Friday, July 20, 2012

State House candidate Scott Dianda calls for House Speaker’s resignation

CALUMET -- State House candidate Scott Dianda today demanded the resignation of House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) and state Rep. Roy Schmidt (R-Grand Rapids) for their role in election fraud and called on state Rep. Matt Huuki (R-Atlantic Mine) to join him.

"Lawmakers should be focused on job creation and turning Michigan’s economy around, but Lansing politicians are distracted by rigging the election odds in their favor," said Dianda, who is running against Huuki for the state House. "Speaker Bolger and Rep. Schmidt were reckless in conspiring to commit election fraud and Matt Huuki should stand up for the voters and demand their immediate resignations."

On Tuesday, multiple media outlets reported that Bolger collaborated with Schmidt, a former Democrat, to change Schmidt’s party registration just minutes before the filing deadline. Schmidt also bribed his nephew’s friend to run as a factious Democrat making Schmidt’s chances at reelection much stronger.

Republican Kent County Prosecutor Bill Forsyth issued a report Tuesday confirming that Bolger and Schmidt traded numerous text messages and phone calls about their plot.

Dianda said in addition to Bolger’s resignation, the House should immediately launch an independent investigation and pass legislation to stop this type of election fraud from reoccurring.

"Voters in the Upper Peninsula deserve a government that works for them, not for the politicians," Dianda said. "I’m asking Matt Huuki to do what’s right and stand up to this type of corruption. We have to stop undermining the people of this state."

Dianda said that he would stand up to corruption in Lansing, regardless of party lines and focus on issues that concern voters across the Upper Peninsula such as the economy, education, and senior pensions.

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