GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Matt Mojzak Thursday withdrew his candidacy for the 76th Michigan House district race that he entered suddenly Tuesday.
Mojzak appeared Thursday morning before Kent County Clerk Mary Hollinrake, who said he wrote a simple statement withdrawing his candidacy and said little.
The Michigan Democratic Party Wednesday called Mojzak's candidacy election fraud, claiming he lied on his filing affidavit about his residency. Party chair Mark Brewer said Mojzak really lived in Ottawa County and perjured himself on the form by saying he had been a Grand Rapids resident for the past 22 years.
Tuesday, minutes before the 4:00pm filing deadline, someone filed paperwork for Mojzak's candidacy to be the Democratic candidate for the 76th District house seat, a seat now held by Democrat Roy Schmidt. The same person filed for Schmidt's candidacy as a Republican candidate.
The last minute maneuvering provoked outrage from Democrats, who said it was an underhanded attempt to deny the Democrats from mounting a competitive campaign for the seat.
Now, any Democrat running for the seat must run as a write-in candidate.
Thursday, Brewer said an investigation into election fraud and perjury is still warranted.
"Mojzak's withdrawal just proves that he was a fake Democrat and it's obvious the cover-up of Roy Schmidt's fake Democratic candidate has begun," said Brewer. "It's ironic that this cover-up is taking place on the anniversary of the beginning of the Watergate hearings. The voters deserve to know who exactly was involved in this plot, when it began, and why felonies were committed. These illegal conspirators must be brought to justice swiftly."