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    A Challenger to Chairman Schostak

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 09:10:58 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan Republican Party, February 2013 State Convention, Chairman Robert Schostak, Kent County Republican Committee, December 2012 County Convention, Chairman Sam Moore (all tags)

    We have, several times on this site this nearly-past year, made the case that current Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak doesn't deserve a second term at the helm of state party.  And while I haven't begun to make the case in detail yet for his ouster, I should probably note that at least one challenger has already formally announced.

    In an e-mail sent out to the Kent GOP Executive Committee earlier today:

    Many of you have been inquiring about my future plans and if I will be running again for county chair.  While being the Kent County Chair and working with all of you to implement a successful plan to raise the necessary money and build the grassroots organization to win has been the greatest honor of my life, I have decided that it's time to step aside and let a new team take the reins for the next two years.

    I have been approached by grassroots activists, elected officials, and donors to consider pursuing a new endeavor.

    Today I am announcing my bid for Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.  I hope I can count on the support of each and every one of you as I seek to help build a stronger party in the State of Michigan.

    I believe having experience leading a county party organization is critical to the success of our state party going forward.  In order to deliver the votes necessary to carry Michigan in 2014, we must work with our county organizations and help build them up like we have done at the Kent GOP.  I want to take what we have built together and implement it state-wide.

    Sam Moore was not one of the names that I'd originally envisioned in the mix to challenge Schostak for state party chair, but he is, without question, a logical choice.  It'll be interesting to see who else, if anyone else, steps into the mix.

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    How good was he with Kent County? (none / 0) (#1)
    by Republican Michigander on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 01:59:54 AM EST
    Does Sam Moore have the experience? That's my concern since I think he's younger than I am. That doesn't mean he can't do the job, but this is a decision I want to make sure I get right.

    I know of Sam and met him before, but I don't really know much about him except that he's active. I do know that Kent County has a good cross section of the good, bad, and ugly of politics, so if he handled that well, then it's a good sign.

    Can he fundraise? Did he lead the party to tough wins? I think Amash was a tough defense that went well, but I don't know about the commissioner seats. Was he involved in that Roy Schmidt fiasco or was he blindsided like most others? Does he keep the peace with respect between both tea party and establishment wings (without being doubleflanked by both sides)? Who would be his executive director and which consulting firms (if any) does he prefer? (FYI - I'm mostly in campaign finance compliance, and MRP's campaign finance person has been there through several chairs and does a real good job so I'm not angling for an admin position there). What would he change and what would he keep from the last two years at MRP?

    That last question. What would he change and what would he keep from the last two years at MRP can go to Schostak as well. Or anyone else interested.

    What's the yellow box for? (none / 0) (#2)
    by InksLWC on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 02:05:56 AM EST
    I don't get it...

    And the Survey Monkey . . . (none / 0) (#4)
    by Kevin Rex Heine on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 07:31:48 AM EST
    . . . is already taking a run at this:

    Question # 1:  Do you believe that Bobby Schostak deserves re-election after the 2012 election results?  (I'm a little surprised that "unsure" is actually an option here.)

    Question # 2:  In the race for Michigan Republican Party Chairman, which of the following potential candidates would be your first choice?

    • Dave Agema
    • Todd Courser
    • Victor Diaz
    • Norm Hughes
    • Sam Moore
    • Bobby Schostak
    • undecided

    Question # 3 is a repeat of question # 2, except asking for "second choice."

    Lemme help you, twInks (1.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Corinthian Scales on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 07:47:21 AM EST
    Do yourself a favor.  Take your fat air-head friend, and declare yourselves Democrats already.

    Moderates... soon to be a distant treacherous memory.

    And, don't let the door hit either of your asses on your way out.

    Tutti e due sono bambini con merda al posto del cervello.

    • OK... by InksLWC, 11/20/2012 12:09:28 PM EST (none / 0)
    Sam Moore for MIGOP Chairman: (none / 0) (#20)
    by Kevin Rex Heine on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 10:29:48 AM EST
    In an e-mail sent out about 8 hours after the email referenced in the original post:
    Dear Friends,

    With the 2012 election behind us, we need to look forward to the 2014 election cycle.  I am convinced we need leadership dedicated to strengthening our local organizations.

    It's no secret our grassroots activists were thirsty for victory, but for months, a lack of supplies and support left our volunteers and organizations in tremendously difficult positions.

    We need a true partner in the state party; someone who is able to put their experience to work in building our local organizations.  I want to be that partner and have decided to seek the Chairmanship of the Michigan Republican Party.

    I look forward to speaking with each of you in the coming days and weeks about my vision and what we can accomplish by working together to build strong and sustainable local organizations.

    As Kent County GOP Chair, I am proud of what our team has been able to accomplish this cycle.  As a strong local organization, we raised $1.3 million for the cycle, mailed over 60,000 pieces of literature to support our candidates, distributed over 400,000 pieces of candidate materials in the final 15 days of the campaign, and we worked with our candidates to stuff and mail over 40,000 pieces of A/V mail to arrive on the same day as the voters ballot.  All of this helped turn our county from losing by 1,500 votes in 2008 to winning by over 22,000 votes in 2012.  This effort allowed us to win every seat that we targeted to win - including maintaining a 15-4 majority on our county commission (we lost three of these seats in 2008).

    I'm ready to go to work with you to produce a winning plan that is tailored to the individual local organizations throughout the State of Michigan.  I look forward to traveling the state and meeting with as many activists as possible.

    Thanks for all that you have done for the party!


    Sam Moore

    The listed campaign address is:  Sam Moore for MIGOP Chairman | P. O. Box 4 | Grayling | MI | 49738 . . . so I suppose that any campaign contributions can be sent there (assuming that campaign contributions are appropriate).

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