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Formal Investigation into McCotter Petitions Will Wait

MI Congressman Thad McCotter
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MI Congressman Thad McCotter

The formal investigation into possible petition fraud by Congressman Thaddeus McCotter’s reelection campaign will wait until after an elections board meets next week.

The Board of State Canvassers has to officially reject the petitions before they can be turned over to investigators. Elections officials in the Secretary of State’s office say it looks like hundreds of signatures were faked by photo-copying them onto petitions.

That left McCotter short of what he needs to qualify for the ballot. He says he intends to run a write-in campaign.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Bill Schuette says his legal staff is waiting to get hold of the petitions and other paperwork.

“When we do, we’ll review it thoroughly, do our job in a comprehensive way," says Schuette.

Schuette says his office and the Secretary of State have been sharing information prior to the launch of a formal inquiry into what happened. Congressman McCotter is among those who’ve called for an investigation.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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