Four staffers of former U.S. Rep. Thad McCotter, R-Livonia were charged today in connection with the false nominating petitions that led to McCotter's departure from Congress.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette described the four as "not simply Keystone Kops running amok ... criminal acts were committed."
PDF: Read the investigator's report on McCotter staffers
He said the petition forgeries and cut-and-paste jobs on the petitions "would make an elementary art teacher cringe."
Schuette said the McCotter staffers also likely did the same thing in the 2008 elections, using 2006 petition signatures.
Schuette blasted McCotter for being "asleep at the switch," and providing no guidance to his staffers.
"They acted above the law as if it didn't apply to them," Schuette said.
But there is no specific evidence that McCotter was involved in the petition fraud, so the former congressman, who resigned in July, was not charged.
It forced the governor to call a special primary on Sept. 5 that is expected to cost $650,000 and two elections in November – one to fill out what by then will be no more than several weeks remaining in McCotter’s unfinished term.
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