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Most charges against Michigan House Speaker Jace Bolger dropped

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LANSING, MI (WKZO) --  Michigan’s Republican Secretary of State has dismissed all but one of the charges against Speaker Jase Bolger and State Representative Roy Schmidt, but that doesn’t mean they are in the clear.  

The two were charged with attempting to rig an election back when Schmidt made his surprise jump from the Democratic to the Republican Party.   Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer filed the complaint with Ruth Johnson, wanting to know if any campaign funding had been misused in the process.

Brewer is calling it a whitewash and a cover-up.  Bolger Spokesman Ari Adler, who was also a subject of the probe is calling Brewer’s complaints “baseless”.

The Secretary of State’s office says a Campaign Finance complaint filed by the Kent County Prosecutor is still pending, and a One Man Grand Jury investigation into other possible illegal acts connected to “Bolgergate” continues. 

For a long time, Governor Rick Snyder refused to make any statement about Roy Schmidt and Jase Bolger, and the election rigging scandal, saying that was legislative business. Now he is making a statement.  Snyder will be campaigning in Calhoun County for the embattled Speaker who finds himself in a dogfight with his democratic challenger. The state democratic party has poured big money into the race, hoping to unseat Bolger.  

The two will make three stops.  First a 2PM appearance at Romney campaign headquarters in Battle Creek and then two stops in Marshall at Herman’s Hardware and Schuler’s Restaurant.

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