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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Party conventions tell different stories about role of activists

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 07:35:57 AM EST
    Tags: Cherry, Whitmer, MDP, MRP, McManus, Norlander, Brown, Schuette, Patterson, Bishop, Land, Cox, Brooks, Tom George, 2010 (all tags)

    Don't know if you've heard, but there's a party tonight.  Or, well, a reception.  No, scratch that... receptions, plural.  Then breakfasts tomorrow.  Lots of them.

    Both the Michigan Republican Party and the Michigan Democrats are holding their winter conventions this weekend and on the GOP side, the campaigns for Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General unofficially begin.

    Not that there isn't one major difference.  Over on the RIGHT side of things, convention delegates... thousands of them... will select the Party's candidates for AG and SoS (the gubernatorial nominee s selected by both parties via primary).  Over on the LEFT its up to the UAW.  No.  Hyperbole aside.  Seriously.  

    It appears the Dems have already selected their AG nominee.  Despite her connection to a massive Bureau of Elections investigation into serious campaign finance irregularities stemming from the 2006 election, state Senator Gretchen Whitmer all but has that spot sewed up.

    John Cherry is the man with all of the Big Labor backing in the race to follow Jennifer Granholm at the state Capitol.  Barring a huge electoral shocker, that just leaves holes in two places.  MDP still needs a nominee for Secretary of State and he or she simply must be black.  Not Hispanic.  Not Asian.  Not Jewish or Indian or Arab.  Black.  Because quotas are cool, apparently.

    No matter how you cut that cake, though, there isn't much excitement left in the selection process for Democratic activists.  Quite simply, they have no input.  

    QUITE the contrary over at the Michigan Republican Party.  This weekend, aside from the technical work of officially selecting Ambassador Ron Weiser to be the next Party Chairman, picking various vice chairs and other Party positions, the activists and volunteers and normal, average working moms and dads from across the state will have a chance to get a good long look at more than a couple of handfuls worth of candidates.

    Read on...

    In the SoS race we've got Michelle McManus, Anne Norlander and Cameron Brown.  Rumors running around the circuit indicate there may be a fourth name in that hat by the end of tomorrow's activities... a former legislator from mid-Michigan.  

    In the race for Attorney General Mike Bishop and Bill Schuette are hosting receptions this evening and Senator Bruce Patterson has emails going out about once every twenty minutes the last two days looking for convention volunteers.  

    Then there's the Governor's race.  There's Brooks Patterson, Mike Cox, yesterday's newsmaker, Terri Lynn Land, Congressman Pete Hoekstra, state Senator Tom George... they're all expected to be there and Congressmen Mike Rogers and Candice Miller certainly aren't strangers to the conversation or the convention circuit.

    No special interests picking these nominees.  Nothing settled in smoke-filled backrooms.  Instead, tonight and tomorrow, regular people like you and me will get a chance to speak with these candidates, form our own opinions and eventually express them the way we'd like.

    What a difference a Party makes, huh?

    See you all there, tonight!

    < L. Brooks Patterson Wants Your Wallet....TO STAY IN YOUR POCKET! | Friday in the Sphere: February 20 >

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    Nope, no backroom deals... (none / 0) (#1)
    by John Galt on Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 08:20:44 PM EST
    Nevermind the backroom dealing that prompted Jack Hoogendyk to drop out of the Chairman race (7 men entered, and we don't get to vote on any of them), or the exclusion-slash-"dropping out" of a couple of vice-chair positions.

    And it's 18 months until the primary... There's still plenty of time for back-room dealings.

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