The fight the people of this nation are in to change the make up of Congress and install Conservative Leadership, is crucial to this nation's survival. That's why I am so excited that another conservative icon has endorsed Dan Benishek for Congress.
Erick Erickson, the Editor-In-Chief of Redstate.com, is highly regarded as an influential activist and a plain-spoken conservative who is able to articulate in writing the thoughts of so many concerned citizens.
Dan Benishek is in a fight against everything we oppose. His "Republican" opponent has sold himself out to the unions and they love him. Between freedom and tyranny, Dan's opponent has routinely sided with the tyranny of unions that want to impose their ways of not doing business on you and me.
This is a Hoffman v. Scozzafava race and it is within a Republican Primary.
We need to support Dan Benishek. The alternative would be too much.
Yes, in fact it would be devastating. The alternative is Jason Allen, who is right now benefiting from the serge of some tea party influences for another candidate. The tea party organizers have decided to endorse candidates, and in many instances that has hurt Stillings, the candidate in question. But the fact remains that the votes for the tea party endorsed candidate would be a vote for Allen, a liberal Republican with ties to every big government attempt to attract business to Michigan in a most egregious pattern of crony capitalism.
A friend and fellow Michigan Conservative Activist puts things this way:
A HARD NOSED ASSESSMENT OF JASON ALLEN'S CHANCES OF WINNING IN NOVEMBER
With Mr. Stupak off to greener pastures, it's important for Michigan and the country that the 1st Cong. District not fall back into the hands of Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat party. Of the two most likely Republican candidates, only Dan Benishek can win in November. It would be disastrous if Jason Allen were to win on August 3rd. He has too many unrepairable negatives going forward into the fall campaign, making him an easy target for Democrat McDowell. It will be a needless philosophical setback for the tea party-related and anti-establishment enthusiasm that has finally and appropriately grabbed the anti-spending, anti-Obama health care, pro-individual liberty, pro-limited government heart and soul of this nation.
The key to any Republican win is for the candidate to do extremely well in the U.P. or to carry it outright. Benishek can do this but Allen can't. Here's why:
Mr. Allen possesses a wide array of equal opportunity negatives sufficient to trouble Republican and Democrat alike -- negatives the Democrats will push at even a faster pace after the primary.
Democrats (and Republicans) are already turned off by Allen's crassly opportunistic and, some say, underhanded move into a rural district in which he does not live and with which he has no deep rooted sociological connection. "Carpetbagger," is not a good title to be toting around during a critical campaign.
Any number of UP Democrats and former lukewarm Stupak supporters are poised to be turned off by their sense that Allen is a "typical rich Republican" who not only does not come from Ishpeming, Manistique or Iron Mountain, but rather from the "Grosse Pointe of the North," Traverse City. Allen will also be seen by many as being inherently incapable of understanding the way everyday UP residents look at the world.
With each passing election cycle the increasingly liberal Mr. Allen reveals himself to small government Republicans as being a Republican in name only. He regularly votes for or introduces legislation on behalf of those offering him the most "help" as it relates to his career ambitions. The highly respected Mackinac Center in Midland, Michigan views Allen as routinely pandering to special interests - whomever they may be. See: http://www.mackinac.org/12398 See also: http://www.mackinac.org/12357 See also: http://www.rightmichigan.com/story/2010/4/23/23928/9309
Jason Allen will not excite the enthusiasm of those potential Republican campaign volunteers such as those currently working for Benishek...those tired of business as usual in Lansing and Washington. Such folks might or might not vote for Allen in November. They will certainly not volunteer to help his fall campaign.
In 2009 Mr. Allen accepted a $2,000 campaign contribution from that infamous architect of ACORN, the Service Employees International Union. This gift arrived suspiciously close to the time frame in which the SEIU asked Allen to introduce a bill (SB 731) that would have unionized some 42,000 bewildered Michigan home health care workers. Once the flak started rolling in over such a crass betrayal of free market principles, Allen scrambled around to get the bill changed, but the damage to his reputation as a Republican was already done. It's important that you see www.mackinac.org/11539 for validation.
Jason Allen has made three fatal mistakes. His under the radar move into a rural district for which he has no natural interest. He is a long time career professional whose true political/spiritual loyalty is to Lansing and himself, not to the likes of Baraga County or Gladstone, Michigan. Third, the unconscionable deal with the SEIU which revealed for all time the kind of person he is behind the conservative mask.
The degree of ease with which Dan Benishek will beat Democrat Gary McDowell in November is the same degree of ease with which McDowell and the Stupak machine will beat Jason Allen. And, we'll be stuck with another Pelosi Democrat. We dare not allow this to happen.