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    Grassroots Call For Saul Anuzis As RNC Chair

    By jenkuz, Section News
    Posted on Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 10:06:37 AM EST
    Tags: Ann Wagner, conservatism, Gentry Collins, grassroots, Maria Cino, Michael Steele, Michigan GOP, Mike Duncan, Reince Priebus, Republican Party, RNC chair, Saul Anuzis, social media (all tags)


    I don't pretend to know and understand the ins and outs of internal party races like the RNC chair race, but I do know this, it makes sense for former MIGOP chairman Saul Anuzis to become chairman of the Republican National Committee.

    Saul has been the first to throw in for the race, and Steele is expected to announce his intentions this evening.  Others who have formally announced according to Anuzis' blog are "former Bush Administration Official Maria Cino, RNC Legal Counsel & WI Chair Reince Priebus,"and," Ambassador Ann Wagner."  Still, it is not clear if former Republican National Committee political director Gentry Collins is in yet, Collins left the RNC in a huff decrying Steele's ineptness at fundraising and his mismanagement of funds, nor is it clear if former RNC chair Mike Duncan is in.  Regardless, the field is crowded, and may get more so.

    Putting aside all the politicking, my purpose for encouraging endorsements for Saul Anuzis is from a purely grassroots level.

    I have never met Saul Anuzis, but I know him.  I entered the Michigan Republican Party less than a week after Barack Obama was elected President.  Anuzis was on his way out as Michigan Party chair, and I heard him speak at the February of 2009 convention in Lansing.  Saul's outgoing message to the convention was one of conservatism, principled leadership, and republicanism.  He reminded everyone that the Republican party was founded in Michigan, "Under the Oaks."  It was not long after the convention that I realized what Anuzis was doing to help people like me become more involved in the Republican Party.

    Through his facebook, blog and twitter account, Anuzis shares information and creates a notable relationship between himself and members of the Party.  It is my view that he led the internet charge during this last election cycle here in Michigan, even though Ron Weiser was MIGOP chair.  That ability to contact and connect people from all walks of life and plug them in to the conservative message of the GOP is as valuable as gold.  Anuzis won over many conservatives who had never been involved in the Republican party before, to the cause of defeating the Obama agenda, and democrats in general.  The grassroots turned Michigan red, and that relationship between the grassroots and the suits is what the RNC needs.

    I cannot think of a better, more clear reason to vote for an RNC chair at a time when so many are so upset at the RNC.  Too many times the RNC has gotten itself involved in primaries and tried to pick winners prior to the people casting their votes.  It is unconscionable that the RNC acted as kingmakers and plenty of GOPers let it be known by refusing to give money to the RNC, instead electing to give money directly to the candidates of their choice.  Anuzis has made it clear that raising money is important in being RNC chair, but now that the Republican Party has the potential of massive grassroots support via the tea party and conservative causes nationwide, there has to be someone at the helm who understands the problem.  Saul does.

    The Republican Party in Michigan has been on life support for years.  It is my view that it has only recently come alive, not due to Ron Weiser's leadership, but Saul's grassroots outreach.  Of course money is the mother's milk of politics, as Duncan has said, but so is what has driven our wins in this last most crucial election cycle, those people who have not money, but time and ability to influence.  To be blind to the effectiveness of the internet in political campaigning is ridiculously naive and should count Ann Wagner out of this race.  During the recent debate, she mused that the internet is used by women to watch what their children are doing online.  She clearly has not been paying attention to how we won across the country.  Anuzis was correct in his suggestion that, "The largest demographic that's now growing on Facebook are women  between the ages of 45 and 55," he said. "These aren't just kids, guys.  These are our viewers."  (Although I don't completely fill that demographic, let's just say I'm before my time.)

    Anuzis is clear, conservative and focused.  I am in favor of Saul defeating Steele, and I don't look at people's skin color or gender to persuade me in filling jobs.  The RNC needs grassroots driven people at it's head if it expects to keep grassroots working for them in 2012.

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    Really? (none / 0) (#1)
    by geek49203 on Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 12:19:50 PM EST

    So Saul didn't carry Michigan for whats-his-name and Palin.

    And lost the Michigan Senate, and the Governor's mansion.

    And was kinda sorta unable to find a candidate to take on Debbie and Carl.

    Oh, and saw Mark Schauer win in MI-7, and Peters win his race.

    But other than that, he's got what it takes to be the national chair of the GOP!!!


    Don't forget... (none / 0) (#2)
    by archiespeck on Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 01:23:55 PM EST
    ...that we had a golden opportunity to give Uncle Fester Dingell the boot, and couldn't come close to pulling it off.

    He's in... and, once again... (none / 0) (#6)
    by Corinthian Scales on Tue Dec 14, 2010 at 12:15:27 AM EST
    ...Steele plays the race card.

    Mr. Steele said in his remarks prepared for the conference call. "Who you elect as our next chairman will speak volumes about our willingness to truly be the party of Lincoln."

    What a load of crap.  I'm with Joe Hicks on this one.

    Maybe next time the GOP won't behave like Dimocrats and avoid stuff like this.

    On 11/18/2010 (none / 0) (#7)
    by RushLake on Tue Dec 14, 2010 at 06:20:24 AM EST
    during an interview on the Frank Beckman WJR-AM radio program, he did advise Frank that he thought that a guy you railed against, Fred Upton is a conservative. Upton is hardly that as you have noted many times.

    While your points about the results of the 2008 elections have some validity, I guess I would just point out that Anuzis was one of 50 state Republican leaders who did not step up and howl loudly against the direction G. W. Bush and allegedly conservative Republican leaders were taking the country domestically. I can well recall many days listening to him on the Ron Jolly show on WTCM-AM during the 2008 election cycle. Jolly would ask him a question specific to Michigan politics, and Anuzis would go off on about the national race. So perhaps he just wasn't interested in shoring up the Michigan base at that time?

    I also don't recall him, as MIaGOP chairman, making any effort to advance the cause of taking our Karl Lenin. A difficult thing to do, but somebody has to start the ball rolling.

    Anuzis has also come out in favor of net neutrality: http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/14066
    just like many in the regressive democrat party. He is far from conservative IMO.

    I know its not considered polite to come to rightmichigan and rail against one of the boys, but dammit, the country and our freedom is hanging in the balance. There is a huge fight still to be waged by the grassroots not only with the regressives in the democrat party, but also with the people in the Republican party that did not or refuse to listen to the message we sent on 11/2/2010.

    Anuzis also supports the National Popular Vote: (none / 0) (#11)
    by RushLake on Tue Dec 14, 2010 at 02:39:41 PM EST

    The national popular vote is designed to eliminate the electoral college:

    http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/blue-states-to-eliminate-traditional-electoral-college_0720201 0

    Let's do that and turn total control of the country over to places like New York State and the People's Republik of California. Gentry elites of either party have no respect for us faces in the crowd.

    Otis Mathis, RNC Chair re-election? (none / 0) (#13)
    by Corinthian Scales on Tue Dec 14, 2010 at 05:21:16 PM EST
    Yannow, this buffoonery within Republican leadership is getting real old.

    A letter from Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele to fellow RNC members announcing his bid for reelection for chairman is rife with typos.

    On five occasions, Steele failed to capitalize proper nouns. "Today members of the republican national committee [sic] govern themselves versus being ruled by a small cliquish elite," the letter says, as an example.

    On another occasion, the word "but" was repeated twice in a row.

    While not an indictment of Steele's leadership of the RNC, the typos suggest his bid for reelection is a last-minute, frenetic affair.

    "Did he run Microsoft spell check? I think capitalizing `RNC' is kind of basic," noted one Republican operative in reference to another typo.

    Politico's Mike Allen reported that "Steele refused to communicate with his own staff as [he] prepared his bid from a Gmail account."

    Steele's former personal assistant, Belinda Cook, is one aide who remains close to the embattled chairman. Cook introduced Steele on a conference call with RNC members to announce he was running again for chairman.

    This is just un-f#@%ing-believable to have such disordered amateurish behavior seeking another term at the helm of the RNC.  And, Steele's former personal assistant, Belinda Cook?  Sure as hell sounds like $15,000.00 per month to handle Steeles' phone calls is a good gig.

    It all makes me wonder whether ObaMao and his crew are paying Steele to run the GOP... he acts like them.

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