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Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Michigan’s Speaker of the House, Jase Bolger, and State Representative Roy Schmidt attempted to rig an election.  They conspired to recruit a young man to run for state representative in the 76th district while letting him know he was not expected to campaign, thus throwing the election to Mr. Schmidt.  They left a trail of text messages, which have now come to light, in which they clearly laid out this plan.  Then they publicly lied about it.

The Speaker of the House is the leader of the Republican Party, and he has now proven he has no respect for the electoral process and will lie when necessary.  How in the world can such a person lead our state?  The answer is that he has broken the trust of Michigan’s citizens and cannot lead our state.

The saddest part of all of this is that the Republican Party has refused to hold these two men accountable.  Both of them are clearly wrong and completely lacking in ethics and have even embarrassed their own party members.  But the Republican Party wants to brush this under the carpet and pretend all is well.  They were caught red-handed working to rig an election, then publicly lied about it. If they walk away from this unscathed, the behavior will continue and spread to others.  They must go if we are to expect ethics from our leaders.

I am sorry to report that even our very own representative in the 91st District, Holly Hughes, is trying to sweep this under the rug as well.  She has thus far refused to call for the resignation of Speaker Jase Bolger or Representative Roy Schmidt. Now it is time for us to step in and insist that she call for their resignation.

Please contact her by phone and email.  If you have called/emailed already, please do it again.  Let your friends know what is going on and ask them to contact her as well.  If you live in a different district, please contact your own representative.  Let that person know this behavior is not acceptable.

Holly Hughes’ information:  Toll Free Phone: (877) 633-0331


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Even though we are in the middle of the dog days of summer, when sitting on the beach or reading a good book seems like the only option, the fight has not slowed down.  As a matter of fact, those who are attempting to undo our democracy will be quick to move in the moment we relax.  

So please take just a moment and contact (or recontact) Representative Holly Hughes.