Michigan Democrats accused of creating fake Tea Party candidate
The Oakland County Democratic Party says it has requested and accepted the resignation of operations director Jason Bauer in the wake of accusations he notarized campaign filings for a fake Tea Party candidate.
Oakland County Clerk Ruth Johnson, a Republican candidate for secretary of state, announced the allegations against Bauer on Friday, noting she had turned over documents to the county prosecutor and Michigan Attorney General’s office for further investigation.
Johnson said her office was contacted by Aaron Tyler, a former Springfield Township resident who moved to Phoenix in late July only to find he had been nominated as a Tea Party candidate for a seat on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.
Tyler said he’d never filed to run for the office, let alone signed an affidavit of identity which Bauer allegedly notarized. “I figured it must have been some sort of mistake,” Tyler wrote in a letter. “I believe a fraud was committed.”