Investigation Of Last Minute Democrat-To-Republican Switch Abandoned

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor says he ended an investigation into how a Democratic lawmaker made a last-minute switch to the Republican Party so the public would know what he’d found in time for the primary election.

Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth says he didn’t get the phone records of House Speaker Jase Bolger and Rep. Roy Schmidt because the request could have taken months. Forsyth tells The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press that he couldn’t wait.

Schmidt was a Grand Rapids Democrat who switched to the GOP just before the filing deadline for the Aug. 7 primary and recruited his son’s friend to be his Democratic opponent. Bolger was aware of the effort.

In July, Forsyth said no laws were broken, but he called the scheme a fraud on the public.

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