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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Is MI GOP Gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder a pro-abort?

    By Theblogprof, Section News
    Posted on Fri Mar 05, 2010 at 10:44:44 PM EST
    Tags: abortion, Michigan, elections, RINO, McCain (all tags)

    Conservative principles are simple - limited government, low taxes, personal freedom and liberty. The latter is not possible without your life. Our Founding Fathers, in their wisdom, listed life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as our unalienable rights in the Declaration of Independence. It is interesting that the list is in the exact order it should be in since you cannot pursue happiness without liberty, and surely can't have liberty without life. Liberals have turned that on its head by stealing our liberty piece by piece by way of an ever-expanding government that is on an unending campaign to put every citizen under its thumb through government dependency. Even worst, the first unalienable right - life - is no more. At least not for babies. Or the infirm. Or seniors. But every bleeding-hearted liberal is against capital punishment for murderers. Be that as it may, conservative principles have been the mainstay of the Republican party. That is, until 'moderates' came onto the scene. These are people that call themselves Republicans, but don't stand on conservative principles. It is hard in fact to figure out what foundation they do stand on.

    Thus enter Rick Snyder, one of several GOP gubernatorial candidates this year. I have at least met most of the other candidates with the exception of Snyder. A year ago, I couldn't have told you who the man was, but he has launched a campaign that included a SuperBowl campaign ad. The theme? Michigan needs a nerd:

    The fact that he didn't identify himself as a Republican in the ad was a bit bothersome. So I had to ask - what does a nerd believe?

    More below the fold...

    I'll set aside the fact that Gateway tanked while he was at the helm and instead go after the meat of my curiosity - is he a conservative? It doesn't take much digging to see at least who he surrounds himself with. Enter John Weaver, Snyder's chief campaign strategist, who is also on the MA gubernatorial campaign of Tim Cahill. The problem with that? From The Atlantic: Introduce Yourself to Tim Cahill
    Mr. Cahill is running as an independent for governor of Massachusetts. He is the state treasurer. And today, his campaign will make a major announcement. Watch for it -- it'll shake up the race in an interesting way. It involves his high command: John Weaver, formerly John McCain's chief strategist, Mark Salter, McCain's voice and co-author, and Michael Dennehy, McCain's New Hampshire campaign architect, will be joining the campaign. Cahill fits the profile of a New England independent: he's fiscally conservative and socially moderate. Pro choice, for same-sex marriage. He was a Democrat until recently.
    Pro-choice. Moderate. McCain. These are not the kind of things I look for in a GOP candidate at any level whatsoever. So why is Snyder's chief campaign strategist working also with a pro-abort? Another story on Weaver is that he abandoned the Republican party to be a Democrat before turning back. From the Washington Post: John McCain's Inner Circle
    * John Weaver: Weaver is to McCain as Karl Rove is to George W. Bush. A longtime political hand from Texas, Weaver took McCain's defeat in 2000 hard -- leaving the Republican party to do work as a Democratic strategist for a brief time in the 2002 election (Weaver ceased all political activity for the better part of three years as he battled leukemia.) Weaver has since made peace with Rove and was integral in the recruitment of former members of Bush world during the early days of McCain's presidential bid.
    Yikes. The guy has RINO written all over him. Working for McCain says a lot as well. McCain is a RINO who purports to be a conservative, especially a fiscal conservative, yet on that fiscal side has voted for fiscal irresponsibility. As Michelle Malkin points out:
    ...to this day, McCain refuses to admit his own individual responsibility for supporting the pre-socialization of the economy started under George W. Bush and continued under Obama. And fellow Republicans continue to whitewash McCain's fiscal irresponsibility record.

    McCain has never admitted he was wrong about his support of:

    *The $700 billion all-purpose, earmark-stuffed TARP bailout;
    *The $25 billion auto bailout;
    *The $300 billion mortgage entitlement bailout; and
    *The first $85 billion AIG bailout.
    Let's not also forget that McCain is a global warming alarmist, and was the prime mover of amnesty for illegal aliens. Certainly no constitutional conservative. Speaking of McCain, former national McCain strategist John Yob is also on Snyders campaign.

    Now far be it for me to pin Snyder as a pro-abort because of his associations, although people like Yob and Weaver aren't just people he knows 'from his neighborhood.' They are his generals. I'd like to ask Snyder himself as to his stance on the life issue. But all I have to go on now is his associations. Well, that and his donation record, which is perhaps even more troubling. From OpenSecrets.org, Snyder was a regular, rather than a one-time, donor to John Dingell (D-Detroit), a big pusher of ObamaCare, giving him thousands of dollars over almost 10 years. Why? If that wasn't bad enough, Synder has dumped a lot of his substantial fortune into to the group Its My Party Too, or IMP-PAC, a branch of the "Republican Leadership Council," a group of moderates. From Townhall:

    ... I am also concerned about Steele's association with Christine Todd Whitman and the Main Streeters (as recently as today, Whitman urged the GOP to abandon social conservatism). Along with Christine Todd Whitman and John Danforth, Steele is a National Co-Chair of the Republican Leadership Council. ... Their website has this to say about their mission:

    "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..."
    If you boil down the essence of the IMP-PAC, it comes down to this: they want abortion on demand as part of the GOP platform. Not. Going. To. Happen. Thus, I am in these next few months going to attempt to ask all of the gubernatorial candidates their stances on the issues, including the issue of life. I will try and ask Mr. Snyder as well. Although the above evidence doesn't look good, I'm going to let him speak for himself. Like most conservatives, I am not a single-issue voter. However, the life issue holds absolute veto power with me and with many conservatives. That is, I look at all the issues, but I will not vote for a pro-abort. Never have. Never will. When my time comes to give an account, how would I possibly justify throwing babies under the bus in exchange for.. what? I thought the economy would be better? A few extra pieces of silver in my pocket? How ludicrous would that be?
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    Good work blogprof (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by michiganmav on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 09:31:58 AM EST
    McLame Light (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by grannynanny on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 01:07:32 PM EST
    We do not need a John McCain light here and I do not like what I am seeing and hearing about Snyder.  I am not a fan of Mike Cox either (too much of a snake in the grass). Still leaning towards Hoekstra even though he would come out of Washington but I think he may have the moxy of Chris Christie to weed out the waste, cut spending and stand up to the unions. He certainly seems outspoken in his convictions.

    Any thoughts out there what would happen if DeVos decided to run again?  

    Rick WHO??? (none / 0) (#4)
    by jrfoleyjr on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 04:52:28 PM EST
    Is this the same Rick Snyder that is listed by OpenSecrets.org as having donated to Democrat John Dingell?

    Looks to me that he is a rich opportunist looking to buy a seat using McCain's Michigan "Team Yob" to orchestrate his campaign. They are getting smarter about running complete unknowns for office... no back trail to examine. Quite similar to Obama.

    • You are right by grannynanny, 03/06/2010 05:24:25 PM EST (none / 0)
    That's reason enough right there... (none / 0) (#6)
    by KG One on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 06:10:18 PM EST
    ...not to support Snyder: surrounding himself with McCain people!

    After doing some reading on the others in this race, I'm becoming less and less impressed with the whole lot of 'em.

    Between candidates lacking good judgment, to candidates not being able to keep their word, I'm failing to see anyone who stands out as a real leader that we desperately need in 2010.

    Does know if the US Taxpayers Party of Michigan or the Libertarian Party is running someone (ANYONE) this fall?

    Michigan doesn't need (none / 0) (#7)
    by BruceB on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 09:11:04 PM EST
    a Nerd running it!  It has had a Nerd running it for the past 7 years!  

    Michigan needs someone who is determined to put Michigan back to work making things that Americans and people around the world want to buy for a price that people here and around the world can afford to pay!  
    State Of Michigan, quit picking winners (filmmakers-windmills-batteries-etc.) and lower taxes on all businesses currently in business in Michigan instead of reducing taxes for your buddies.    
    Reduce taxes on all businesses to the taxes paid by the State with the lowest taxes on business in the country, or lower!  
    Find the State with businesses flocking to it, Texas maybe, and emulate that states regulation of business.  
    We don't need someone smarter than the rest of us, we need someone who will listen to the rest of us!  

    Whitewashed (none / 0) (#8)
    by PublicSkool on Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 01:45:30 PM EST
    I searched his website at length and couldn't find anything about abortion, "choice," or reproductive "rights."  

    It's even like he's vague about his position; there simply are no references to this issue whatsoever.

    • Snyder by dnlchisholm, 03/25/2010 08:30:21 PM EST (none / 0)
    Snyder dumped money to embryo research (none / 0) (#9)
    by Republican Michigander on Mon Mar 08, 2010 at 09:13:01 AM EST
    "Cure Michigan", the ballot committee behind the embryo research proposal disguised as stem cell research.

    Snyder backed it with his cash.

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