Over at AlterNet columnist D. Earl Stephens has written a great piece praising the three women elected to Michigan’s Highest offices – Democrats Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson who were swept into office together in the 2018 as part of the blue wave reaction to the installation of Trump as President two years earlier.
Stephens singles out AG Nessel for especially high marks for her recent issuing of indictments for 16 Michiganders who chose to go down with Trump’s capsizing 2020 Presidential campaign by signing fake credentials attesting to the fiction that they were legitimate Michigan Electors, when in fact they were nothing of the sort.
After recounting the impatience with the Justice Department he felt as the months turned to years with little action following the Jan. 6th insurrection, Stephens recounts the lassitude with which he received USAG Garland’s announcement of Special Counsel Jack Smith and contrasts it with his elation, later that very same day, at Nessel’s statement that charges were being laid against the conspirators:
“Discussing this latest development with an old, retired journalist friend, he described my feelings completely when he simply said, “I don’t know what the fuck took so long.”
Things brightened considerably for me later in the day, when news broke that Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel was charging 16 Republicans for their part in the fake elector scheme that would have reversed the vote of Michigan residents in the 2020 election.
One of the charged, Michigan Republican Party co-chairwoman Meshawn Maddock, is so completely guilty, she is actually caught on tape saying: “We fought to seat the (fake) electors. The Trump campaign asked us to do that.”
Once again, I was struck by my reaction.
In a video that I can’t recommend enough, Nessel calmly laid out the charges, and anticipating blowback from the Republican fascists, said this:
“There will be those who claim these charges are political in nature. But when there is overwhelming evidence of guilt in respect to multiple crimes, the most political act I could engage in would be to take no action at all.”
This time, I cried tears of joy. I mean, I was really blubbering.“
Here is the video Stephens references:
What a great summation of her actions!
The article is well worth a click over to AlterNet, do yourselves a favor and read it in its entirety.
I join Mr. Stephens in his praise of the elected leaders of the state of Michigan and their example for the Democratic Party going forward.
Keep up the good work, ladies, and I know Stephens would join me in welcoming your diligence to the National stage.