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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Breaking: Michigan is sinking and Cherry is drinking

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Mon Apr 27, 2009 at 11:36:56 AM EST
    Tags: Cherry, Clarke, Bernero, special interests, lobbyists, Granholm, Senate, unemployment, lush, liquor, fundraiser, email (all tags)

    Sure, Michigan's unemployment rate and the rampant job losses dominating the news these days are enough to drive a man to drink, but getting started at 11:30 in the morning seems a tad early.   Maybe even indicative of a problem.

    How much more of a problem, then, if the men and women drowning their sorrows in the middle of the day are the folks voters elected and sent to Lansing specifically to FIX this state's problems?  

    This Thursday morning, while moms and dads across Michigan tighten the family budgets, hunt for jobs and worry about how they're going to put food on the table, 2010 Gubernatorial candidate and current Lieutenant Governor John Cherry, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and state Senator Hansen Clarke will be taking "unbelievable," "inappropriate" and "tone deaf" to disturbing new levels.

    The Lansing Democrats will be getting liquored up with special interest pals and high-dollar donors at an open bar event they are describing as a "Mid-Day Fun-Raiser."  Support a "two hour moratorium on dry political fundraisers," they encourage via an email invitation obtained by RightMichigan.com.  

    The event is scheduled to begin thirty minutes after the Michigan Senate is gaveled into session this Thursday.  

    We've already learned this week that tens of thousands of Michigan jobs will disappear and Friday stands to be one of the most important days in the history of Detroit's automotive industry.  No sense letting THAT stop a good time when there are lobbyists to schmooze and martinis to sip, though.

    So many questions come to mind.  

    Will Lieutenant Governor Cherry and Senator Clarke register their attendance in the Senate during roll call and then make their way over to the open bar?

    Will Cherry and Clarke return to the Senate chamber after having spent the morning and early afternoon imbibing with lobbyists, special interest friends and big dollar donors?

    Will John Cherry and Hansen Clarke be driving themselves or are they planning on using a designated driver?  And will the taxpayers foot the bill?

    Which other House and Senate members, staffers and Democratic Party big-wigs will be inebriated by half-past one in the afternoon?

    And maybe most importantly the day before General Motors submits to the government a last-gasp reorganization plan with hundreds of thousands of Michigan jobs on the line... In what freaking universe does the state's number two guy, a candidate for the highest office in the land, think it's a good idea to waste away the work day partying, booze in hand with lobbyists?

    At the helm, on the clock and getting hammered.  If THAT doesn't scream "leadership" I don't know what does.

    < Lansing, MI Independence Day Tea Party | Government takeovers, broken promises and fraud in Detroit? (Nooooo...) >

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    Holy crap! (none / 0) (#1)
    by KG One on Mon Apr 27, 2009 at 12:30:07 PM EST
    Nick, I think that you highlighted the wrong section.

    $250 for some hootch?!?

    That'll definitely rule out Macomb County Commissioner Irene Kepler

    With that looming budget deficit rapidly approaching, <sarcasm>I'm sooooo glad to see that Lansing is address this problem by getting sauced up!</sarcasm>

    After re-reading this again... (none / 0) (#2)
    by KG One on Mon Apr 27, 2009 at 12:34:04 PM EST
    ...I just caught this:

    "Jennifer Freds
    Office of Senator Hansen Clarke

    I thought that using their office for fund-raising was a major no-no?

    If I'm wrong, then let me know.

    But if I'm right, then I take it that charges are in order?

    Think Positive (none / 0) (#3)
    by Republican Michigander on Mon Apr 27, 2009 at 01:16:59 PM EST
    1. With the way pols drink (what do you expect with so many Irish in politics), that's money going there instead of a campaign mailings, etc. I hope they all get hammered as long as they aren't driving.

    2. If they aren't in their offices, they can't screw us over.

    With the job they do anyway when sober, how much worse can they be drunk?

    Irony is that I used to tip a lot back in my undergrad days, but I almost always limited it to 2 or 3 (spread out) at the most at any political event, and 2 at the most when I'm an offical political position. I refuse to be "that guy" at the events.

    Call Out the DUI Patrols (none / 0) (#4)
    by RightMacomb on Mon Apr 27, 2009 at 03:19:38 PM EST
    Good to see that they are nice enough to point people where to park "Parking Available on the Street or in the city lot across the street"

    The state police should look at this as a way to get some more revenue...stake out a few patrol cars by the parking lot and just look for the Dems coming out of the event stumbling to their vehicles.

    • Better yet by jgillmanjr, 04/27/2009 03:42:13 PM EST (none / 0)
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