Grand Traverse Democrats Push For Inman Resignation With Petitions
The push continues against Representative Larry Inman as a new campaign kicks off, calling for his resignation.
A Grand Jury indicted Inman on charges of lying to the FBI and attempted extortion and bribery, connected to campaign donations with a carpenter’s union. Since the indictment in May, Inman has been removed from the Republican Caucus, taken off his committees and his office has been closed. But he still holds his title.
That leaves Grand Traverse County without representation in Lansing. The new campaign is funded by the Michigan Democrats and looks to get the people involved in the fight. These postcards can be signed and returned before they are sent directly to Inman or publicly displayed, forcing the issue and getting a resignation.
“The most frustrating thing is, we don’t feel represented,” says Chris Cracchiolo, chair of the Grand Traverse Democrats.
While Inman fights in the courts, he is not in Lansing as the voice of Grand Traverse voters.
“He can’t vote for us,” says volunteer Gabrielle Bohrer, “But he’s still in office and he won’t resign.”
The campaign kicks off today but it is next week, during the Traverse City Film Festival where you will really be seeing canvassers out with the postcards. They will try to hit everybody because even though the representation issue is only in Grand Traverse, every Michigander is still on the hook.
“People even living in Lansing, Cadillac or the Detroit area, they are still paying for Larry Inman’s salary,” says Cracchiolo.
Democrats say resignation will be faster than a recall and a new representative can be picked quickly.
“Voters will do their diligence as far as the background and positions of the new candidates.” says Cracchiolo, “There will be that feeling for a lack of trust.”
Inman’s attorney has been adamant Inman will not resign and wants the case to have its day in court before a decision like this is made. The Democrats don’t want to wait.
“Hopefully all the hard work between all the different organizations pays off,” says Bohrer.