Prospective Michigan judge criticized for political campaigning

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The Michigan Republican Party is accusing an East Lansing lawmaker of ethical lapses by running for a judgeship while at the same time he is trying to help Democrats win back control of the state House. Rep. Mark Meadows, who is in his final term in the House because of term limits, announced in April that he would run for a district court seat in East Lansing.

On Monday, he appeared with other House Democrats at a news conference in Lansing to explain why he thinks they can wrest control from Republicans in November. The Michigan Code of Judicial Conduct says judges and judicial candidates should refrain from political activity that is "inappropriate to judicial office."

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