Michigan Democrats are Tainted by Corruption by Darren Littell
From money laundering schemes to public corruption scandals, Michigan’s Lost Decade reads like something straight out of Hollywood.
Just as we thought we had turned the page and moved forward past that difficult period, ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is back in the news. Kwame Kilpatrick is the poster child for the corruption that helped create the Lost Decade, but he wasn’t the only dirty politician caught red-handed.
Kilpatrick’s former chief of staff was found guilty of accepting a bribe and was sentenced to more than a year in federal prison. He was released in 2011, and promptly found work – back in politics – with a guy named Gary Peters.
Yep, Gary Peters, Michigan’s Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, decided that Kwame Kilpatrick’s former chief of staff was the right man for a taxpayer-funded position in his congressional office after serving one year in federal prison for accepting bribes.
In 2009, state officials levied a fine of more than $200,000 against Mark Schauer for breaking the law. It was the result of a scheme Schauer cooked up in 2006 to skirt Michigan’s campaign finance laws by laundering money through a PAC he established. This year, his campaign has already admitted to breaking campaign laws once, and is under investigation for two more violations.
Mark Schauer, you will recall, is the Democratic candidate for Governor — no, seriously, he’s Michigan’s Democrat candidate for governor.
Godfrey Dillard raised a lot of eyebrows across Michigan when he said that as Secretary of State he “would be able to change and influence elections in the state.”
The job of the Secretary of State is to enforce our laws and ensure a fair and transparent election process. Dillard’s comments make it clear that he’s not interested in enforcing our laws, but rather to “change and influence” them as he sees fit.
This is a troubling pattern that gets worse when you consider these are the people running for office right now. The culture of corruption continues with ex-Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway, Wayne County Executive Bob Ficano, State Rep. Brian Banks and others.
Schauer needs to answer questions on his various crimes, something he still has not done. Peters needs to answer why he essentially gave Kwame Kilpatrick’s partner in crime a job at taxpayer expense. These are the questions that demand answers. We need to hold them accountable now, or it will be deja vu all over again.