Will Bezotte be disqualified? Livingston County Clerk to decide

LIVINGSTON COUNTY — Whether Republican State Rep. Bob Bezotte will be disqualified from operating for re-election stays to be seen.

But a willpower will seemingly want to come rapidly if the Livingston County Clerk’s Office plans to meet the deadline for making ready ballots.

Livingston County Clerk Betsy Hundley advised The Daily on Tuesday she is reviewing lawyer Dan Wholihan’s criticism and a signed affidavit from Bezotte’s estranged spouse Shelia.

Wholihan, who’s married to Republican candidate Kristina Lyke, alleged Bob Bezotte falsified his home address on his Affidavit of Identity when he filed to run for re-election.

The Bezottes are within the strategy of getting a divorce. Shelia has accused Bezotte of mental, emotional and physical abuse in her divorce filing, initially reported by The Detroit News.

In her signed affidavit, she says Bezotte hasn’t been dwelling at their marital residence in Marion Township, which he listed as his residence deal with, since December. She says he is stayed on the mailing deal with he supplied, certainly one of their daughters’ properties, which can be situated in Marion Township.

Shelia mentioned she has security considerations.

“If (he) states on his affidavit that he resides at the same house … he may re-enter the marital house.”

Bezotte, who serves the fiftieth District, didn’t reply to requests for remark, however beforehand denied any abuse when announcing a last-minute decision to run for re-election.

“It is known that (Bezotte) has spent much of the past five months in either Arizona or in Illinois, even though he currently is a sitting representative,” Wholihan’s criticism reads. “In addition, when he is not dwelling in Arizona or Illinois, he is staying at the ‘mailing address’ he provided.”

Before asserting he’d run in spite of everything, Bezotte beforehand endorsed two different GOP candidates for the seat: Jason Woolford and Lyke. Republican Dominic Restuccia and Democrat Austin Breuer are additionally operating.

County reviewing criticism

Hundley is working with a county lawyer to evaluate the criticism, and expects her choice would possibly come by subsequent week.

State election regulation is “fairly vague” on how to deal with one of these problem, Hundley mentioned. “Michigan election law has its own definition of what a residence is.”

State election regulation MCL 168.11 Sec. 11 defines a “residence” as “that place at which a person habitually sleeps, keeps his or her personal effects, and had regular place of lodging.

“If an individual has multiple residence, or if an individual has a residence separate from that of his or her partner, that place at which the particular person resides the higher a part of the time shall be his or her official residence for the needs of this act.”

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Time is of the essence, with the Michigan Bureau of Elections planning to meet May 31.

“I haven’t got any concept if that is going to discover its manner to the courtroom system,” Hundley said, adding she’d expect the courts to “quick monitor” any legal challenges that could follow her decision.

Bezotte’s fellow Republican candidates aren’t happy.

“All I do know is that Bob’s not talking the reality right here,” Lyke advised MIRS.

Woolford advised MIRS lots of of individuals known as his marketing campaign following Bezotte’s choice to run.

“They are angry. They are disappointed and disgusted. Those are their words,” Woolford mentioned.

Contact reporter Jennifer Eberbach at [email protected]

This article initially appeared on Livingston Daily: ‘Disappointed’: Will Bezotte be disqualified? Livingston County Clerk to decide

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