In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Following in the footsteps of former President Richard Nixon, the Macomb County leader of twelve ill-fated anti-tax recall campaigns says he is not a crook either. Tell that to State Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer. Brewer has been on a mission from God to get Leon Drolet and when word filtered out that Drolet would appear on Off the Record on public TV this past weekend, Brewer was on the horn just to make sure that tough questions about illegal campaign activities were hurled at Drolet. Brewer and company allege that Drolet presided over a fraudulent effort to recall House Speaker Andy Dillon that supposedly included dead persons circulating recall petitions, homeless people writing names from the phone book on the petitions, and who knows what all. Drolet says he did nothing illegal and is "unaware" of others breaking the law. Notice the use of the word unaware which gives Drolet an out if the state attorney general actually discovers laws were broken. On a lesser note, he does concede he could have done a better oversight job to ferret out mistakes that were made, but of them were criminal. Brewer's not buying that. He says Drolet ran the campaign and should shoulder the legal responsibility for any wrongdoing. While they won't say it, you can pretty much surmise that the D's want to make an example of Drolet as a warning to others who would try to boot lawmakers who vote for a tax hike. If Drolet is shivering in his boots over the prospects of being charged with a crime, he sure didn't reveal it when he did the OTR taping. In fact he suggested that if anybody broke the law it was Brewer and he, Drolet, would explore his legal options against his fellow Macomb County "friend.". Meanwhile Drolet will be in the courts this week trying to salvage the Dillon recall effort. The state ruled last week he did not get enough petition signatures to place the issue before Redford voters in August. If he fails in the courts, Drolet admits his public stock will go down. No duh.