Former Democrat Party Officials Face Charges for Setting Up Fake Tea Party Candidates

Somehow, this does not surprise me, nor does it surprise me how little attention this has gotten (HT: Jim Hoft):

Two former leaders of the Oakland County Democratic Party [in Michigan] are facing a total of nine felonies for allegedly forging election paperwork to get fake Tea Party candidates on November’s ballot.

“It is not a partisan statement, and we need to make that very clear,” said Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper.

Former Oakland County Democratic Chair Mike McGuinness and former Democratic Operations DirectorJason Bauer face up to 14 years in prison if convicted.

“Some of the people didn’t even know they were on the ballot till they began receiving delinquency notices of filings that were required as a candidate,” said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.

The sheriff says 23 statewide races had questionable Tea Party candidates on the ballot and the investigation may go beyond Oakland County.

If local GOP officials had set up fake Green party candidates, how would the national press react?