Remember the story about Thad McCotter, Michigan’s delightfully loony congressman who didn’t qualify for the ballot for his own reelection because his campaign turned in fraudulent petitions? Four of his staffers have now been criminally charged for forgery and election fraud.
Four staffers in U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter’s office will face charges in the petition signature scandal that led to the abrupt end of his decade in Congress.
Most of the charges were filed against McCotter’s Deputy District Director Don Yowchaung and District Director Paul Seewald. Yowchaung faces 17 charges — 11 felonies and six misdemeanors — and Seewald 10 — one felony and nine misdemeanors.
The charges were announced Thursday by Attorney General Bill Schuette at state offices at Cadillac Place in Detroit.
The four staffers, including Mary Melissa Turnbull, a district representative (one felony and one misdemeanor), and Lorianne O’Brady, a former scheduler (five misdemeanors), were involved in a “blatant attempt to commit forgery and election fraud,” Schuette said.
McCotter is not charged with anything, and that is as it should be; he is, in fact, the primary victim here. This cost him his seat in Congress.