Democrat Chief Pleads No-Contest in Fake Tea Party Scheme

Posted on October 21, 2011

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Oakland County Sheriff's DepartmentMichael McGuinnes, left, and Jason Bauer.

Michigan (Kathleen Grey-Detroit Free Press) – Michael McGuinness, former chairman of the Oakland County Democratic Party, pleaded no contest last week to charges associated with a fake Tea Party scheme hatched for the 2010 elections.

McGuinness, 27, was facing a trial this week on perjury and forgery charges linked to putting unwitting people on the ballot as candidates of the tea party.

The scheme was brought to light by former Oakland County Clerk Ruth Johnson, who was running for Secretary of State at the time. She accused the pair of trying to siphon votes away from legitimate Republican candidates.

McGuinness is scheduled to be sentenced at 1 p.m. on Dec. 7

His alleged accomplice Jason Bauer, who worked for the county Democratic party, faces a Dec. 8 trial on the same charges.

Source for story:     http://www.freep.com/article/20111019/NEWS03/111019018/Ex-Oakland-Co-Dems-chief-pleads-no-contest-fake-Tea-Party-scheme?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE