Ex-Chief Of Oakland County Democratic Party Gets Probation For Fake Tea Party Scheme

Source: Mike Martindale / The Detroit News

Pontiac— A former chairman of the Oakland County Democratic Party was sentenced to one-year probation, 180 hours of community service and $1,965 in fines Wednesday for his role in a fake Tea Party during the 2010 election.

Michael McGuinness, 27, of Waterford Township entered a no contest plea to fraudulently entering the names of three people as candidates for a group calling itself the Tea Party for county commission or state senate seats on the November 2010 ballot.

“My sentence will pale in comparison to what you have done to yourself,” scolded Oakland Circuit Judge James M. Alexander. “…You were on the fast track for political office. … It was all there for you, and you threw it all away.”

The fake tea party scheme angered many, especially county Republicans who said it was a deliberate attempt to subvert the political system and woo votes away from Republicans on the ballot.

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