Former Rep. McCotter Staffers Could Face Jail Time After Entering Pleas

Two men who once worked on the campaign staff of former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) could be spending time behind bars after entering pleas on charges tied to a petition fraud case. From The Detroit News

McCotter’s former deputy district director, Don Yowchuang, and a high school classmate of McCotter’s, Paul Seewald, entered the pleas Tuesday before Wayne Circuit Court Judge Margie R. Braxton.

Yowchuang, 33, pleaded no contest to 10 felony counts and five misdemeanor charges.

Seewald pleaded guilty to nine misdemeanor counts for falsely signing petitions as a circulator. The 47-year-old faces up to 93 days in jail.

Braxton will sentence the pair Jan. 18.

McCotter resigned abruptly in July, after learning that the petition fraud had forced him off the ballot in his re-election bid. A sitcom pilot written by McCotter also came to light in July, and the Congressman cited a “totality of calumnies, indignities and deceits” in his resignation letter.