Tea Party politics is Michigan is suddenly taking a much nastier tone.
Gongwer News is reporting that Senate Republicans may ask police to investigate an apparent threat from conservative activists toward the chamber’s Republican caucus in an effort to remove Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville from his post.
On Tuesday, an email from tea party activist Randy Bishop was sent to all 26 members of the Senate Republican caucus. It included unsubstantiated claims by Al Bain, a Monroe GOP activist, that Richardville committed adultery.
The email states a Monroe County Republican "is preparing a personal letter she intends to mail to the wives of all 25 Republican Senators, unless RR steps down as Senate Majority Leader immediately!!!”
"We are looking into the possibility that what they did was illegal. It certainly was inappropriate at best. I would just characterize it as disgusting," Amber McCann, Richardville's spokesperson, told Gongwer. "Whatever the intent of the communication was, the result is that the senators have rallied behind their leader. ... Whatever the sender's motivation is, it's had the opposite effect on the caucus."
The situation became public after Bishop discussed allegations involving Richardville on a Charlevoix talk radio program. Tea party activists are upset with Richardville because of his reluctance to push right-to-work legislation in the Senate.