LANSING – Despite the cloud of a grand jury investigation hanging over him and a record of divisive, secretive leadership during the previous legislative session, Jase Bolger will return as the top Republican in the Michigan House, having won re-election as Speaker.
“Jase Bolger continues his reign of corruption and division over the Michigan House with his re-election as Speaker. What an embarrassment for Michigan that the best the GOP could come up with for Speaker was an election-rigging specialist who could be indicted at any time,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer. “Today he spoke in platitudes about bipartisanship and looking forward to the future, but his actions speak louder than words. Bolger’s extreme Tea Party agenda is dictated by Dick DeVos and the Koch Brothers, not the needs of Michigan’s middle-class families.”
A one-person grand jury is currently investigating Bolger, former Rep. Roy Schmidt and others for recruiting fake candidate Matt Mojzak to run against Schmidt, helping Mojzak to file a fraudulent candidate affidavit and then covering up their involvement in the scheme.
As Speaker, Bolger has advanced a divisive Tea Party agenda, including pushing through so-called “right to work” legislation, slashing taxes for corporate special interests while raising them for middle-class families and seniors, cutting funding for public education and passing anti-choice legislation. In addition, Bolger subverted democracy and transparency when he authorized closing the Capitol building to Michigan taxpayers during the lame duck session.
For more information about Bolger’s election-rigging scheme and the grand jury investigation, visit www.bolgergate.com.