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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Snyder who? I'll tell you, but you're probably not going to like it...

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 12:08:39 PM EST
    Tags: Rick Snyder, Ann Arbor, Governor, 2010, moderate, abortion, stem cells, John Dingell, RINO (all tags)

    When Rick Snyder's name first started bouncing around the Lansing press corp as a potential 2010 GOP Gubernatorial candidate I started getting calls and emails.  Who is this guy?  Where did he come from?  What has he done in the Party?

    As a guy who prides himself on knowing (or at least knowing OF) everybody in and around the Party in this state it pains me to no end to admit this... I had to tell them I had no idea.

    And I didn't.  Rick Snyder?  Umm... who?

    Snyder has never been involved at the activist level.  He's never been involved with the Michigan Republican Party or the State Committee.  Never met him at a Convention.  Don't remember bumping into him on the Cox (02), Bush (04) or DeVos campaigns and he isn't in my blackberry.  (After traveling for two years with a guy like Dick DeVos, that's actually saying something.)

    But that doesn't mean I wasn't able to do a little digging in the time since, and among other things, I've learned the man wasn't lying when he told the Michigan Business Review that he's a "moderate" Republican.

    Color me disappointed.

    "Moderate," fair readers, is code for one thing and one thing only when it's followed by the word "Republican"... weak knees on the life issue and unequivocal support for abortion-on-demand.  "Moderate" almost always means pro-abortion.

    Sure enough... according to the state's campaign finance records, the Ann Arbor Venture Capitalist has given a few bucks to GOP candidates over the years but Snyder's only political giving at the state level during the 2008 campaign was to the Cure Michigan campaign.

    Those are the folks who successfully championed a stem-cell ballot initiative to allow the state to spend tax dollars on 100% obsoleted, 100% fatal human experimentation.  

    According to Open Secrets' federal campaign finance reporting database, Snyder is also a regular donor to Democrat John Dingell, giving the ultra-liberal thousands of dollars over the better part of a decade.

    Synder has also shelled out big bucks to a group called "Its My Party Too PAC."  IMP-PAC is an arm of the so-called "Republican Leadership Council," a group of "moderate" GOPers.  According to their website:

    RLC-PAC's vision is a Republican Party that is unified by the basic tenets of fiscal responsibility and personal freedom, but that allows for diverse opinions on social issues by its members.

    Their big names are notable and outspoken pro-aborts Tom Ridge and Christine Todd Whitman.  It's a one-issue PAC.  Abortion-on-demand.

    As far as the inside-baseball goes, Snyder is surrounding himself with former John McCain associates and I can confirm that his campaign is being headed up on the ground by former national McCain strategist John Yob.  (John is also the son of former RNC National Committeeman Chuck Yob.)  

    You can read the Review's biographical information at the link above and you can check out the Ann Arbor News's coverage HERE, though, a word of caution, Judy McGovern lists the loooooong since departed Dick DeVos as a potential candidate, so up-to-date and accurate information might not be her strong suit.

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    by Republican2679 on Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 04:05:19 PM EST
    Seems as though everybody in the Republican Party and all the relatives want to run for governor.  Let's hope that warring factions don't start up.

    Snder Who? (none / 0) (#2)
    by dsheill on Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 04:09:51 PM EST
    When we talk about "moderate" Republicans I believe that the definition has changed greatly over the year. For example, Candice Miller voted against just about every embryonic stell cell bill that came her way. However, the Club for Growth still rates her towards the bottom half of not only GOP Congressmen, but all Congressmen period. Same goes for the pro card-check/pro-union Thaddeus McCotter. A Republican party that defins "moderate" or "RINO" on the basis of one's social positions, but not their economic positions is a party destined for failure. What scares me about Synder is his willingness to compare his version of "moderate" to Bill Milliken. Milliken was as left-wing as Jim Blanchard when it came to economics. He created the SBT. If that's what Synder means by moderate then yes you should be scared.

    conservative only, please (none / 0) (#5)
    by steve on Sat Mar 21, 2009 at 08:51:24 AM EST
    I saw this guys name in the paper last night. I don't like moderates, code words or anything of the sort.

    Thanks Nick.


    Its amazing what happens... (none / 0) (#6)
    by RightMacomb on Sat Mar 21, 2009 at 10:43:52 AM EST
    when the Yob's are out of work.  2 house seats in Macomb were lost by just 2%, the closest in the state.  Perhaps if the Yob's had not bumble the McCain campaign into a full retreat from the state, Republican turnout would have been just 2% higher.

    Maybe we can take a page from the Lions, and trade the Yob's to Texas for Karl Rove.

    Rick SNYDER! (none / 0) (#7)
    by prouddaughters12 on Sat Mar 21, 2009 at 10:10:01 PM EST
    Rick Snyder is a man that knows what he is talking about. He has his own visions. Rick Snyder works in Ann Arbor and is an active participant in the community doing great things. All of you guys don't even know Snyder and how great he is. So stop saying who's Snyder...yes that is S.N.Y.D.E.R! Many people are encouraging Rick to run and so are we. Rick Snyder for GOVERNOR! Run and Help us RENEW MICHIGAN!!

    Abortion/shmabortion (none / 0) (#9)
    by remjte on Mon Mar 23, 2009 at 12:57:06 AM EST
    Two issues:

    First, THIS is why Republicans lose.

    People get so caught up in morality crusade arguments they forget government is a civic body. Then they over-extend by painting it all with grossly simplified terms such as "abortion on demand". That's not being pro-life, it's being-anti-choice and pro-government....  Read More

    When in doubt, yes, err on the side of life, but that applies as people, not government coercion. Unless and until there is an absolute and undisputable answer on this, government should let people live their lives. Advocate all you want to stem the tide on abortion, and I agree with you, but if you're against government running your life and making your choices, then you're against it and you don't make exceptions for things where people disagree with you.

    Abortion itself is social/moral issue. Banning it, government action, is a civic issue. It's entirely possible, and rational, to be against abortion and against banning it.

    Second, Jerry Zandstra sent an email out where he talked with Rick Snyder and he's given him a pass. It's only the over-zealous "ban now" crusade claiming Snyder wants to kill babies.

    So, there are probably plenty of genuine civic issues, like economics, to worry about.  Let's stop pissing all over each other from moral soapboxes and agree to fix and limit the government, shall we?

    Abortion takes the life of a separate being (none / 0) (#11)
    by Republican Michigander on Mon Mar 23, 2009 at 08:50:16 AM EST
    Simple as that. Even the libertarian poster boy Ron Paul, who I voted for in the primary, knows that.

    I don't jump on a lot of moralist crusades and in most matters I am not a prohibitionist. I enjoy an occasional beer or glass of whiskey on the rocks. I enjoy a game of cards "for chips" since otherwise it is illegal. I don't smoke pot, but don't have a problem with those who do unless they are driving. I don't care what gay people do in their homes as long as it doesn't involve my tax money paying for it.

    But life related measures is different. Abortion is the hostile use of lethal force on another being that can not defend itself. Just as coercion is used against banning murder, it should be used if necessary to prevent abortion.

    Bump to the top (none / 0) (#12)
    by Republican Michigander on Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 01:33:40 AM EST
    The Super Bowl ad brought Rick Michigan to the news again. Let's introduce those curious about him to the facts.

    Bumped for primary (none / 0) (#15)
    by Republican Michigander on Mon Aug 02, 2010 at 08:38:20 PM EST
    No Rick Michigan.

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