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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    As If Nothing Ever Happened - Day 26

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 07:10:53 PM EST
    Tags: "Dele-Gate", Michigan, Republicans, MIGOP, Saul Anuzis, Musings, Tests, Character, Principle, RNC (all tags)

    If one was to forget about February 29, life goes on for those who simply had to stonewall.

    Some of those who pretend they deserve the leadership positions within the Michigan GOP probably wish the issue could be silently allowed to pass on. The campaign which had been affected most directly has already made a point that it takes such underhanded manipulation of the rules a little more seriously.  Only a few days ago, the story began appearing in the regular media again.  This time with a promise by Reince Priebus that it would be looked into:

    "Now, Santorum campaign officials say Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has offered personal assurances to a lawyer for Santorum that the RNC would look into the matter.

    Priebus, according to sources on Santorum's team, recently told Santorum campaign counsel Cleta Mitchell, a prominent Washington lawyer, that he would take action on a letter she sent to the RNC earlier this month requesting an "investigation" into what led a six-member committee of Michigan GOP officials to award 16 delegates to Romney and 14 to Rick Santorum after the race appeared to end in a delegate tie."

    It DID end in a delegate tie.

    We have demonstrated it already, with the rules, with statements by those voting FOR the change, (Schostak Feb 8) and with statements and memos by the honorable folks like Mike Cox, and Eric Doster.  We have pointed out the glaring hypocrisy, underhanded subterfuge of the process, and the subsequent damage control efforts convincing decent folk to support such treachery within the grand old party in Michigan.

    We should take this opportunity to remind at least one of them, that the memory of inappropriate management will be a heck of a lot slower to die.  Below the fold ~

    Ever the showman, the ringleader of the delegate debacle Saul Anuzis, continues his sideshow newsletter, demonstrating there are indeed suckers "born every minute", and willing to suffer the lie of his conservatism so easily dropped into eagerly waiting in-boxes.

    Its hard to argue with great conservative positions that the man espouses, and its even harder to challenge his conservatism when examining years of conservative prose and activity.  The actions and deeds of the political past, short of his advocacy of National Popular Vote would paint Mr Anuzis as a man not of a moderate positioning, but one who clearly resides on the right.  That one issue, the NPV position, as heavy with Jon Soro's money on one side of the tug-of-war as it is, still does not move the anchoring positions too far on its own.

    The corrupt action by the MiGOP credentials committee on the 29th of February was clearly of Anuzis design however.

    And now Saul wants you to forget it ever happened. The Jedi Mind Trick might have a use yet. From his weekly "musings":

    RNC National Committeeman for Michigan

    Today, I am formally announcing my candidacy for re-election as Michigan's National Committeeman.  It has been an honor to serve as your representative on the Republican National Committee.

    I would like to formally and humbly as for your support and vote at the next state convention coming up in May.

    Humbly.  Honor.  Representative.

    Sure, if one would like to have someone at least represent the darker side of our personalities.  A side that enjoins an "at any cost" core.  If one has a misguided understanding of the word "honor", and thinks humbleness is a trait best expressed by cheats, and trickery.

    I have had both the privilege and honor serving as one of Michigan's three members on the Republican National Committee.  Over the last 6 years, I haven't missed a single meeting and have been asked to serve as Chairman of the RNC Technology Committee as well as a member of the committees on Rules, Temporary Delegate Selection Committee, 2012 Compliance Committee and the Committee on Arrangements for the 2012 National Convention.

    I have traveled extensively across our state to virtually every county over the last 6 years.  I have worked diligently to provide as much information as possible to activists across our state as to the process, rules, candidates, news and contacts to help bring in speakers and resources to our state, districts and county parties.


    You want to hear something interesting?  Mike Cox said that he agrees with Saul about awarding (in this situation) in a "winner take all" way for the majority vote getter.  And like mike, I agree.  it actually makes sense.  But at least Mike Cox had the honorable character to know when the rules say it ain't so, it ain't so.  If the rules had been changed, Saul really SUCKED at getting the word out. Especially considering two of the committee members weren't apparently privy to the results of a vote that they supposedly participated in.

    Interestingly enough, the two questions I get asked most is "how much does it pay" and "are you guys allowed to endorse candidates".

    First, this is a completely volunteer position. No pay.  Additionally, we are NOT reimbursed for our expenses by either the Michigan Republican Party or the Republican National Committee.  We pay our own way and expenses to every meeting, Lincoln Day, RNC meeting and activity we participate in.

    OH you people have NO IDEA of what sacrifices it takes  to be a committeeman!  Blisters on the hands from shaking, worn out vocal chords from late night phone calls, etc..

    Second, yes, in Michigan we have NO restriction on endorsing candidates and getting involved in primaries.  As Chairman, I decided it was best to stay out of primaries since my role was broader and required disbursing resources as well as often times serving as arbitrator.  As National Committeeman, traditionally in Michigan, our members have usually endorsed candidates and have been involved in primaries as far back as the 80's.

    As an active member, there may be issues or endorsement you may have disagreed with.  However, I have worked tirelessly on behalf of our candidates and our party.  I have pushed and successfully helped pass rules that required transparency, independence, secret ballots and conflict of interest rules to minimize, if not eliminate the power of the so called "party bosses" at any given point and time.  My goal has been to insure a fair and open process, regardless of which candidate or position any of us may support at any given time.

    Ahh yes, make sure everyone is clear that such influential positions are occupied by human beings as well.  Yes, WE TOO get to vote and support candidates!

    Snicker .. the rest of it made me laugh so hard I had to go change my good boys.  Fair and open? Transparency like late night private calls where rules get changed??  The claims are truly entertaining.  The reality is far more disheartening.

    I hope I have proven my commitment to our party and our conservative principles...earning your support for my re-election bid.

    Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to serving you over the next few years.

    The guy is incredible.

    We should be clear, Saul Anuzis was a regular poster here.  Most any of us prior to learning about NPV thought that as inneffective as he was as chair, he was certainly a stand up guy.  Personally, I have never had any negative thoughts, and supported his candidacy for national chair and committeeman.  Even with the NPV, I figured he was simply trying to put food in the family belly, and NPV was a lost cause anyhow.

    We find out how wrong we can be sometimes.

    There are things that test the mettle of real principled people in our leadership positions. Conditions that reveal deep rooted character flaws, or conversely demonstrate true principle. Such late night arrangements sometimes deliver the test results.

    A failing grade begets the story that the test never happened.


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    Saul is a self concerned stinker. (none / 0) (#1)
    by maidintheus on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 08:20:27 AM EST
    If it's useful to contribute to the demise of others, it seems he has no conscience. I believe he has no real love for the GOP but rather its a tool he uses for his purposes. Some may remember, I pointed out Saul's stinkiness before it was popular.

    • Yes you did. by JGillman, 03/27/2012 08:33:57 AM EST (none / 0)
    Jason, you may find it useful . . . (none / 0) (#3)
    by Kevin Rex Heine on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 12:44:41 PM EST
    . . . to use this link as a reference to the ongoing Michigan "Dele-Gate" Fiasco Installment by Installment.  It's a PDF file that chronologically lists every installment posted on RightMichigan, and I've figured out how to update it without changing the URL.

    • You mean this? by JGillman, 03/27/2012 01:57:11 PM EST (none / 0)
      • Yup . . . by Kevin Rex Heine, 03/27/2012 02:11:04 PM EST (none / 0)
    I had the opportunity recently . . . (none / 0) (#6)
    by Kevin Rex Heine on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 02:17:24 PM EST
    . . . to talk at length with Chuck Yob, the guy who'd been Michigan's Republican National Committeeman for 20 years prior to stepping down in 2008.  To do that job effectively requires about $100,000 per year of pure expense; it ain't for the light of wallet or shallow of checkbook.

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