Mich. House Dems to seek censure of GOP lawmaker named in alleged election tampering plot

House Democratic lawmakers will attempt to censure a state GOP lawmaker at the center of an alleged election tampering scheme following the 2020 presidential contest that was recently disclosed by the attorney general's office.

State Rep. Daire Rendon, R-Lake City, and others allegedly "orchestrated a coordinated plan" to access ballot tabulators across Michigan, including from two counties — Roscommon and Missaukee — Rendon currently represents in Michigan's state House.

Rendon, Republican attorney general candidate Matt DePerno and others allegedly involved have peddled the false conspiracy that ballot tabulators used in the 2020 election switched votes for former President Donald Trump to Joe Biden in a plot to steal the 2020 election.

To access tabulators, Rendon repeatedly told local officials that she was carrying out a probe into election fraud, according to documents from the attorney general's office. But Rendon was not part of any investigation, according to a statement by Gideon D'Assandro, a spokesman for House Speaker Jason Wentworth, R-Farwell.

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House Democrats released a resolution to censure Rendon on Friday and plan to introduce it formally next week, according to a news release.

A copy of the draft accuses Rendon of violating her oath of office and abusing her power.

"Representative Rendon abused her office, her position of power, and misrepresented the House of Representatives while badgering local election officials to comply with a phony investigation spurred by Donald Trump’s Big Lie conspiracies," said House Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski, D-Scio Township, in a statement.

It is unclear whether Republican lawmakers who hold a majority in the state House will disavow a member of their own caucus or back disciplinary action against Rendon. D'Assandro said in a statement Friday that "the speaker will let the legal process play out and review any new developments as the information comes out."

Rendon did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment left at her office and cellphone.

Attorney General Dana Nessel's Office recently requested the appointment of a special prosecutor to determine whether criminal charges should be brought against those in the alleged "conspiracy to unlawfully obtain access to voting machines." The petition for a special prosecutor cites a conflict of interest in making the request because Attorney General Dana Nessel is running against DePerno.

House lawmakers are currently on a summer recess and are scheduled to return to regular session after Labor Day.

Rendon currently serves as chair of the House Committee on Insurance and sits on three other committees. She represents Crawford, Kalkaska, Missaukee, Ogemaw and Roscommon counties. She was first elected to the state House in 2016 with 58% of the vote. She won reelection in 2018 with 65% of the vote and again in 2020 with 71% of the vote. She is ineligible to run for reelection in the state House.

Free Press staff writer Dave Boucher contributed to this report.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Mich. Dems eye GOP lawmaker for censure in voting breach