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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Who I Voted For

    By kenmatesevac, Section News
    Posted on Sun Aug 01, 2010 at 04:44:54 PM EST
    Tags: Jack Hoogendyk, Fred Upton, Tonya Schuitmaker, Lorence Wenke, Larry Deshazor, Aric Nesbitt, Frank Thompson, Pete Hoekstra, Mike Bouchard, Mike Cox, Tom George, Rick Snyder (all tags)

    This will be my last election to vote in Michigan, as I have recently begun a new job in South Carolina.  I have already cast my ballot absentee after much thought and investigation.  Geographically, I live in eastern Van Buren County, near Kalamazoo.  And with nothing but respect for my Republican brethren who civilly disagree with me, here's who I encourage you, too, to vote for:

    U.S. Representative, 6th District: Jack Hoogendyk

    Hoogendyk is looking to upset incumbent Fred Upton, and I hope he does. Hoogendyk has a record, from his six years in the Michigan House, of sound fiscal and social conservatism. He is a Christian man who has shown that he will vote as he speaks. He is predictable; he does not seek which way the wind blows before deciding how to cast a vote. You know what you are getting...and in his case, I like it. A lot.

    Upton, on the other hand, has been a case study in political expediency. He is not reliably conservative. He has voted with the democrats too many times on issues that matter, such as the surge vote several years ago, the TARP bailout, and the Cash for Clunkers bill (a failure of which he was one of the leading cheerleaders).

    Republicans have a clear choice, and they need to make the most of it.

    State Senate, 20th District: Tonya Schuitmaker

    Tonya is another politician who has put her votes where her mouth has been. She is consistently conservative, pro-life, and fiscally sound. She has done a great job, worked hard, and reached out to her constituents (including me) during the past six years she has served in the State House. In short, Michigan needs her and 147 similar people in the Legislature.

    I have not been impressed with Lorence Wenke's credentials as a conservative, although he (or Larry DeShazor) both would be vastly superior to the candidate running on the other ticket. DeShazor seems like a good guy but for the most part his record is not as long as Tonya's.

    80th House District: Aric Nesbitt

    There are two candidates in this six-way race that stand out to me: Aric Nesbitt and Frank Thompson. I think that both of them can be fine representatives for the people of Van Buren County.

    Frank's background is business-oriented. He has been a small-business owner in our county for a long time; he's a family man (married for 42 years); he takes a good stand on the issues. I certainly won't begrudge anyone who wants to vote for him.

    Aric's background is somewhat different. He is much younger; I believe he is still single. He has spent most of his working life in the political world. He also takes a good stand on the issues and shares my values. His one liability, in my book, is that he has spent most of the past decade working outside of Michigan and in DC, which is not necessarily an asset.

    But Aric has one big advantage in my book, too: He has demonstrated that he will reach out to others. He has both called me personally and visited my house a few Saturdays ago (disclaimer: I think he was just working his way through my neighborhood, as opposed to seeking me out individually) and discussed the issues with me. And if you know me, you probably realize I would ask him straight questions. I liked his answers, and I like his energy.

    Governor: Pete Hoekstra

    As in the state House race above, I see two candidates who stand out above the rest: Pete Hoekstra and Mike Bouchard. I think either one would make a good governor for Michigan. I give Hoekstra the nod in my book.

    A word on the other candidates: I have not been pleased with Rick Snyder's avoidance of taking good positions on social conservative issues. His economic ideas seem sound (something that's true for all five GOP candidates), but I can't say too much else in his favor. Mike Cox has demonstrated a penchant for "being a politician" and has already behaved badly with some of his misleading advertisements against Hoekstra. Tom George, who is from Kalamazoo and whom I know personally, has not convinced me of his fiscal conservatism, demonstrated oh-so-terribly with his tax hike vote a few years ago--a vote that helped swing the critical Senate vote to the democrats.

    Bouchard has a lot going for him. His stands on the issues are solid, and his experience in Oakland County will be valuable. Pete Hoekstra, however, has demonstrated a very strong friendship with pro-family and pro-life groups, including reaching out to homeschoolers and supporting local control of public education. He also has a long record in Congress; most of it is very good.

    Be sure you vote on Tuesday!

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    by JGillman on Sun Aug 01, 2010 at 10:54:56 PM EST
    Jack is my man.  I hope he upsets Upton.

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