August 24th, 2010
04:03 PM ET
4 years ago

Michigan 'Tea Party' group a fraud?

(CNN) - A group looking to brand itself as a political party in Michigan – going by the name of "The Tea Party" - is facing widespread criticism from Republicans and tea party activists, who accuse the group of fraud and deception.

Their main argument: They are a front for the Democratic Party, and are trying to siphon away votes from Republicans and genuine tea party-backed candidates this November.

On Monday, the Michigan State Canvassing Board voted against giving the group political party status after listening to testimony from witnesses questioning the group's intentions and the validity of the signatures they collected on petitions.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Oakland County Clerk Ruth Johnson told the board that nomination documents for one Tea Party candidate for the county commission were a "straightforward fraud."

Johnson, a Republican, has also asked for a criminal investigation of Jason Bauer, an Oakland County Democratic Party official who, she said, "notarized at least nine Tea Party candidate affidavits, including one who told her office his signature had been forged," according to the paper.

The Oakland County Democratic Party Executive Board said in a statement on its website that it was "saddened" by the situation, but "cannot condone his alleged actions. For the sake of the organization, we must part ways effective immediately."

CNN reached out to the Oakland County Democratic Party for a comment, and is awaiting a call back.
The move on Monday, though, has not stopped the group from moving forward.

Attorney John Pirich, who said he represented the Tea Party group, filed an appeal with the Michigan Court of Appeals Tuesday, a court clerk told CNN.


Filed under: 2010 • Michigan • Tea Party movement
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. flushthedonkeys

    Oh no, could it be that the party of truth and honesty, the one that gave us "hope & chante" and the current "summer of prosperity," the same one that ACORN fought so hard for, and that kowtows to union leaders and foreign despots of all kind would result to lying, trickery and chicanery. Remember Obmacare will not cost us one dime more, and mandatory participation in it is not a tax (when you are lying to the American people) but is when you are under oath in court. Liberals LIE, that is how we ended up with an incompetent, inept president.

    August 24, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Liberals are poison

    So, so typical of liberals; deceit, fraud, criminal acts, vandalism, etc. to elect fellow slugs to power. Allowing fraudulent votes from felons to put Al Franken in power. ACORN, stuffing ballot boxes with fraudulent
    illegal votes. Illegal aliens voting because it was too intrusive to allow photo ID's. The scams have been exposed, the fraud uncovered. You can run, but you can't hide anymore. Just like cockroaches scurrying
    when the lights go on. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

    August 24, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. cecilia

    I think it is pretty cleaver to pose as a tea party group in an effort to redirect votes, voters and perhaps even money. I just could not endure the company without giving myself away. the first time one of them said something stupid or hateful I would blow my cover.

    August 24, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. vet in tx

    'THEY'RE WHAT WE THOUGHT THEY WERE" – Coach Denny Greene

    August 24, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    So there is a Tea Party within the Tea Party? Let me guess. There is the Tea Party with lemons and the Tea Party that's extra sweetended.

    August 24, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Rickster

    Typical democrats......."lie, cheat and steal" is their motto.

    August 24, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. fideauxdon

    Why qualify the headline with "Michigan"? The whole Tea Party Movement is a fraud!

    August 24, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    Okay, I have stopped laughing!!! :) :)
    The whole teabagging group (as many as there are of them) ARE a JOKE!
    These people are not grassroots. This is why faux news is so dangerous. They started spewing hate and next thing we know there are a lot of older Americans (collecting Social Security no less) complaining about where the government went and no sodialism (aka SS/Medicare, etc.) and driving their huge RVs on federally funded roads and meeting in federal parks. Talk about lemmings to their death.

    August 24, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. al in memphis

    This is way to easy. I'll just let it past ( whisper - whole Tea Party things a fraud because they just decided to surface after Bush left office. Didn't we have out of control spending with no targets for results with Bush)

    August 24, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. independent

    That's one way the GOP Party of No can keep the right wing from stealing their thunder, have them disbanded and barred from participating. There's GOP democracy in action. They are for the little guy all right, just as long as he's their little guy.

    August 24, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. Bedtime for Obonzo

    This "Tea Party" is a wholesale creation of the Michigan Democratic Party and the UAW in an attempt to influence certain targeted elections where it is running candidates. If the GOP did this, Democrats and the MSM would be all over this as "disenfranchisement," "fraud on the voters," hell, probably even a civil rights violation. Stay tuned for more....maybe?

    August 24, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Fight astroturf with astroturf? Meh...I'd rather see the Dems keeping their hands clean of this kind of nonsense, but the GOP asked for it when they did it first, organizing, funding and encouraging the Tealiban as yet another weapon of mass distraction in hopes of faking everyone into believing that there was a massive non-GOP grassroots uprising over Obama and the Dems. Does anyone really think that the Tealiban wasn't set up by the GOP in hopes of siphoning off votes from Dems by pretending there was a third party alternative for those Dems they hoped to anger and scare? It was the most transparent thing in DC. The Teatards were an attempt to "Nader" the Dems and it backfired, so leave it alone and let it have its paradoxical affect. Dems/liberals just need to be patient...the Teatards are imploding anyway and acting just as asinine as they do doesn't further the cause.

    I'll reserve final judgment until the court decides, but right now it seems like someone got a really really stupid bright idea.

    August 24, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. Jan TX

    Wow...very creative! The only fraud is the Tea Party itself.

    August 24, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. the real ib

    I wouldn't put anything past the democrats right now. They are hateful and scared just look at the left wing posts on here; full of hate for anyone except the far left wingers.

    August 24, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. jpmichigan

    GOOD!!!!!! I for one am glad that this so called 'Tea Party ' in Michigan is a roust for the Democratic Party. Glad that they cannot be on the ticket come November, we need a clear and honest election!

    August 24, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    The Dems continue to get more and more desperate, as the hand writing is on the wall.

    August 24, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. Take America Back: from Texas

    i have serious reservations that there can be a genuine "fraud-free" & honest election in the U S today. All one needs do is investigate the Liberal/Progressive/Democrat history in various states with all sorts of canidates......even some of their own such as; Hillary Clinton!

    August 24, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. bill

    its not only michigan tea party that is a fraud.its the whole lote of them.sarah tops list of loosers.americans have seen through this slime.bunch of blowhards

    August 24, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Haren

    Well republican don't complain.
    this is the game you guy are playing with tea party.
    I will vote for Tea party candidate if he or she is not running in republican primary.

    August 24, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "Great we are saving the jobs of PHD scientists, wonderful OMG we need these jobs. But how does that help the 99% of us who are not PHDs? "

    My gawd. It's like playing chess against someone who can only see one or two moves ahead, if that. Who do you think is going to manufacture all those more affordable electric cars, solar panels, water purification systems, mine the coal to make the steel with to build them, manufacture the polymers used in their construction, teach and learn how to repair the new engines and systems, etc.? It's like talking to a classroom full brain damaged 4 year olds. I used to think, wish and hope that this kind of GOPer/conservative drivel was just evil people acting purposefully obtuse...evil is something you can fight...but it's become clear that it's not. We're surrounded by morons insistent upon remaining morons....VOTING morons.

    August 24, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. Elle in Idaho

    Wait – if someone was forging Bauer's signature, then why are they bringing charges against him? Shouldn't they be going after the person (or people) who committed the forgery? Seems to be some gaping holes in this story.

    August 24, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    More shenanigans from the people responsible for 10% unemployment.

    Oh, and these are the same people who just broke into and stole a laptop from the San Diego County office of the RNC. That's right, that's all that was stolen–just a laptop, while other valuables were left untouched.

    Can you say "Watergate"?

    August 24, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. TM

    Since the "Tea Party", by their own admission, isn't a political party, how is ANYONE supposed to know what is or isn't part of the "Tea Party"?

    August 24, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. Marcus

    Sorry to use this place for something unrelated to the issue at hand, but when an arrogant fool calls you a 'revisionist'... you need to put him on his place (although this is about the 50th time I do that with him...).
    Fair is Fair – Did I said that the Brits had the chance to do a 'Manhattan Project' of their own during wartime? I said that they had the chance to develop an A-bomb, in the early 30's to be accurate!, but their military leadership thought that the whole concept was 'sci-fi pulp literature' and did not thought about it afterwards.
    Do some research YOURSELF before calling other people's names... DUDE.

    August 24, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. jim

    The democrat party in power now is not the party that was in power several years ago.From the era of Jack Kennedy we have had a radical shift to the left and the powers of today are not with the center of the country.Now,to stay in power they will do whatever it takes and cheating is not above their methods.They change their names to progressives in order to sell their ideas. A socialist utopia is not what this country needs.

    August 24, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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