Seems Doug Tietz was in the Woverine Party at U of M. But because one of his party members and friends cheated scandalously and historically, Tietz was disqualified.
Sure it happened years ago, maybe 10 years. So why is this old history about a dirty trickster named Chip Englander still relevant? Because the dirty trickster Chip gave Tietz $1,000 for his Troy city council campaign in 2009. Who is giving him money this time around?
Tietz, a student politician at the time, did not apologize because his friend cheated to try to get him in office, rather he was mad that since his friend only cheated 10 times for their party, Tietz should not be disqualified. Amaaaazing! Tietz said, "Kicking out the entire party is absolutely political. How can you explain ten illegal votes causing an entire party being eliminated?"
That's our honesty, integrity and transparency candidate, folks.
Of course this Chip Englander IS now a professional politician, in California, playing his tricks on a much larger level. I mean don't we have enough dirty tricks in Troy without professional dirty tricksters infusing our small town politics with their money?
When can we clean up politics in Troy? With the likes of Gosselin, Glenn Clark and Tietz injecting their money and dirty tricks here, it doesn't look like it will be clean soon.
ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL: How One Man Brought Down the Wolverine Party
by Jacob F.M. Oslick
I think the Election Board had a gross misinterpretation of the election code" commented Wolverine Party (WP) defense counsel Jeff Omtvedt, shortly after the Central Student Judiciary (CSJ) voted to disqualify WP candidates for Michigan Student Assembly (MSA) President, Vice-President, and MSA Representative spots from the schools of LSA and Kinesiology.
This was "the most clear-cut case of violating the code ever," counters Election Board Director Alok Agrawal, as the Wolverine Party exhibited "total disregard for the rules of the election."
So say the two sides to this dispute, the greatest scandal to rock MSA politics in recent memory. But what actually happened election night? And what should have been done? To answer these questions, one must delve deeper than the sound bite, and consider all the evidence involved.
The story begins on election night between 1:00 and 4:00 a.m., on the floors four and six of the Markley Residence Hall. As recorded in formal complaints submitted to the election board, a man fitting the description of WP Chair Chip Englander went door-to-door trying to secure votes for his party. He knocked on doors and presented himself as a supporter, but not candidate of the party. After being let in to peoples' rooms, he went to the election web page and asked students to enter their uniqnames and passwords. According to one report, "I wasn't watching what he did after that, but basically, I turned around and he had the entire ballot filled out for a certain party. I looked at him like he was crazy." In another report, the man "very quickly, because I think he had been doing it all night, clicked all of the Wolverine Party candidates. . I never gave him permission, but he submitted my vote anyway."
Mr. Agrawal felt that if accurate, these reports violated sections 41.62, 41.64, and 41.68 of the Election Code (see side-bar) which prevent people from interfering with an election and campaigning within 50 feet of a polling site.
During this time, Wolverine Party documents state, Mr. Englander was scheduled to campaign on the Diag, as part of the Wolverine Party's "24 Campaign for a 24 hour campus." One WP candidate, Ryan Gregg, claims to have seen Mr. Englander "at least every 20 minutes or so" as he passed by the Diag while chalking for the party.
However, in an 11-page brief submitted to the CSJ, the Wolverine Party never formally denies the allegations. In the words of Mr. Omtvedt, "I don't know what Chip did, I only know what he was accused of." Instead of denying the charges, the WP defended itself by arguing, as co-defense counsel Joe Bernstein states, that "Chip was acting alone. No other candidate knew what he was doing." Mr. Englander himself admits to some wrongdoing, but adamantly denies that he ever submitted votes without first securing someone's permission. Claiming that he was unclear of the rules, he believed that as long as people consented to vote, he was allowed to assist them.
In total, only between 10-15 reports were filed alleging violations, and only three submitted by the Election Board to the CSJ as evidence against the Wolverine Party. For reasons of privacy, the Election Board declined to release the names of the accusers. This secrecy, Mr. Bernstein feels, left the WP unable "to present a completely just defense - we didn't know who was accusing us."
Adding that "our opinion is that this is a violation of the Sixth Amendment," Mr. Bernstein would have liked the opportunity to investigate the complaints to see, for example, "if these people all live in a hall with a Blue Party campaigner."
The secrecy regarding the accusations led one WP Candidate to blame the violations on a "Blue Party plot," pointing out "I wouldn't put it past the Blue Party to find two or three people to come forward with some bullsh-t like this."
Mr. Agrawal disputes this, claiming in an e-mail sent to the Wolverine Party that the Election Board investigated the complaints and found "several rooms" had similar experiences. He further points out that one of the accusers actually supported the Wolverine Party.
Even if they occurred, the Wolverine Party argued that the violations do not deserve total disqualification. In particular, the Party disputes that the specified sections of the Election Code even refer to a person such as Mr. Englander, who, although party chair, did not run as a candidate. Indeed, their brief points out that Section 41.701 states specifically "Candidates who violate ... sections 41.64-41.66 shall be subject to a penalty of one demerit.. ... Candidates who violate section 41.62 shall be subject to a penalty of five demerits." In the WP view, since the Code speaks only of candidates, not those working on a candidate's behalf, the Election Board had no sanction to penalize WP candidates for Mr. Englander's actions. As Mr. Omtvedt states, "They didn't have the Code to work with, so they misinterpreted the Code so it would work with them."
WP disqualified candidate Doug Tietz concurs, saying that the election board "stopped democracy, cold in its tracks. . Kicking out the entire party is absolutely political. How can you explain ten illegal votes causing an entire party being eliminated?"