Bad news for the Michigan GOP. Unless something major changes, two of their top recruits in the gubernatorial race will not be on the November ballot, all because they did the thing they’re constantly accusing Democrats of — they potentially committed election fraud.
As Bridge Michigan and others reported earlier this week, frontrunner James Craig, millionaire Perry “Quality Guru” Johnson, and three other Republican candidates faced campaign-ending consequences not just for failing to get enough signatures to be on the ballot — but because their campaigns allegedly forged thousands of signatures.
“Craig is ‘far below the minimum threshold for ballot access,’ according to the Michigan Bureau of Elections, while Johnson appears 1,200 signatures short of the 15,000 valid signatures needed to qualify for the Aug. 2 primary.”
“Candidates for governor, judicial and congressional offices must submit valid signatures from voters to make the ballot. Both Craig and Johnson were accused of submitting forged signatures collected by a group of paid circulators. All told, the state estimates the circulators submitted at least 68,000 invalid signatures on nominating petitions for 10 different judicial and gubernatorial candidates.”
This is terrible news for Michigan Republicans, who now face the very real prospect that Garrett Soldano — a literal snake oil salesman who received national notoriety for his disgusting, cruel comments about rape victims — will be their nominee in November.
“Sucks for them!” said Alexandra De Luca, spokesperson for American Bridge 21st Century.