By Brandon Hall
(Email Him At WestMIPolitics@Gmail.com)
Subpoenaed emails reveal Attorney General Bill Schuette asked state employees to find people to endorse Jeb Bush, with the winner who bagged the most receiving a $250 gift card.
Schuette also scheduled a Jeb Bush conference call in the middle of a work day.
The revelations comes as subpoenaed documents were due to Mark Brewer and Progress Michigan for a lawsuit against Schuette, until a Judge halted discovery in an emergency ruling issued tonight...
According to the Detroit News:
"In an August 2015 email, Schuette scheduler Esther Jentzen invited various colleagues and political operatives to a conference call with Schuette on “presidential politics” scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on a Monday.
The August 2015 meeting was set two days before Schuette announced he was endorsing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the 2016 Republican presidential primary and would serve as Bush’s state campaign chairman.
In another email sent from his own personal account on a Sunday, Schuette encouraged a similar group of state staffers and GOP allies to secure Bush endorsements, offering a $250 gift card to whoever got the most by “the close of business Wednesday.”
None of the emails came to or from government accounts but were sent to several state employees, including then-deputy Matthew Schneider, who now serves as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Other state staff on the email chain include top Schuette aide Rusty Hills, spokeswoman Andrea Bitely and former political director Carter Bundy, who is now helping run Schuette’s gubernatorial campaign."
The story is just another scandal that continues to hound Schuette, who hopes to clinch the Republican nomination for Governor next week as he faces an FBI investigation and calls for a Grand Jury to be impaneled after he used state employees to help with secret luxury real estate deals.
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.