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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Schostak Seeks Brewer's Help in Screwing McCotter's Constituency

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 07:57:13 PM EST
    Tags: U. S. Constitution (Article 1 Section 2), Michigan's 11th Congressional District, Thad McCotter, Kerry Bentivolio, special election, Bobby Schostak, Mark Brewer, L. Brooks Patterson, Tom Stroup, the write-in candidate, Independence Caucus of Michigan, integrity argument, backroom shenanigans (all tags)

    You'd think that, after the shellacking that Saul Anuzis received a couple of months ago, the Michigan Republican Party would've got the hint that the grassroots in this here state isn't putting up with their crap anymore.  Given that there's already a project underway to break the cycle of abusive behavior of state party leadership by replacing the corrupted party leadership (all the way down to the county party level, where necessary), you'd think that the elites would consider themselves on notice that getting their RINO asses in line is going to be the only way that they save their skins during the internal party elections that will be following the November general election.

    Apparently, someone at MIGOP didn't get the memo.

    Article 1, Section 2 of the U. S. Constitution states very plainly that . . .

    When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to fill such Vacancies.

    . . . and so, in full compliance with the Constitution and Michigan's Election Law, Governor Snyder (via Lt. Gov. Calley) fulfilled his executive responsibilities and issued a call for a special election to fill the vacancy left by the curiously timed resignation of Congressman McCotter.  And yes, I am specifically saying that the blame for this $650,000 fiasco falls squarely on the shoulders of one Thaddeus George McCotter . . . and no one else; add or subtract at least three weeks from his resignation date, and we don't have a special primary at all.  Mako Yamakura does a great job analyzing this mess for the Detroit News, if you ignore a couple of minor factual errors.

    Credit Governor Snyder, by the way, with offering an opt-out on the whole special election process . . . provided that not more than one candidate is duly filed by the deadline (which is this Friday, July 20th).  Presumably, if Kerry Bentivolio is the only candidate duly filed by close of business on Friday August 10th (the withdrawal deadline for minor party candidates and candidates without party affiliation), then the Governor may be able to just appoint Bentivolio to fill the vacancy and finish off McCotter's term.  Perhaps he may be able to do that as early as the open of business on Tuesday, July 24th (the first day that absentee ballots must be made available).

    Earlier today, I spoke with Bob Dindoffer, Bentivolio's campaign spokesman, and he confirmed that Bentivolio had turned in 1,127 signatures on Monday, July 16th.  However, they are gathering supplemental signatures and expect to turn in an additional 300 or so on Friday.  Nineteen of the original signatures have been ruled invalid based on a cursory audit, and the campaign doesn't want to run the risk of getting "McCottered."

    But, as we have seen way too often this year, the blueblood elites populating the halls of power within the Michigan Republican Party have developed a nasty habit of not playing by the rules.  For instance, according to Nolan Finley, Bobby Schostak has reached out to Mark Brewer to cut a deal that apparently would involve having the 11th District leadership committees of each party simply nominate a single candidate for the special election, thus obviating the need for a special primary.

    Setting aside that this deal may be rigged specifically to box out Bentivolio's legitimate and now properly filed candidacy, why on earth would Chairman Scho-STACK offer Chairman Brewer a deal that would . . .

    • sanction a candidate, who has not gone through the ballot-access process, for a party that is not otherwise participating in the special election

    • perhaps provide one of the two democrat primary contenders (either Bill Roberts or Syed Taj) with de facto party endorsement

    . . . and for which there is no downside to Chairman Snake-in-the-grass?  Think about this:  If Brewer takes the deal, then he gets both of the benefits just mentioned.  If he declines the deal, then he succeeds in making Chairman Weasel and the party of alleged fiscal responsibility look like anything but.  (Not to mention setting up the MIGOP 11th District special primary to be tampered with - think "Operation Chaos" Rush Limbaugh style - which may happen either way.)

    There is also some logic to the accusation by the Bentivolio campaign that the write-in candidate is using her filing for the special primary as a means to raise extra money from otherwise maxed out contributors.  Because money is fungible, that cash can always be re-routed to her write-in efforts . . . once she's decided to forego the special primary (because she didn't file the requisite number of signatures in time).

    And let's not forget that every single taxpayer penny, and every single municipal clerk's administrative headache, connected to this special election is the sole and unavoidable responsibility of Former Congressman Egghead, who needs no help in making the Michigan Banana Republican Party look foolish, but was apparently offered the assist anyway.

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    And, the wheels continue to come off the wagon (none / 0) (#1)
    by Corinthian Scales on Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 09:26:44 PM EST
    My, my, my .. old Baghdad Bobby the Third World voting king that he is, is getting spread mighty thin these days.  A not so subtle reminder.

    "Representative Roy Schmidt is the latest casualty of the Democratic Party's extreme agenda of politics ahead people, and I applaud Rep. Schmidt for choosing to put his convictions and constituents first by joining the Republican Party. Michigan's economic comeback has just begun and there is still a lot of work to be done. But, make no mistake, the parties could not be any different - Republicans continue to offer serious solutions to defend Michigan's turnaround while Democrats hope to return Michigan to the days of broken budgets, big deficits and failed policies that will derail Michigan's comeback."

    So, how did that "deal" work out for you, Baghdad Bobby & Co?  Not so swell, eh?  Bummer.  "we allowed ourselves to get distracted"?  GMAFB.  And spare us the "we" sh!t, buddy.  First smelt it dealt it, pal.  No shame.  None of 'em.

    Every damn one of these entrenched slimy establishment wannabe creeps will never learn not to hug a cactus just so they have anything with an 'r' after its name elected.

    Yannow, before it's all over I'm willing to bet that Schostak & Co will have rewritten Romney's campaign slogan to: Michigan, the sleep in on November 6, State.

    You wanna talk getting screwed over? (none / 0) (#2)
    by KG One on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 04:29:30 PM EST
    Remember, her people spoke to the people from the Murkowski Campaign.

    She may withdraw from the race as a republican, and then re-enter the race again as an independent (technically, keeping her word on that matter).

    Her mannerism during the interview were...off, to say the least during that interview.

    I'm of the strong opinion that scenario is one that the elites are holding close to the vest.

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