The Michigan Supreme Court ruled
last week that the Michigan Tea Party will not be on the November ballot, echoing a decision
by the state's appellate court, and putting an additional nail in the coffin for the enigmatic Tea Party group that is accused of committing fraud when filing its election ballots.
The Michigan Tea Party is believed by many tea partiers to be a Democratic operation, aimed at splitting the Republican vote in November by putting up phony candidates who aren't really tea partiers at all. State Dems have contended they have nothing to do with the Michigan Tea Party.
The state Supreme Court justices ruled 5-2 that they were "not persuaded" that the Michigan Tea Party should appear on the ballot, The Detroit News reports.
"We are definitely pleased that the scam that was being perpetrated has been stopped," said tea party attorney John Pirich. "We also hope that the investigation into this activity proceeds as expeditiously as possible."
Full coverage of the Michigan Tea Party here.