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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    The Devil You Know

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 08:02:20 AM EST
    Tags: RINOS, Michigan, Republican, Gillman, Not-So-Subtle Loss (all tags)

    My run against incumbent Wayne Schmidt for the 104th district did not fare so well.

    I ran for a number of reasons:

    • He supports agenda 21 type initiatives
    • He is a consummate crony capitalist
    • He is NOT a solid RTL candidate, though he is actually endorsed
    • He and his wife were financial supporters of the local Dem party not-so-long ago.
    • He will NOT fight the health care mandate, nor support any tenth amendment action.
    • He FAILED our local party and community by NOT supporting right to work legislation
    So yeah, I thought it was the right time.

    I thought I would do very well.  In fact, right to the very end, it seemed likely we would see a solid victory.  At the door I saw nothing but support.  The message was right.  The radio ads were highly effective though sparse. There were about 30 people who were helping in some way.  There was a great number who said "I already voted for you." Others were getting the same feedback.  There was no doubt in my mind of a victory.

    It looked promising, and frankly was not at all predictive of a 65-35% indignant loss.


    The obvious handicap of running against incumbency aside, I have some suspicions of the mistakes made along the way that would lead to such an end.  There is a lot of analysis to be done.  I will try to objectively assess the failures and mistakes so that it never happens again.  

    But looking at CD-11, I have greater concern about the ability of Michigan to shake off its milquetoast RINO brand. And in two years, we may have the bull of the herd trying to stick around.

    God save us.

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    Don't give up Jason (none / 0) (#1)
    by grannynanny on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 09:09:22 AM EST
    It is disappointing right now but we need to hold those in elected office accountable for their actions.  And we can ALL do that with just our voices.  We need more people like you who are willing to stand up and take the fight right to their door steps.  Proud of you and your willingness to put yourself on the stage.  

    We also need to take the fight to the MSM who are a complete failure.  This election - we need to defeat RINOs, Liberals and the media.  March on brothers and sisters in the name of freedom and liberty!!!

    One possible thing.. (none / 0) (#2)
    by jgillmanjr on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 10:33:46 AM EST
    Of course I'm busy with my life down here in Lansing, so I haven't been able to keep on top of things, but I think one thing that may have been done better is getting the message out about issues and how they need to be addressed.

    So for example, maybe one thing that you could have done is have a section (subdomain even) that isn't in the wordpress format, but rather a "static page" format (still could use wordpress or another CMS of course) that you can address the issues. So instead of different posts, just have a page that lists all the issues and the related discussion on them.

    Going with that, what you might have done is reserve some space at a public venue (library, conference room at NMC, etc) where you could focus in on a single issue, or cover a multitude. Then of course subsequently issue a release to the media about said scheduled event.

    Again, just some thoughts, which may or may not have been executed.

    Well . . . (none / 0) (#3)
    by Kevin Rex Heine on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 11:12:46 AM EST
    . . . since I believe that the Schmidt-head is termed-out in 2014, you always have the option of going after the open seat then.

    I hope you run again (none / 0) (#4)
    by Conservative First on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 01:03:30 PM EST
    Beating an incumbent is very tough.  Especially when he has a big financial advantage and all the big endorsements.  I hope you run again when the seat opens up.

    Ronald Reagan didn't (none / 0) (#5)
    by Bruce on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 01:04:29 PM EST
    do well the first time either.


    Keep trying.

    November (none / 0) (#6)
    by InksLWC on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 02:12:13 AM EST
    Will you be supporting and/or endorsing Schmidt for the general election?

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