GOP Vice Chairman Candidate Was Convicted of Violent Gun Crime as a Teen

Macomb Politics, February 20, 2015

Darwin Jiles, Jr., has emerged as a controversial character within the Michigan Republican Party since he declared his candidacy for one of the vice chairman positions up for grabs at this weekend’s state convention.

The internal debate was sparked by revelations that Jiles, 29, is on probation after pleading guilty last year to a misdemeanor charge for shooting an acquaintance in his Auburn Hills trailer park. But that black mark on his record is nearly trivial compared to the violent gun crime he committed when he was a 15-year-old living in Flint, according to court records.

Genesee County Circuit Court records show that in 2001 Jiles was charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder, one charge of illegally carrying a concealed weapon, and one charge of using a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Darwin Jiles

Darwin Jiles

Facing that barrage of felonies, the records indicate that Jiles arranged a plea bargain and pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, plus the felony firearms charge.

Fourteen years later, he is hoping to win election at the Republican’s Lansing convention to the vice chair position representing the ethnic/minority block of the state GOP.

As he looks forward to a career in politics, Jiles went on a charm offensive after he was charged in the 2014 Auburn Hills shooting, insisting that the incident was an accident, not a crime. But apparently everyone wooed by his PR campaign forgot to ask Jiles if he had ever been convicted previously of criminal activity.


Known in Flint as a community activist, Jiles has said that he moved to Auburn Hills to get away from the crime-plagued streets of his hometown.

[Editor’s Note: At the convention, Mr. Jiles was elected as ethnic vice chair, replacing Linda Carver, pictured below.]

Linda Carver

Linda Carver

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  • Dave4088

    It’s a good thing Jiles violent record is coming to light or he would have been groomed as a leader and spokesman.for the tea party.

    • Biff_Maliboo

      Hannity’s producer couldn’t delete the half-completed interview request e-mail fast enough.

      • TCA

        Hannity’s still on the air?

    • Lygeia

      That shade of lemon yellow is found nowhere in nature as a natural human hair color.

    • APaige

      Her roots are as dark as Alex Haley-and about as ‘honest’.

  • superlloyd

    Jeez. I won’t be voting Republican.

    • John Smith

      I voted Green even, when I couldn’t vote Libertarian or Constitution parties. It’s like voting “present,” but at least they know folks didn’t want to vote for leftist Party A or less leftist Party B.

  • The GOP should concede positions to Democrats rather than rally behind thugs.
    Can they not do better? Sheeeeeeeeeeesh.

  • Stupid Party racial pandering desperation and bottom barrel scraping — Smells like Teen Spirit.

    • ozamataz

      Smells like TNB.

  • MekongDelta69

    Hey – I wanna be an ‘ethnic’ vice chair too. (or vice table, or vice countertop, or vice floor, or vice versa – whatever.)

    • InAFreeCountry

      Jus’ as long as I be gettin’ paid, I be a vice anythang.

      • John Smith

        Most politicians have plenty of vice.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    I read ‘ethnic vice chair’ and thought that was the punchline.

    Then I saw dat photo of Linda.

  • Usually Much Calmer

    The Republican Party primary winner for Jesse Jackson’s seat had a record. Whenever he was referred to as an ‘ex-offender’, I would say, “I don’t know what you mean. He is still offending me.”

    I never said anything about race, see. But I made it clear that I only have one standard.

  • Epiminondas

    This is just the sort of idiocy Northerners fall for. C’mon, guys! Pull your heads out! Blacks are NEVER going to vote for your white a$$es in significant numbers.

    • evilsandmich

      I doubt that even these black GOP stand-ins vote for themselves.

  • TruthBeTold

    Dead eyes.

    Where did they find this guy?

    • Lygeia

      In a trailer park.

      • bilderbuster

        I thought only White racists lived in trailer parks?

        • John Smith

          Another MSM lie, apparently.

  • dd121

    Why do Republicans go out of their way to cultivate these people of colorful violence? Almost all of them, (Colin Powell), have double crossed them. The blacks aren’t going to vote for them, in any event.

  • Chip Carver

    This is what the Republican party needs! A black everyman to draw blacks, who like hispanics, to the Republican party. Blacks and hispanics are natural conservatives. Don’t laugh, Savage, Limbaugh, all of them, keep telling me that deep down these people are with us! Don’t let a youthful indiscretion bring a good man down! Once again, the scourge of racism raises its ugly head.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    A negro with a criminal record joins the GOP. You are in the wrong party boy.

    • Lygeia

      All the Democratic positions were already filled; not so with the Republican Party.

      It was just pure opportunism.

      • Rhialto

        Plus he supplies some street cred, which the Repubs desperately need, nomsayn.

  • InAFreeCountry

    Republicans have community activists?

    • evilsandmich

      Yeah they pay people to round up votes for the other party as some sort of insane scheme.

  • IstvanIN

    I take it that this is a well paid affirmative action job.

  • H. Leonskoi

    Look at the eyes. The white space below the irises is usually and indication of psychopathy according to the secret service. Darwin is a good name for someone of that species. Vive la difference!
    Conservatism Inc. just can’t stop burning coal, can it?

    • John Smith

      Too bad Darwinism didn’t function like it should’ve in his case.

  • jwilders50

    Lol, so this is the best black man the Republicans can find?

    Good comedy is all I can sy.

  • bilderbuster

    The idiots in the Republiscam Party are so desperate in their “minority outreach” quest that they’ll try and recruit the Black pizza delivery guy who delivers the pizza during one of their late night brainstorming sessions because he’s black and has a job.

  • Speedy Steve

    But that BLACK mark on his record is nearly trivial compared to the
    violent gun crime he committed when he was a 15-year-old living in
    Flint, according to court records.

    And the jokes continue to write themselves!

  • KenelmDigby

    If you want to understand what today’s Republican Party is all about, then this story says it all.

  • John Smith

    The GOP’s pandering to minorities who will never elect them is a huge mistake and one that I expect disgusts more white voters than they can ever attract minorities.

  • Guest

    This could be a symbolic type position, in that there are areas where republicans cannot win.