DETROIT – Two candidates for Michigan governor, including a management consultant who is ready to spend personal millions, lost their last appeals on Friday and will be barred from voting in the Republican primary due to false petition signatures they signed under the threshold of 15,000.
The state Supreme Court was the doomed last stop for Perry Johnson and Michael Markey forged signatures apparently created by paid circulators without the knowledge of the candidates.
After state officials scrapped those names, Johnson and Markey ran out of valid names.
Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig falls into the same category. The Supreme Court denied his appeal on narrow procedural grounds, saying he must first go to the Michigan Court of Appeals. Nonetheless, he is also likely to stay away from the August 2nd election.
“Today was the legal deadline for ballots to be completed. … They will start the printing process now,” said Tracy Wimmer, spokeswoman for the Secretary of State.
A message was left for Craig’s spokesperson to request comment.
The state Elections Bureau detailed widespread evidence of fraudulent signatures, dead voter names and false addresses in a May 23 report — a conclusion that shook the crowded field of GOP candidates vying to challenge Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Five candidates said they were victims of dishonest petition circulators and deserved to be on the ballot. They also complained that the state invalidated thousands of suspect signatures when only a portion were actually compared to signatures on the electoral roll.
That Board of State recruiters tied last week, 2-2whether they should be put on the ballot. A tie meant they were left out and lawsuits ensued.
“There is nothing here that deserves our further time or attention,” Chief Justice Bridget McCormack said, adding that Johnson could not show that “the Board of State’s recruiters had a clear legal duty to put his name on the ballot.” confirm”.
Judge Richard Bernstein, the only dissenter, said the Supreme Court should at least have heard arguments.
Johnson “raises serious concerns about ballot access and whether the process currently being conducted by the state adequately balances genuine fraud concerns against the possibility of candidate and voter disenfranchisement,” Bernstein said.
Johnson, who describes himself as a business “quality guru,” began introducing himself to voters with Super Bowl ads and had promised to spend some of his personal fortune.
There will be five other candidates in the Republican primary: Tudor Dixon, Kevin Rinke, Garrett Soldano, Ralph Rebandt and Ryan Kelley.
Four of those five appeared at a debate on Mackinac Island on Thursday. Earlier in the day, Dixon received confirmation from Right to Life of Michigan, an anti-abortion group that influences Republican politics.
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