Melissa Carone, an IT worker and conservative activist who Rudy Giuliani called to testify during a hearing on election fraud in Michigan, says she is running for a local state House seat, Deadline Detroit reports.
Carone caused controversy after testifying before a Michigan House panel in early December that she had seen electoral fraud take place. But a Wayne County judge found her allegations “simply are not credible.”
Carone told Deadline Detroit last week that she intends to run for the seat representing Michigan’s 46th District, which covers much of Oakland County in the Detroit suburbs.
“My ultimate goal is to get our ballots hand-counted and clean out Lansing just like draining the swamp in D.C. because that’s what we need,” she told the outlet.
“Everyone that knows me knows that I’m not a dangerous individual and that I’m totally against violence,” she continued, when asked about the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
“What’s dangerous is somebody stealing the election,” she said.
Ex-President Trump and his allies including Giuliani have falsely maintained that the election was “stolen” from him.
President Biden won the state of Michigan in the 2020 election by close to 3 points over Trump in November. However, following Biden’s electoral win, the Trump campaign mounted several legal battles in the state in an effort to overturn election results. The legal battles ultimately failed.
Carone said this week she created a new campaign Facebook page “due to the countless restrictions I’ve obtained I’m nervous FB is going to permanently shut it down.”