Explosive tapes released in political battle between Mark Hackel, Jim Fouts; Fouts denies it is him

Posted at 5:43 PM, Dec 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-16 13:12:21-05

Explosive tapes have been released in the ongoing political battle between Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and Warren Mayor Jim Fouts.

The disturbing recordings were sent to us by Hackel. The audio sounds like Warren Mayor Jim Fouts talking about the mentally challenged.

On Facebook, Fouts denied that it was him on the audio recordings, which were sent to Hackel in the middle of the night.

"In response to the nasty tape recording released by Mark Hackel. It's clear this an attempt to silence me and intimidate me. I question the validity of this AWFUL tape, the context of the tape, and who was also speaking and where this speech was recorded. The contents of this tape DO NOT reflect my attitude towards the mentally challenged. Mark Hackel will do anything and everything to disparage me. This recording was not me! (he has the expertise available to him to electronically engineer it) This is a PHONY tape with more to come. As I said when Mark Hackel can't argue with facts he attacks. This was a garbled tape. A vicious attempt to discredit me. Mark Hackel will do anything to cover up his crime even the use of anonymous phony tapes. Mark Hackel has reached a new low in politics. All because I have requested an attorney general investigation of the cover-up of the illegal dumping at Freedom Hill."

We tried reaching out to Fouts but so far, he hasn't responded to us.