DAVISON, Mich. (AP) - The leader of the Flint-area Republican Party has pleaded guilty to making a harassing phone call to a Democratic county official in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Matthew Smith says his actions were “totally inappropriate.”
Smith is chairman of the Genesee County Republican Party and a member of the Davison school board. He is facing a recall campaign in Davison.
Jennifer Kelly, the elected clerk in Houghton County, says the caller threatened to poison her dogs during a phone call in the wee hours in March 2020. Smith says a friend was running for office against Kelly.
Kelly was subsequently reelected in Houghton County.