Eight-Time Felon Wins State House Seat in Michigan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- An eight-time felon convicted of writing bad checks and credit card fraud between 1998 and 2004 has won a state House seat in Michigan.
Detroit Democrat Brian Banks picked up roughly 68 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election. He said he talked about his past during the campaign with voters in Michigan's 1st House District, which includes parts of Detroit, Harper Woods, Grosse Pointe Woods and Grosse Pointe Shores.
With no incumbent running, Banks beat four other Democrats in the primary. In the general election he faced Republican Dan Schulte, a Grosse Pointe Shores city councilman, who got 32 percent.
Banks wouldn't be the first with a criminal past in the Legislature. State Sen. Bert Johnson, D-Highland Park, pleaded no contest in a 1993 armed robbery at age 19.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2012 at 03:38 AM
    He will fit right in with all the rest of politicians from detroit. He was convicted before being elected.
  • by Greg Location: Mi on Nov 15, 2012 at 08:28 AM
    Those without sin cast the 1st stone; I'm sure everyone that has posted so far has a sparkling past. We have all done things, the only difference is that this guy got caught. It's the luck of the draw. He spoke about it during his campaign, and the voters decided. I just love how everyone is quick to criticize until they are the ones looking for a second chance. The man made a few mistakes in his past just like we all have.
  • by Me Location: Here and There on Nov 14, 2012 at 08:23 AM
    Yeah Mark, everyone deserves a second chance..not a ninth chance. I don't blame the scum ball as much as the imbeciles who voted for him. I hope he represents their district well!
  • by Robin Location: Lansing on Nov 14, 2012 at 05:58 AM
    A FEW mistakes Mark??? 8 times...8!!! That's not a few by any measure!! There is NO way this man should ever hold any position of authority PERIOD! He is a PROVEN HABITUAL CRIMINAL!!
  • by Name Location: Location on Nov 14, 2012 at 04:03 AM
    Ya thats right Josh, its the republicans fault! Better yet, its George Bush's fault!?!?!?
  • by Josh on Nov 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM
    This only happened because for years Republicans have so aggressively gerrymandered Detroit area districts to "rope in" most democrats into a handful of districts. This ensures that a democrat will always win those districts, but allows the GOP to maintain control of a much larger number of districts in the periphery of SE Michigan. The side effect is that because numerous candidates can run in the democratic primary (which the only election that matters in these districts) the democratic candidate only needs a plurality of the vote to win the seat. Banks won the nomination (and therefore, the election) with only 2,304 votes, which comes out to 31% of total votes cast, and only 95 votes more than the next guy. 2,304 votes is what destined this felon to be elected to a House district that represents about 80,000 people.
  • by Name Location: Location on Nov 12, 2012 at 08:26 AM
    ONLY IN DETROIT COULD THIS HAPPEN! THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE!
  • by John Location: Ovid on Nov 10, 2012 at 09:49 AM
    Regardless of political affiliation, a person with this many felony convictions shouldn't of been elected, much less seated. This isn't a case of a youthful criminal action; this is a case of multiple criminal actions showing a strong pattern of moral turpitude. He is not fit to serve.
  • by C. Morehead Location: Location on Nov 9, 2012 at 08:07 AM
    Good to see that they have someone with previous experience that can hit the ground running on day 1!
  • by Mark Location: Location on Nov 9, 2012 at 07:51 AM
    I'm sure everyone that has posted so far has a sparkling past. We have all done things, the only difference is that this guy got caught. It's the luck of the draw. He spoke about it during his campaign, and the voters decided. I just love how everyone is quick to criticize until they are the ones looking for a second chance. The man made a few mistakes in his past just like we all have.
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