Marlinga will run for state Senate

Former Macomb County Prosecutor Carl Marlinga has announced his candidacy for the Michigan Senate.

The 62-year-old Sterling Heights Democrat filed for office yesterday morning. Marlinga is seeking to fill the District 10 seat currently held by term-limited Sen. Michael Switalski, D-Roseville.

Marlinga was Macomb County’s prosecutor for 20 years. He resigned shortly after an April 2004 federal indictment charged him with corruption. A jury acquitted him in September 2006 of accusations that he intervened in two criminal cases in exchange for campaign contributions for his unsuccessful 2002 congressional campaign.

In announcing his candidacy, Marlinga said he will create a Web site that will detail the facts about his acquittal.

What about his chances of striking political come-back gold? From The Detroit News

Joe Munem, a Macomb County political consultant who formerly worked in Warren Mayor Mark Steenbergh’s administration, said Marlinga is a “good guy” with name recognition, but his work as a defense attorney and former allegations of corruption could hurt his chances.

“I’ve never seen a politician who was charged with a crime and acquitted who has ever come back and been able to win an election,” said Munem. “He might prove me wrong and be the exception to what really has been the rule.”

Marlinga has been in private practice for the last few years.