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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Tossing Integrity and Credibility out the Window . . . Again

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 05:45:30 PM EST
    Tags: 76th State House District, State Representative Roy Schmidt, House Speaker Jase Bolger, Matt Mojzak, Michigan Republican Party, Bobby Schostak, Michigan Democrat Party, Mark Brewer, Gretchen Whitmer, integrity argument, backroom shenanigans, Kent County Democrat Party, Jim Rinck, Kent County Republican Party, Sam Moore, Bill Forsyth, Susan deSteiguer, Ruth Johnson, fraud, election integrity, Bill Schuette, #BolgerSchmidtFraud (all tags)

    From as far back as I can remember, up until the summer before my freshman year of high school, my paternal grandparents lived two houses down from the house where I grew up (and where my parents still live).  Having raised six children of their own, they were well-equipped to assist my mom and dad when such assistance was needed, including teaching object lessons to their grandchildren as necessary.

    One such lesson that I remember well occurred when I walked into my mom's kitchen complaining that my brothers' and sister's bedrooms were absolute pig stys.  Because my mom was busy (canning vegetables if I remember correctly), my gran-ma - who was assisting - offered to take a look.  Sure enough, standing there in the upstairs hall, she was looking right through a pair of already-open doors into bedrooms for which the description of "disorganized" would have been charitable.  However, it also occurred to her to open the door to my bedroom and see what might be seen.  While my bedroom was noticeably tidier, it was nowhere close to her exacting standards.

    This observation was followed by my grandmother fixing me with a no-nonsense look and saying rather sternly, "I should think, young man, that before you go complaining about someone else's room, you ought to first make sure yours is clean."  Point made; lesson learned; end of conversation.

    And now, to apply that lesson, we should grab some coffee and duck below the fold.

    I wasn't really surprised by a quote that Mark Brewer gave to WOOD-TV8 following Representative Roy Schmidt's filing-deadline party switch.  According to Josh Leatherman, Allegan GOP Chair, in a mere 3 sentences Brewer did a marvelous job of displaying his true colors for the entire world to see.  My initial reaction to the assertion by Jim Rinck, Kent Dems chairman, that there was some sort of conspiracy associated with the party switch was, admittedly, along the lines of "sour grapes" (especially given the last time Chairman Rinck had a media-worthy appearance).  But the facts as presented seemed to indicate that a "trust but verify" mindset would be more appropriate.

    When my wife drew my attention to a pair of Grand Rapids Press stories referring to what is now being called The Forsyth Decision (one apparently breaking the story and the other focusing on Bill Forsyth's opinion on the matter), my initial reaction was . . . disgust, I think, works best.  As soon as I read the text message transcription and likely sequence of events, I thought, "You just know that the Dems are going to be all over this."  I wasn't disappointed.

    Sure enough, whether protesting the despicableness of the actions of Schmidt and Bolger, or calling for the condemnation and resignation of Bolger, Mark Brewer, Gretchen Whitmer, and Tim Bledsoe (among others) spent some press time putting on a great show of righteous outrage (to the point of putting up a "demand Bolger step down" page on the MDP website).  Christine Barry over on Blogging for Michigan added to the pile on (though Chad Phillips did come up with a fairly workable solution to prevent future fraud).  And on the surface, it's hard to argue with the basic premise, because every honest Republican is rightly embarrassed, offended, and outraged by what Bolger and Schmidt did . . . me included.

    But come on, as Jason pointed out, this is coming from the party who engineered the Reform Michigan Government Now ballot proposal (intended to permanently hijack the Michigan Constitution, legislative process, and judicial network in favor of the Jackass Party), and attempted to obtain ballot access for the Steffek Tea Party (intended to confuse unsuspecting voters in about two dozen targeted close races).  The former was killed by the Michigan Court of Appeals (upheld by the Michigan Supreme Court), while the latter resulted in nine felony convictions (each, if my memory serves correctly) for a couple of up-and-coming Oakland County Democrat Party operatives.  Oh, and before I forget, let's note that it's entirely possible that he's probably at it again this year via the "Protect Our Jobs" ballot proposal, which apparently is worded to accomplish a complete hijacking of Michigan's Constitution, through the vehicle-of-convenience of protecting the workers' right to collective bargaining.  (Someone at Michigan Freedom to Work might want to consider siccing a lawyer on this one, pronto.)  Oh yeah, definitely the pot calling the kettle black, I think.

    As Frank Beckmann points out, Neither Mark Brewer, nor Gretchen Whitmer, nor Tim Bledsoe, nor Jim Rinck, nor Brandon Dillon, nor Christine Barry (who has not for even one day let up on this scandal), nor Barb Byrum, nor anyone else on the left side of the political aisle wrote or spoke so much as one syllable of like concern when Democrat operatives were caught in flagrante delicto with regard to the Steffek Tea Party or RMGN.  Seriously, Michigan Dems, with regard to what Bolger and Schmidt did, methinks thou dost protest too much.

    Chairman Mark Brewer (Michigan Democrat Party) is, so far as I'm aware, the longest continuously-serving state party chair of either major party, and he has a well-earned reputation among Michigan Republicans (and Michigan-based conservatives, period) of being something of a snake-in-the-grass.  Just in recent memory there's the RMGN ballot proposal, the Fake Tea Party, and two bogus "sleeping judge" advertising campaigns.  (I'm sure that Nick, who has a lengthy history of run-ins with Brewer, could cite a few more.)  I'll also mention here, by way of a teaser, that I am beginning to accumulate information that one of our potential republican judicial nominees may not be all that republican.  No, this clown doesn't ever seem to be without at least one dirty trick up his sleeve.

    Now I am not, by any stretching of the imagination, condoning the behavior of Schmidt, et alia, not at all.  But what I find amusing is that Brewer, et alia, for whom political shenanigans and ethically questionable behavior seems de rigueur, would actually be offended that the Republicans would also be guilty of such things.  (And I'm sure that a Captain Renault quote would be appropriate in this context.)

    However, our problem over here in the Reagan wing of the Pachyderm Party is that we now, yet again, see another example after example (to the point that it gets nauseating) that one of our priorities absolutely must be cleaning out the corrupted elements within the MIGOP's ranks in order to break a destructive behavior cycle that is increasingly making it impossible to deal with Senor Ferrari Brewer on anything even remotely resembling the moral high ground.  Seriously, both Speaker Bolger and Representative Schmidt knew, by their own admission, that what they were doing was wrong.  But rather than do the right thing, both of them insisted on ignoring conscience, because apparently the temptation to flip a seat before the filing deadline, and effectively negate electoral backlash, was just too much to pass up.  That Speaker Bolger can't seem to keep his story straight doesn't help matters any, either.

    Over the weekend I spoke with Michigan's Republican National Committeeman-Elect Dave Agema.  Not surprisingly, I learned that the MSM reports of his quote were incomplete.  The gist of that discussion was like this:

    Granted, nothing that either Bolger or Schmidt did was criminal per se, because there are no actual laws on the books to be broken, but plenty of what was done was immoral and unethical.  Agema's position when Schmidt's party switch was announced was, "trust but verify."  Now that it's been verified, Schmidt can't be trusted.  Whether or not he survives this election cycle, and that is not guaranteed (primary challenge included), Roy Schmidt's political career is done . . . period . . . at least in Michigan.

    As far as Bolger is concerned, the question is what he knew and when he knew it.  There is no evidence that he knew about the misuse of campaign funds before the Forsyth Report was made public.  A 2/3 in-caucus supermajority is necessary to successfully carry a no-confidence vote against Bolger, and while there are some House Republicans who want that vote called, there aren't enough votes to carry the motion.  The state party's position is that, this being an election year, both should answer to their constituencies for their actions.  Should Bolger survive re-election, and should the Republicans retain a House majority, then whether or not he retains the Speaker's Chair should be decided in caucus.

    And I've noticed that the Michigan Dems are already circulating a flyer in the 63rd House District calling for Bolger's resignation.  I don't think that's gonna happen, to be honest with you, but it should make his re-election campaign a bit more interesting.

    Whether Schmidt faces criminal or civil penalties is now the purview of Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Attorney General Bill Schuette.  But the typical member of the west side electorate views such hijinks as Schmidt pulled with an unfavorable eye.  This is why a Republican, who originally declined to be Schmidt's general opponent before he switched parties, is now running a write-in primary campaign against him.  It's also why my State Representative, who had originally endorsed Schmidt's Republican campaign, has pulled that endorsement and given it to Bing Goei's long-shot challenge.

    We have to clean up our own mess, or at least give it our best shot, if we want to have any credibility in going after the opposition's dirty tricks.

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    Boldger and Schmidt (none / 0) (#1)
    by wctaxpayer on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 06:22:53 PM EST
    You wrote it much better than I could.

    Rose Bogaert, Chair Wayne County Taxpayers Association, Inc.
    So, we keep the Edsel in production? (none / 0) (#2)
    by Corinthian Scales on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 01:38:11 PM EST

    As Frank Beckmann points out, Neither Mark Brewer, nor Gretchen Whitmer, nor Tim Bledsoe, nor Jim Rinck, nor Brandon Dillon, nor Christine Barry (who has not for even one day let up on this scandal), nor Barb Byrum, nor anyone else on the left side of the political aisle wrote or spoke so much as one syllable of like concern when Democrat operatives were caught in flagrante delicto with regard to the Steffek Tea Party or RMGN.  Seriously, Michigan Dems, with regard to what Bolger and Schmidt did, methinks thou dost protest too much.

    Dude, a major flaw with 'ol Frank's logic that can be summarized in just two words: Teddy Kennedy.  The Left has no standards.  Unfortunately, Mary Jo is unavailable to validate my previous sentence.  Oh wait .. Mary Jo's absence is validation enough.  Go figure.

    Bottom line: If the meme "look at them" is going to be used to deflect the actions of a republican House Speaker knowing full damn well he was leaving the reservation to invite The Left into the pool, then don't b!tch about credibility when Jase will defiantly look folks in the eye and tell them tales to protect his gig.

    Just Jase's presence alone is doing wonders for The Left establishing Obama/RobertsCare and the SchwarzNerd Insurance Exchange.

    Snyder's office expressed disappointment by the Republican-controlled House's decision to further delay a vote.

    "We wish they were moving forward but will work to help address and resolve their additional questions so they are ready to take next steps," Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel said in an email. "The governor just wants to make sure we can have a Michigan solution that works and meets the need of Michigan families and job providers rather than have the federal government impose one on us."

    Yessirree.  There is the Big Government leverage that Jase has brought to other House Republicans and our AG fighting against that in Lansing.

    So, there you have it: Jase is dunderheaded enough to clandestinely bring one of the MEA approved '08 Obama voters into the last minute MI-GOP fold just to say that there is an 'r' in the 76th.  Dumb bastard.  Step down from Speaker of the House, Jase, your credibility is shot in the ass just like DELE-GATE Schostak and NPV Anuzis.

    Something else to ponder, KRH, is in this topic you point out how easily a state rep endorsed Schmidt, then when getting egg on his face from Bolger and Schostak hugging cactus out in public, said rep then had to save face with his walk-back.  That is not a leader.  That is a Party following lemming displaying zero critical thought within his Lansing bubble away from his constituency.  That crap has to end too, or Party affiliation should just toss away "the net".  Take another bite from the fecal matter. No really, it's a Baby Ruth; have another bite.  As I wrote before:

    We aren't talking about being Christ-like here, it's just plain common sense.  Jase made himself a marked man for his embracing The Left.  So has Bobby Schostak.

    Being a Conservative has little to do with much anything that is Party affiliated in Michigan.

    My best wishes and good luck this election would normally go to, Bing Goei.  However, with turning very few stones it easily comes to surface that in comparison to founder Ardesta Snydholm, that 'ol Bing is just another now moderately wealthy MEDC rent seeker calling himself a republican.  

    I sure as hell hope that no TEA folk are already out there promoting that kind of Corporate welfare.

    Oh ya, and I won't even start on that wonderful disadvantage in play by government for anyone that is born here in America.  Home Team is first in my book, and that will never change.

    Well, this should be fun fodder... (none / 0) (#5)
    by Corinthian Scales on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 06:13:52 PM EST
    ...for The Left over the next 11 days.


    Frilliant, Jase.

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