State Rep. Jewell Jones (D) is a rare breed in Michigan. As you know, many Democrats in that state belong in jail, but Jones is one of the few that is there….so far.
Now, Jones has had all of his committee assignments taken away from him because he attempted to escape from jail.
Republican House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R) on Thursday, removed Jones from his assignments.
This was after he had a key smuggled in that would have allowed him to free himself from jail, where he was locked up for alleged drunk driving and resisting arrest.
Wentworth handed down the punishment after the prosecutors from Livingston County said Jones tried to smuggle in key after a court appearance.
Livingston County Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Carolyn Henry said:
“Allegations in this matter allege the Defendant taping a handcuff key to the bottom of his foot with clear tape and was found by Livingston County Corrections Officers upon his incarceration.”
Jones is now facing the additional charges of bringing a weapon into the jail and one count of attempted escape while awaiting a felony trial.
“Rep. Jewell Jones’s increasingly disruptive and distracting behavior in the months following his April arrest has eroded my confidence in his ability to conduct the people’s work. That behavior hit a new low yesterday when he appears to have made a bizarre attempt to escape from jail, potentially resulting in two new charges. Action must be taken to protect the public’s interest. I am now removing Rep. Jones from all House committees and encouraging him to use that time to make changes and take control of his actions.”
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“The Michigan House of Representatives will continue to make sure he has access to every service and every bit of support we have to help him on his journey. I sincerely hope he finally takes advantage of those opportunities and gets the help he needs. The people he serves are counting on him to do so.”
Why is this man still serving in the legislature and receiving a paycheck from the taxpayers?
If he were a Republican, he would have been removed immediately. He should apologize for his Democratic privilege.