Matt Mojzak

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Matt Mojzak
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Candidate for
Michigan House of Representatives District 76
PartyDemocratic
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Matt Mojzak was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 76 of the Michigan House of Representatives.

Elections

2012

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Mojzak filed to run in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 76 but withdrew before the primary. The general election takes place on November 6, 2012. [1]

Controversy

Mojak was involved in what turned out to be an election plan orchestrated by House Speaker Jase Bolger and Roy Schmidt.

Mojzak found himself embroiled in controversy when a press release from Kent County Prosecuting Attorney William Forsyth revealed that Bolger and Schmidt were involved in a plan to tilt the election in Schmidt's favor. Schmidt had defected to the Republican Party just before the primary, and made an arrangement with Bolger to pay Mojzak to run as a Democrat in the election, but not actually conduct a real campaign. On this move, Forsyth claimed, "it is clear that the only logical reason for his [Mojzak's] recruitment was to prevent the Democratic Party from mounting a viable write-in candidacy."[2]

According to a report from the Morning Sun, "Mojak initially was promised $450 and persuaded to change his address and voter registration to the 76th District. Mojak also signed an affidavit claiming he had been a Kent County resident for 22 years. He later withdrew from the race."[3]

Forsyth deemed that no laws were broken, stating, "Although this scheme by Rep. Schmidt and Speaker Bolger was clearly designed to undermine the election and to perpetrate a ‘fraud’ on the electorate, it was nonetheless legal...While Mr. Mojak ill-advisedly agreed to participate in this misadventure, it is clear that he was duped into doing so and is the least culpable of anyone involved in this fiasco.”[4]

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