LANSING (WWJ/AP) – The State Attorney General is now investigating possible election fraud in the re-election campaign of longtime Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter.
WWJ’s Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick reports McCotter’s campaign turned in 2,000 petition signatures — but there was a problem.
“They found a grand total of 244 of those names to be valid. The rest were not,” said Skubick.
Skubick said, according to elections director Chris Thomas, that suggests that there may have been some “padding” going on.
“But he cannot rule on whether fraud was involved here which is why the state attorney general’s office is getting involved,” Skubick said.
The Secretary of State’s office said McCotter’s campaign may have used signatures gathered in 2010.
The Congressman will now launch a write-in campaign for re-election.
Talking to the Detroit Free Press Tuesday morning, the Livonia Republican said the alleged election fraud is either a case of “someone panicking…or sabotage.”
Talking live on WWJ Newsradio 950, McCotter said he welcomes the investigation.