Mellissa Carone has so far failed in her attempts to become an elected official, but has been far more successful at staying in the limelight.
The latest: Shelby Township Clerk Stanley Grot is suing Carone in Macomb County Circuit Court, accusing her of defaming him on social media earlier this year, the Macomb Daily reports:
Grot’s attorney, Michael Balian, says Carone called him a “compulsive liar,” a “traitor” and “fraudulent,” and has “run illegal elections” as the township clerk, took bribes and took most of an “illegal immigrant's” lottery winnings.
“This isn’t criticism. You can’t impune somebody’s integrity with false statements,” Balian said in an interview.
“Defendant’s false accusation that Plaintiff took money for a bribe and kept money from an illegal immigrant’s lottery ticket constitutes defamantion per se,” he says in the lawsuit.
Carone’s false claims in 2020 about the vote-counting "fraud" she said she saw at the TCF Center in Detroit made her the butt of TV comedians' jokes and the subject of a "Saturday Night Live" skit. But Carone, who testified in December 2020 with Rudy Giuliani in Lansing about voter fraud, also became an instant icon in many Republican circles, speaking at “stop the steal” rallies in Lansing and Washington and at numerous GOP events.
Carone, who lives in Macomb Township, was first disqualified from running for the 60th District state House seat in Macomb County on March 31 because she falsely claimed, in a sworn affidavit, that she had no outstanding financial issues with the state Bureau of Elections. In fact, she owed more than $1,000 in punitive fees for ignoring campaign finance reporting deadlines.
Carone vowed to sue to win back her ballot spot, but was running out of time. So on the April 19 final filing day, less than an hour before the deadline, she filed to run in an adjacent state Senate seat in the 11th District, also in Macomb.
According to state election records, she had still failed to pay the $1,250 in fines owed so she was removed from the ballot for same reason as her prior offense – filing a false affidavit.