Inman constituents push for recall

    Voters Not Politicians protest of Rep. Larry Inman, Traverse City | VNP photo

    Indicted state Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) is facing a recall effort in his northern Michigan district, centered in Traverse City. 

    Inman constituents filed petition language with the state’s Board of State Canvassers last week, which if approved, would give them 60 days to gather about 12,000 signatures to force a recall vote, according to reports. 

    Michigan House speaker wants Inman to resign over federal bribery charges

    The petition language notes that Inman, charged with attempting to solicit bribes in exchange for a “no” vote on the repeal of prevailing wage last year, has missed every House session since the charges came down on May 15. He’s missed more than 80 votes, including House budgets and the vote to reform no-fault auto insurance. 

    Inman so far has resisted calls for his resignation and maintained his innocence. 

    A federal judge in Grand Rapids earlier this month delayed the start of a jury trial for Inman that was scheduled to begin on Aug. 6. However, Inman’s attorney has pushed for the case to be dismissed. 

    A hearing for the dismissal motion is scheduled for Aug. 9.

    Nick Manes
    Nick Manes covers West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels. His byline also has appeared in Route Fifty and The Daily Beast. When not reporting around the state or furiously tweeting, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Krista, biking around his hometown of Grand Rapids and torturing himself rooting for the Detroit Lions.


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