Richard Baird, one of Snyder’s strongest allies and no stranger to controversy, ran for precinct delegate in the August primary while being registered to vote in two states and while having principal-residence tax exemptions attached to properties in two states.
Democrats are ready to pounce big-time on this story, with a Friday 9:30 a.m. conference call scheduled with Michigan reporters.
According to the MIRS news service, records from the Clinton County Treasurer's Office in Michigan show that Baird, Snyder's “transformation manager,” has had a principal residence property tax exemption attached to his home in Bath since he bought the home in 2011.
At the same time, MIRS reports, his Illinois home has received a homeowner exemption since at least 2009, according to the Cook County Assessor's Office.
The homeowner exemption in Illinois is for properties that have been occupied by the owner as their principal residence.
Here’s more from MIRS:
“Baird said today that there likely was a clerical error at the time of the purchase that kept that exemption on the property.”
Those supposed typos – they can really come back and hammer you later.
Meanwhile, Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Lon Johnson said this:"This information raises serious questions of what could potentially be tax and voter fraud from Rick Snyder's right-hand man," Johnson said. "Time and time again, there's been a pattern and practice of scandals from the Snyder administration.
“From Baird intervening to save, then double, a lucrative state furniture contract (for) Snyder's cousin, to 90 percent pay raises for Wall Street investment executives, to public funds paying for extravagant travel expenses and fancy dinners all over the world (for a Snyder appointee), Rick Snyder's administration has been awash in scandal. It's past time for an independent investigation into corruption and misdealing in Snyder's administration. Rick Snyder owes Michigan families answers."
Sounds like things could be getting interesting on the day before the Republican state convention.