Friday, October 27, 2006

Democrats and crime

Zachary Gorchow:

Bert Johnson

Republicans are trying to put Democratic candidates for the Michigan House of Representatives on the hot seat over whether they will support allowing a fellow Democrat to take office in January even though he was involved in a 1993 armed robbery.

Democrats are furious, calling the move an election-eve stunt with thinly veiled racial overtones.

They have said voters, and not other politicians, should choose their next state representative.

Saul Anuzis, chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, has sent a letter to Democratic, Republican and Libertarian candidates for the 110 seats in the House, asking them to pledge to support blocking Bert Johnson from being seated.

Johnson has no opponent for a seat that covers Hamtramck, Highland Park and a small portion of Detroit.

Anuzis cites language in the state Constitution that bars from the Legislature any person "who has within the preceding 20 years been convicted of a felony involving a breach of public trust."

Johnson pleaded no contest to armed robbery and breaking and entering for his role in a 1993 armed robbery at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township. Michigan law considers a no-contest plea to be a conviction, even though it not an admission of guilt.

House Speaker Craig DeRoche, R-Novi, has said he will not support allowing Johnson to assume office. The last time someone who won the November election was denied their House seat was in 1965.

In the letter, Anuzis writes, "I consider pointing a gun into the face of a Michigan resident and committing armed robbery to be a breach of the public trust."

Johnson said he was present during the May 27, 1993, robbery of a cash box from the country club where he caddied, but that he did not pull the gun. He said he pleaded no contest only so he could own up to his role in the incident.

The police officer who led the investigation has disputed Johnson's story, saying Johnson pulled the gun and ran to a waiting car.

Anuzis asked candidates to respond by 5 p.m. Tuesday. He said that as of Wednesday afternoon, most Republican and Libertarian candidates had responded, but no Democrats. Most who responded said they would oppose seating Johnson, Anuzis said.

Additionally, Republican lawmakers have announced their intent to introduce bills requiring a criminal background check of candidates for the state Legislature, citing Johnson's case as an example.

But Dan Farough, a spokesman for House Democrats, said Republicans are trying to pit Detroit against the rest of the state and divide blacks and whites because Johnson is black.

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At 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course the democrats love him, he is a minority and a criminal. The democrats hates whites (except lefties), success (unless you are a liberal), and any kind of middle class normal non-welfare leech type who has a job. After all, you are scum and should just hand over the money for their pet projects, like this thief Johnson. Who is shoecked anymore. I hope the whining blacks and leftists wil now whut up about how bad things are in Detroit because of whitey and "The Man." They can run the place now.

At 1:05 PM, Anonymous Rosco said...

Just shows you how low the Democrats will go in their constant quest to pander to the black vote.

At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off, Mr Anonymous, you need to learn how to spell and check your subject/verb agreement. You sound like you are still living in the 1800's.Wake up it's 2006. Yes, we have been emancipated. Politics is not about black and white. It's about money.
As far as welfare, do your research. It is more whites on welfare sucking up my black tax dollars than it is blacks.

At 5:07 PM, Anonymous Ahrimahn said...

It is more whites on welfare sucking up my black tax dollars than it is blacks

The reason why there are more whites on welfare is because there are more whites in America. On a per capita basis, blacks are much more likely to be on some form of government assistance than are whites.

At 5:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Turn the local news off. Most blacks that I know are employed. Some may not have the best paying jobs but they make an honest living. I come from a family of workers not beggars and bums.


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