More than once I've heard Livingston County residents smear anyone who moved here from Wayne County by saying that we didn't need Wayne County-style politics in Livingston County. One recent letter-writer (anonymous, of course) said Livingston County didn't need any Democrats "infecting" the county.
And nationally Republicans have accused President Obama of bringing "Chicago-style" politics to the nation.
The implication in both cases is that politics in areas dominated by Democrats are corrupt and that Republican politics are always inherently pure. Of courswe, that's overlooking things like House Speaker Jase Bolger's dirty tricks over in Kent County.
So this week we find out that we don't need to import Wayne County or Chicago style politics to Livingston County. It's already here.
The Thaddeus McCotter fraudulent petition scandal apparently involves a Livingston County woman. Mary Melissa Turnbull, a McCotter staffer, has been charged in the case with a felony and a misdemeanor. The felony could bring up to five years in prison.
It would be interesting to know what Turnbull's involvement in local Livingston County campaigns has been. Wouldn't want any "infection" to spread.