Real Republicans Are Appalled

The Republican party has been taken over by right-wing, bought and paid for, nihilists who are traitors to the principles of the United States. They have turned it into the Rethuglican party.

Real Republicans are disgusted. One doesn’t have to agree with their economics, but Barry Goldwater, Mark Hatfield and their colleague Republicans were honorable mean who were willing to find compromise with others in order to provide for the country and for its people. The Rethuglicans are not.

A few real Republicans are beginning to stand up against them. Of course they do so at their peril because the Koch brothers and other wealthy elites will now target them with millions of dollars of negative advertising. But let the rebellion arise.

This article is from Daily Kos.

WED JUL 18, 2012 AT 10:25 AM PDT

Jaw-dropping election fraud by Michigan GOP House Speaker Jase Bolger


A press release from Kent County Prosecuting Attorney William Forsyth (pdf) has revealed a jaw-dropping level of corruption and fraud on the part of Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger and Democrat-turned-Republican Representative Roy Schmidt. You can read the back story on Schmidt’s last minute dick move switch from Democrat to Republican that effectively ruined any chance of Democrats having a viable candidate HERE and HERE.


Forsyth’s investigation reveals that Schmidt and Bolger conspired to hire the weightlifting buddy of Schmidt’s nephew, Matthew Mojak, to run as a Democrat but not actually campaign. This would have forced Democrats to run a REAL Democrat in the primary as a write-in candidate, virtually assuring they would lose and that Schmidt would essentially have no opponent in the November general election.

The level of corruption and fraud perpetrated by Representative Schmidt and House Speaker Bolger is beyond anything witnessed in this state in recent memory.

Prosecutor Forsyth, himself a Republican, is clear repulsed by what he uncovered, a position made more galling by the fact that none of it was actually, in a technical sense, illegal. He wrote in his conclusion, “Although this scheme by Rep. Schmidt and Speaker Bolger was clearly designed to undermine the election and to perpetrate a “fraud” on the electorate, it was nonetheless legal … Incredibly, while it would be illegal to pay a boxer to take a “dive” or a basketball player to “point-shave’, it is not currently a crime in Michigan to recruit someone to run for public office, place them on the ballot at the “eleventh hour” and essentially pay them to make no effort to win … As a Republican elected official, I am embarrassed and offeded by what transpired.

Forsyth went further when talking to MIRS news service, saying, “I’m offended by what they tried to do here. They tried to undermine the very fabric of our country, which is a free election.”

Before the entire thing played out, Mojak, an innocent victim in all of this, along with Schmidt’s son Ryan were both offered $1,000 bribes for their involvement, money that was never paid.

The following text communications are outlined in Prosecutor Forsyth’s press release. They took place on May 14th and 15th, and prove without any shadow of a doubt that the Michigan Speaker of the House Jase Bolger was complicit in the entire scheme to defraud Michigan voters.

8:30-8:32 a.m.
Speaker [Bolger]: “Any luck finding ur Dem in ur distict? That’s the last piece we need.”Schmidt: “I believe we do. Wii know this afternoon.”

8:50-9:07 a.m.
Speaker: “Can they get the paperwork to u and u get to me so we can get it in our hands, show the GOP we’re all set…then we’ll file tomorrow.”

Schmidt: “For the Dem candidate. Yes!”

Speaker: “Exactly, for the Dem candidate…we already have the paperwork for our R candidate!”

Schmidt: “I know. I am so nervous at this point- just want it to go perfect!”

Speaker: “Me too. I don’t like leaving anything to chance, thus my anxiousness to get this last piece wrapped up. All will then b perfect!”

9:31 a.m.
Schmidt: “We have our man.”

9:59 a.m.
Speaker: “Name?”

10:01 a.m.
Phone call from Speaker to Representative Schmidt [4.9 minutes]

10:14 a.m.-10:18 a.m.
Schmidt: “Matthew MojaknHe will be at the sec. Of state with a new address this afternoon.”

Speaker: “Have this completed, double checked, and notarized. Bring tomorrow and we’ll b all set. This will block any games anyone could try to play and u will b. clear:…
[reference to Affidavit of Identity]

Schmidt: “OK”

Speaker: Is Matthew the same as u had before? He has to b able to say he’s been living at the address for 30 days before the filing deadline.”

Schmidt: “No- this new one- and he has!” [Rep. Schmidt’s response to the question suggests that Mr. Mojak was not the only person he had attempted to recruit.]

Speaker: “Y does he need to change his address?”

10:26 a.m.
Speaker: “Pls send me the new address ASAP.”

Schmidt: “Ok”

11:02 a.m.-11:10 a.m.
Schmidt: “nJase he has not movednYet. Roynn FWD: My old address is 1352 Logan street SE. Grand Rapids, MI 49506nNew address is 2758 woodpath. Grand rapids, mi 49504.” [Rep. Schmidt forwarded to Speaker Bolger a text message sent from Mr. Mojak to Ryan Schmidt at 10:44 a.m. in which Mr. Mojak has list his old and new address]

Speaker: “Which address has been living in for the last 30 days?”

Schmidt: “Logan street”

Speaker: “Sorry, I’m not familiar enough with the district. Does this mean he is ur guy, or not?”

Schmidt: “I am going to check his address in 20 minutes to make sure he is in my district- I will text you soon.”

12:22 p.m.
Schmidt: “Not good news dang it. 1351 Logan SE is just outside the district. Keep looking correct?”

1:08 p.m.
Speaker: “Yes, please.”

Speaker: “Bcz he hasn’t been living on Woodpath, right?”

1:31-1:33 p.m.
Speaker: “Can u talk?”

Schmidt: “Yes I will call from home…”

1:34 p.m.
Phone call from Representative Schmidt to Speaker [1 minute 42 seconds]

Following the aforementioned exchanges, additional messages indicate that Representative Schmidt drove to Marshall and met with Speaker Bolger on the evening of May 14th.

The next day, May 15th, additional text messages and phone calls were exchanged:

6:34-6:36 a.m.
Speaker: “Glad u made it home safe. Have a great morning. Plz text me when u have Matthew’s paperwork complete…..From our atty: there is no requirement for a phone # or email on an affidavit of identity. So, leave those two blank on Matthew’s form.”

Schmidt: “Me also-slept great and ready to go!nYes I will call as soon as his form is notorized!”

9:14 a.m.
Representative Schmidt sent the following text message to [Bolger’s Deputy Chief of Staff] Phil Browne. “Phil it’s Roy- please call me”. at 9:17 a.m., Phil Browne called Representative Schmidt [the call lasted 98 seconds].

10:09 a.m.
Schmidt: “Done! Cand. Is signed-notorized-I will call Phil on the way end”

10:15 a.m.
Speaker: “Fantastic! Drive carefully.”

11:26 a.m.
Phone call from Phil Browne to Representative Schmidt [87 seconds]

2:12 p.m
Speaker: “How u doing?”

2:27-2:33 p.m.
Speaker: “Phil is in the right building. All systems go!”

Schmidt: “Super!”

3:59 p.m. [ 1 minute before filing deadline]
Phil Browne called Roy Schmidt [39 seconds]

This sordid tale of corruption and election fraud is resonating throughout the state. Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer issued a statement calling for the resignation of Speaker Bolger.

It’s clear from today’s report by Prosecuting Attorney Forsyth that Speaker Bolger has been lying to the public and to the press since this scandal began. Based on the text messages and phone calls that Forsyth uncovered, Bolger and his top staff, including Chief of Staff Suzanne Miller Allen, Deputy Chief of Staff Phil Browne, spokesperson Ari Adler and their legal counsel were all involved in this scheme right from the beginning, despite their contemptuous protests to the contrary.“Forsyth’s condemnation of Bolger and Schmidt — saying he was ‘embarrassed and offended’ as a fellow Republican — shows just how despicable their actions were. Given the fact that the people of Michigan can no longer rely on anything that comes out of his mouth, Speaker Bolger should step down immediately from leadership in the House.

Bolger laughed off this request saying, “I don’t take direction from union bosses and I certainly don’t take advice from Mark Brewer”.Others are also calling for Bolger to step down, including some Republicans like Party operativeDennis Lennox who sent out this tweet yesterday:


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