Democrats Caught Sabotaging Tea Party
By James P. Tucker Jr.
Two former Democratic leaders in Michigan face criminal charges for allegedly attempting to get fake “tea party” candidates on ballots last November. This comes after two U.S. congressmen were accused of lying when they claimed tea party protesters spat on them. It fits a media pattern of attempting to paint typically peaceful protesters as impolite, potentially violent fools.
Former Oakland County Democratic Party Chairman Michael McGuinness and former operations director Jason Bauer were indicted March 16 on forgery and perjury charges. Bauer also faces three counts of notary fraud. Facing up to 14 years in prison if convicted, they were each released on $25,000 bond.
The indictment accuses them of trying to install three people on the ballot without their knowledge. Aaron W. Tyler and Ruth Ann Spearman were to be county commission candidates. Jonathan M. Young was to be a state Senate candidate. The suspects forged the signatures on the affidavit of identity and falsely swore under oath to qualify their three victims to run, the indictment alleges.
“Bauer stepped down from his position following allegations that he notarized and filed papers for 13 sham candidates from the Michigan Tea Party,” noted a report at the web site SenatorTeaParty.com. “In September, Michigan Circuit Court judges authorized a one-man grand jury to investigate the allegations. The Michigan Supreme Court also blocked the fake candidates from appearing on the ballot.”
Republican and tea party officials had expressed suspicion that the Michigan Tea Party was being manipulated to enhance the chances of Democratic candidates in a candidate-snatching scheme carried out by forging the names of unsuspecting “minor candidates.”
This behavior follows a year-long pattern of shabby characters sometimes shown displaying tea party signs while cavorting at the rallies of polite and better-groomed tea party participants, where an obliging media pursues the unkempt tea partiers for photographs—suggesting their appearance is “typical.”
During one of numerous peaceful tea party rallies on Capitol Hill protesting big federal spending sprees, Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) claimed they had been spat upon by rally participants.
Of course, they were swarmed by broadcasters and journalists, asking their opinion about the tea party. Both groused that tea partiers had spat on them. The congressmen’s allegations have been challenged by honest media outlets, including AFP.
AFP editor James P. Tucker Jr. is a veteran journalist who spent many years as a member of the “elite” media in Washington. Since 1975 he has won widespread recognition, here and abroad, for his pursuit of on-the-scene stories reporting the intrigues of global power blocs such as the Bilderberg Group. Tucker is the author of Jim Tucker’s Bilderberg Diary: One Man’s 25-Year Battle to Shine the Light on the World Shadow Government. Bound in an attractive full-color softcover and containing 272 pages—loaded with photos, many never published before—the book recounts Tucker’s experiences over the last quarter century at Bilderberg meetings. $25 from AFP. No charge for S&H in U.S.
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(Issue # 16, April 18, 2011)