminal Charges in McCotter Case

Charges stem from investigation into 'unprecedented level' of fraud surrounding Thaddeus McCotter's failure to qualify for the ballot to retain Congressional seat.

Criminal charges will be filed in the case surrounding former U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's (R-Livonia) failure to qualify for the ballot to keep his seat in Michigan's 11th Congressional District, MLive is reporting.

Attorney General Bill Schuette will announce the charges at an 11 a.m. news conference Thursday, MLive reported. Schuette's spokeswoman Joy Yearout said more than one person will be charged, the report said.

McCotter out of 1,800 submitted, which led McCotter to launch a short-lived write-in campaign. McCotter June 2. 

According to MLive, Michigan's Bureau of Elections Director Chris Thomas has said his staff discovered an "unprecedented level" of fraud, including photocopied petition pages possibly reused from an earlier campaign.

McCotter July 6, citing a "nightmarish month and a half."

The sudden resignation prompted a  on Sept. 5 for a race to temporarily fill McCotter's seat through the end of his term in addition to the general race to fill the seat for a full term. 

On Tuesday, (R-Milford) and (D-Canton) won primaries for the Nov. 6 election to serve a full term in the 11th Congressional District. 

Both the race to temporarily fill McCotter's seat and the general race for the 11th District seat will appear on ballots Nov. 6.

Sandra Daniels August 09, 2012 at 08:33 PM
I believe the people that said they would help/volunteer he gave his TRUST to them. I know my friend, Marilynn was asked to sign a petition and then a fella asked her also. Marilynn said she already signed a petition, but I ask you "how many people did express the same?" Why could he not just stay as a Representative without even having a 'write-in'? Many people are 'hurt' that McCotter did not ask for a 'write in' and many of us would have voted for him. RE: a lawsuit I think the bad guys will be the volunteers that were in charge of the petitions.
Jen August 09, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Last I heard, Michigan has financial troubles. We already have to hold an expensive (not to mention stressful election-for those who work it) just to replace his seat for a few months. Why in God's name are we going to pursue a legal suit? Does someone think Michigan tax hasn't paid enough to this situation? Sure, we can try to get that kind of money from the people being prosecuted but if they don't have it, like a lot of us don't have it.... then we are still spending money we don't have. What if we have to put them in jail? Then we have to pay to house and feed them! Stop the insanity and let it die, we don't have the money to toss around on another political lawsuit. Kwame is already sucking the life out of Detroit.....
Herb Helzer August 17, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Now that there's evidence McCotter also fudged his 2010 nominating petitions, and possibly even the ones for 2008 and 2006 -- in which none of the four people AG Schuette indicted were involved -- perhaps he really did have a problem "doing it legally." If true, and if Schuette doesn't indict McCotter himself, I think Thad's last three opponents -- Natalie Mosher, Joe Larkin and Tony Trupiano -- should consider civil action. Let's see Thaddeus finally USE that law degree he's never had a need for.
Herb Helzer August 17, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Don't forget "Turncoat Roy" Schmidt and House Speaker Jase Bolger's conspiracy to allow Rep. Schmidt to switch parties at the very last minute and run unopposed in the 76th District as a Republcan. But by all means, let's enforce draconian voter ID laws to make the process of voting more onerous and burdensome. Vetoing those bills was the single best act of Gov. Rick Snyder's tenure -- and ignoring those vetoes was the most shameful and partisan thing Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has done to date.
Herb Helzer August 17, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Once we start ignoring felonies -- and blatantly subverting the political process by faking thousands of signatures IS a felony -- because of the COST, that's when you should start worrying.


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