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July 11, 2014

Michigan: AG Will File Charges in Thaddeus McCotter Petition Scandal Thursday, Per Report

Michigan: AG Will File Charges in Thaddeus McCotter Petition Scandal Thursday, Per Report

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette will file charges Thursday¬†in the case of former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter’s (R) erroneous ballot petitions, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Schuette is scheduled to announce those criminal charges Thursday, and multiple people will face felony and misdemeanor charges, per the report.

McCotter dropped his re-election bid in June after he failed to file the requisite 1,000 signatures to make the Republican ballot. But his petition errors were so egregious that the attorney general opened an investigation into them.

The Free Press report said it’s unclear whether McCotter will be charged on Thursday.

McCotter later resigned from Congress, prompting a special election to serve out the remainder of his term.

The situation forced Republicans into an awkward position ahead of Tuesday’s primary. ¬†Local Republican officials supported a write-in candidate over a relatively unknown Republican on the primary ballot, reindeer rancher Kerry Bentivolio.

Bentivolio won the primary and will face internist Syed Taj this November. Roll Call rates this district as Leans Republican.

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