Eastern Floral owner to run for state House

Grand Rapids business leader Bing Goei is expected to announce a write-in campaign for the state House 76th District.
Jul 20, 2012


Goei would be challenging Rep. Roy Schmidt in the Aug. 7 Republican primary. Goei owns Eastern Floral, which includes stores in Grand Haven and Spring Lake.

Earlier this week, the Kent County Prosecutor's Office released a review of a Michigan State Police investigation involving Schmidt and House Speaker Jase Bolger. The investigation followed the representative's decision to switch from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party in May.

As part of that switch, Schmidt tried to pay a candidate to run against him, according to the report. The prosecutor's office described what Schmidt and Bolger did as a "scheme" and an effort to defraud the electorate.

In an interview with WZZM-TV, Schmidt apologized for what he did.

Meanwhile, the Michigan Democratic Party has refiled a complaint asking Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to investigate whether Bolger and his staff violated the law through their involvement in a House race.

Party Chairman Mark Brewer said Thursday that Republican Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth found that Bolger and his staff conducted campaign work on Schmidt's behalf during normal work hours while being paid by the state.

Schmidt switched to the Republican Party just before the filing deadline and offered to pay another man to enter the Grand Rapids Democratic race but not campaign.

Brewer said Bolger and Schmidt conspired to deny voters a choice in November and "used taxpayer dollars to do it."

— From WZZM-TV and Associated Press reports.


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