LANSING, Mich (FOX 17)—Leaders of the Michigan Democratic Party say they have filed legal papers seeking a special one-person grand jury to look further into whether State Rep. Roy Schmidt engaged in criminal activity in his party switch earlier this year.
Schmidt, running for reelection in the 76th District in Grand Rapids, switched from Democrat to Republican just before the filing deadline, a move which forced the Democrats to post a write-in candidate in this month's primary.
Gretchen Whitmer, quoted in a Wednesday morning release.
The paperwork, filed in Ingham Couty Circuit Court, is a Complaint and Petition for Expedited Investigation by a Judicial Officer, which is basically a one-person grand jury.
The release called the actions of Schmidt and House Speaker Jase Bolger as "perjury under law," noting the two men texted one another about finding a dummy candidate to file for the Democratic primary. That candidate was Matthew Mojzak, whose filing was submitted at the same time as Schmidt's party switch. Mojzak withdrew his name shortly afterward.