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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    A few notes on Rick Snyder's various (and varied) responses

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Sat Mar 21, 2009 at 01:30:18 PM EST
    Tags: Rick Snyder, Jerry Zandstra, life (all tags)

    What's up, team... a few notes, for the sake of clarity and due diligence:

    1) Lansing insider publication MIRS approached Snyder yesterday to ask about his position on life issues.  Snyder declined to speak with MIRS and sent his spokesman to address these issues instead.  So to speak.  According to MIRS:

    Waters declined to give Snyder's position on the Michigan Business Tax (MBT), the MBT surcharge or the state budget. He also declined to state if his boss is pro-choice or pro-life.

    "As you can imagine, he has very strong opinions on issues, but he's at the listening phase right now," Waters said. "He's interested in hearing what the citizens have to say."

    2) I personally approached the Snyder campaign directly through John Yob and requested an interview after Yob claimed my "moderate" claims were off-base.

    Mr. Snyder through Mr. Yob declined the opportunity.

    3) Instead, Snyder ostensibly granted an interview to Jerry Zandstra, a former candidate in the GOP Senate Primary in 2006.

    4) Worth noting that Snyder and Zandstra are both current or former Yob clients.  The "interview" was coordinated by John.

    5) I find it more than a little curious that Zandstra didn't ask the candidate about his political giving, the basis of pro-lifers' criticism.

    Mr. Snyder has not addressed his donation history.


    -Why has he chosen to give thousands of dollars to a Democratic Congressman?

    -Why was his only political giving in 2008 a giant check scribbled to Cure Michigan, a ballot campaign that supported 100% fatal, 100% obsoleted human experimentation?

    -Why has he given big-bucks to the IMP-PAC, a political organization that exists for the sole purpose of building a pro-abortion wing in the Republican Party?

    6) I am, personally, disappointed that Jerry Zandstra, someone whose stand for life I've always appreciated, decided not to address the root issues.  But I'm just one guy.

    What do YOU think?

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    Snyder was lazy and bought into hype, or backed it (none / 0) (#1)
    by Republican Michigander on Sat Mar 21, 2009 at 01:33:17 PM EST
    The "Cure Michigan" donation is a major strike against him. Either he did not read the small print and language of that with a critical eye and bought into the hype, or supported something extremely horrific. Neither is acceptable.


    Damage Control (none / 0) (#2)
    by Chad on Sat Mar 21, 2009 at 02:18:15 PM EST
    The Zandstra interview looks like damage control to me.  Snyder's candidacy may be a non-starter after the RM article.

    This needs to stop (none / 0) (#3)
    by ProudRepub on Sat Mar 21, 2009 at 02:24:22 PM EST
    This entire situation is pathetic.  The fact that other "Republicans" are getting behind him is very infuriating.  We need strong, conservative candidates.  Why are some still not catching on to that?? Do we need to lose more for people to realize that?  The less conservative the party has been, the more we have lost.  Abortion is a hot button issue for many, and that can and most likely, will cost him support from true members of the Party.

    What B.S. (1.00 / 1) (#4)
    by jbark007 on Sat Mar 21, 2009 at 02:59:39 PM EST
    So apparently anyone who's not a socialist automatically thinks they can be the Republican candidate for governor?

    He's not a Republican!
    He gives money to help kill babies!
    Is it too much to ask to believe in low taxes AND the rights of the unborn?

    Yob, enjoy your 30 pieces of silver!

    Zandstra: You are better than this, don't let these people ruin your reputation.

    Break the Slience (none / 0) (#5)
    by michelleclark on Sat Mar 21, 2009 at 04:29:49 PM EST
    Maybe Snyder will not talk because he has something to hide.  For example, the fact that his company, Gateway, provided benefits to same sex partners. That is something I would like to know more about.  How about you?

    You say you want a Revolution. Well (none / 0) (#6)
    by live dangerously on Sat Mar 21, 2009 at 05:05:36 PM EST
    Thomas Sowell wrote a nice piece about the internal revolution the Republican party is in.  He called it a civil war.  I've blogged about it in our county party Nick has placed RM right on the cutting edge of the battle.

    We just got done listening to the likes of Obama and Clinton before him making themselves sound like they were conservatives then quickly change their tune after the election.  I don't want to listen to the same thing in our party.

    It used to be I believed in the saying "If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck" then it is a duck.  Well in this day and age of slippery politicians, I want to see it fly before I believe.  If not then it is just another stick in the mud Rhino, plodding on towards more electoral doom, with their wishy washy ways.

    Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

    What did his company do? (none / 0) (#7)
    by RightMacomb on Sat Mar 21, 2009 at 06:07:22 PM EST
    Snyder stated his company worked on micro and nanotechnology.  But, as Nick reported, he gave a sizable contribution to the effort to legalize embryonic stem cell research here in Michigan.

    So, another question for Nick's list...did Snyder's Company want to be able to experiment on babies?

    you folks are ALL WRONG on Snyder... (none / 0) (#8)
    by buddywhitley on Sat Mar 21, 2009 at 09:01:29 PM EST
    This guy appears to be the opposite of what he is being accused of.

    He is not a social moderate and financial conservative. Based on his interviews so far, he is a social moderate AND a fiscal liberal.

    Check out the Zandstra "interview". Snyder is the former head of the MI Economic Development Corporation. As in corporate welfare, government-managed economic interference, special tax rates for the centrally-planned chosen few, etc. The MEDC has been an unmitigated disaster in socialist central planning. This guy helped create this monster? Ugh!

    In my experience, the only people who can be trusted to be "fiscally conservative and socially moderate" are libertarians who simply oppose government intervention in either spheres. Most self-described GOP "soc mods" are the William Milliken-Joe Schwarz-Pan Godchaux "republicans" who are ANYTHING BUT fiscally conservative.

    I know it is early, but I want friggin' solid proof of fiscally conservative credentials and the damn MEDC is a terrible start! He couldn't even answer MIRS on whether he supports the MBT surcharge? No Republican should have ANY trouble answering THAT question!

    With regard to social issues, his Zandstra answer on gay marriage is identical to Obama's position. I believe it also mirrors Granholm's: "no" on gay marriage, "yes" on equivalent arrangements.  

    Sounds like a winner. (none / 0) (#9)
    by thejmfc on Sat Mar 21, 2009 at 09:53:42 PM EST
    It's a sad day when a candidate can't answer the most basic questions about his stand on the issues.  If that's not a gigantic red flag, I don't know what is.

    Why is this guy running as a Republican, anyway?  John Cherry should be ripe for the picking on the Democratic side, as tied to Granholm's legacy of doom as he is.

    No matter.  I can't see this guy doing well in the primary.  Zero name-recognition, and when you find out who he is, you like him even less.  

    what about what we need!? (none / 0) (#10)
    by prouddaughters12 on Sat Mar 21, 2009 at 10:22:52 PM EST
    Sure Snyder has donated money to various places as stated above but that doesn't mean he is wrong to bring us back. Snyder has what it takes to bring Michigan out of the Economic Depression we stand in. Everyone should just wait and listen to what he has to says instead of judging by what you hear and see in the papers. Rick Snyder just needs us to give him a chance. We are in need of a good Governor.

    He's tight with Phil Power's Center for Michigan (none / 0) (#13)
    by Republican Michigander on Sat Mar 21, 2009 at 11:40:54 PM EST

    Guard's up even further. That's the group pushing for a con-con.

    Center for Michigan/Citizens for Michigan (none / 0) (#14)
    by Republican Michigander on Sun Mar 22, 2009 at 12:43:33 AM EST

    This was the "Citizens for Michigan" proposal for wanting a constitutional convention which wants to, among other things, eliminate the safeguards against property tax increases. I had a back and forth with Dennis Lennox over the merits of a con/con, and used Citizens for Michigan as a reason why I do not support it. Fiscal and social issues alike. It was founded by Phil Power and lead by people like Joe Schwarz and Frank Kelley.

    The "Center for Michigan" is a left-leaning think tank which is a counterpart to the Mackinac Center. It was also started by Phil Power. Rick Snyder is tied to this group as is Joe Schwarz, Jack Lessenberry, and that crowd.

    As for who Phil Power is, he's a former UM trustee (D) and was the publisher for Hometown Newspapers. They ran the Livingston County Press/Brighton Argus and the Observer and Eccentric papers until they were bought by Gannett a few years back. Phil Power was the top editor and wrote a regular column for the paper. I will say this much....I always did read what he wrote. I almost always disagreed with what he wrote, too.

    This guy needs to be watched closely (none / 0) (#15)
    by lisa210 on Sun Mar 22, 2009 at 01:00:43 PM EST
    In order to prevent another McCain debacle from happening again we need to not only look at Snyder but also who is backing him.  We saw how a tight group ran around Michigan proclaiming McCain to be a true conservative.  Lets not be fooled again!

    RINO (none / 0) (#16)
    by pweeks on Sun Mar 22, 2009 at 03:37:05 PM EST
    I will give him the benefit of the doubt.  But, as I told Congressman Ehler's office recently, I will vote for a socialist democrat (I know, redundant)before I vote for another RINO.

    Strike 3--Snyder Opposes Defense of Marriage Amend (none / 0) (#17)
    by michiganperspective on Sun Mar 22, 2009 at 04:22:21 PM EST
    Rick Snyder is a liberal, liberal, liberal.  Check this out:

    Jerry Zandstra:  "What about gay marriage?   Rick Snyder:  I believe that marriage is a sacred bond between a man and a woman and thus oppose gay marriage.  I also believe people have the right to enter into other types of agreements other than marriage."

    Right to arrange in agreements--including civil unions, the gateway to same-sex marriage. Rick Snyder would have opposed the Defense of Marriage amendment in 2004 (amendment language below).  We have to stop this guy before he tries to buy the party. Snyder can't buy me. He can't buy you. But he obviously can buy the Yobs and Jerry Zandstra.  Pro-choice, pro-same sex marriage.  I'll take a conservative over Snyder.

    Article 1, section 25.  To secure and preserve the benefits of marriage for our society and for future generations of children, the union of one man and one woman in marriage shall be the only agreement recognized as a marriage or similar union for any purpose.

    Bump with Super Bowl Ad (none / 0) (#19)
    by Republican Michigander on Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 01:36:40 AM EST
    Who is Rick Snyder? Here we can find out.

    Bump for primary (none / 0) (#20)
    by Republican Michigander on Mon Aug 02, 2010 at 08:37:45 PM EST
    No Rick Michigan.

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