Are You Freaking Kidding Me?
By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
Just under a month ago, when the Michigan "Dele-Gate" Fiasco was still something of a big deal, one of the founding mothers of the Michigan tea party movement decided to use my current place of employment as an excuse-of-convenience to challenge my credibility, and by extension my integrity. Because I do not permit such a challenge to go unanswered, I responded directly to her (though it never seems to have cleared the moderator's flag), as well as within Jason's post the following day (as one of the comments):
I don't know what any of y'all do or don't know about those in the sea services (Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard), but if you're going to challenge the integrity of such a person, then you'd better have proof-in-hand that the challenge is valid . . . otherwise it gets unpleasant in a hurry.
That, by the way, applies to veterans of those services as well. As Nick DeLeeuw pointed out a few years ago, different "go" words apply in different cultures. I'm a retired sailor, so there're plenty of tags you can legitimately hang on me, many will be accurate, and not all will be kind. But to accuse a Sailor, Marine, or even a Coastie of being either a "thief" or a "liar" . . .
Last Friday, I posted and circulated "To Accomplish Replacement . . . And Why," in which I laid out the mechanics of how those who want Saul Anuzis gone from his current post as Michigan's Republican National Committeeman could go about getting it done. In that same post, I spent about an equal amount of time making the case for his ouster this coming May. The case for replacing Saul was a follow-on from "Following The Paper Trail and Noticing The Missing Links," which provided a thorough, detailed, and independently-verifiable run-down of what the rules were for allocating Michigan's at-large national convention delegates, showing that the rules-as-agreed-to made it clear that the two at-large delegates would be awarded proportionally to any candidate who cleared the qualifying threshold. I went further, though, and dismantled in detail the narrative of obfuscation being spun by the party officials and staffers. Everything that I've presented as fact, not only in those two articles, but also in every single installment that I've written thus far, can be independently corroborated to be so (either via paper trail or by the testimony of witnesses).
And in doing so, I've clearly struck a nerve.
On Palm Sunday, Saul Anuzis, in his April Fools Day Weekly Musing, after discussing his decision to stand for reelection as Michigan's Republican National Committeeman (in which he pulls off a marvelous smoke-and-mirrors job of attempting to claim the moral high ground), decided to use his self constructed perch as a platform to attack those whose motivation must be less than honorable . . . because he says so. Quoting in entirety:
Paid political operatives with their own agenda are organizing a campaign of distortion and lies to defeat my re-election for National Committeeman. I just want to make sure everyone is clear who is doing what. Kevin Rex Heine is cleverly misleading folks by posting on Right Michigan and Tea Party News as some independent "conservative" activist. Heine is a paid employee of John Yob's Strategic National who has openly said their goal is to defeat me. Not for any philosophical reason, rather for pure power politics -- their own power.
My, oh my, where do I begin here?
Let's start with a brutal and ugly truth, and that is that politics is always about power. Slice it any way you want to, look at it from any angle you wish, active political involvement is about power, profit, and access . . . period. No one, not one single human being, is immune to this allure. As Lincoln said, "Nearly all men can stand the test of adversity, but if you really want to test a man's character, give him power." Always, the question is going to be one of who does or doesn't wield their power with integrity, or about whom can pull up a seat at the table of access and profit and the degree to which he becomes contaminated by that very chair.
I'm quite sure that Saul Anuzis probably just forgot to mention this, but he is the Managing Partner of Coast to Coast Strategies, LLC, which provides strategic planning, consulting and business development services. According to verifiable information available elsewhere, Saul has profited nicely from consulting gigs in Michigan, all of which appear to be legal, even if there may be some ethical questions involved. In other words, he has actively chosen political consultancy as his method of earning a living, which is fine, really. But to publicly attack me as a "hired gun" while trying to position himself as pure as the wind-driven snow is disingenuously hypocritical at best.
By no stretch of the imagination is Saul anything resembling squeaky clean. Not setting aside his central role in the Michigan Dele-Gate Fiasco nor his work as a paid consultant for the National Popular Vote effort (because both of those are relevant), we should also note that Mr. Anuzis has a long and documented track record of tax liens, forfeitures, and license revocations, wasteful spending and mismanagement, and election year failures. (There's a reason that his record as state party chair is best characterized as "o-fer.") And I absolutely stand by what I've written in my previous post with regard to state party finances, the McCain-Palin literature fiasco, and the GOTV weekend headquarters lockdown, given that I have witnesses aplenty to back up each account. Keep in mind that everything that I've mentioned in these two paragraphs is likely only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to dirt on Anuzis, and I have no intention of stopping my digging now.
Just in case no one's noticed, I'm not the one who's espoused a negative tone in these matters. Granted, both Jason and I have been not-gentle in our addressing of the ever-more-evident corruption within the inner circle of the Rockefeller-wing blueblood party elites, but the last I checked, frankly and plainly speaking the truth to power invariably requires a tough love approach.
On the other hand, Saul Anuzis has made a point of going almost exclusively negative and personal in his support of his preferred primary candidates this year (in direct violation of Reagan's Eleventh Commandment). As a result, I'm pretty sure that the other candidates don't appreciate it, and I suspect that may ultimately cost the party big come November. What disturbs me is that Anuzis' behavior seems to seek a return to the Anuzis v Yob internal squabbles that characterized his 2005 - 2009 tenure as state party chairman, when the only thing he seemed to be accomplishing was to turn Michigan democrat-blue. Maybe that's why certain critical elements of state party strategic infrastructure (such as the Fix Michigan network) still aren't in place and operational.
Before I close this out, let me clear up a little detail of Strategic National's progression through the presidential candidates, specifically including information that Anuzis didn't see fit to include in his little April Fools Day hit piece:
I can live with that.
Look, if a laundry list of Michigan Republicans want to go on the record as supporting and/or endorsing Saul Anuzis' campaign for election to a full term as Michigan's Republican National Committeeman, that's their business. If they honestly believe that he'll do a better job than any of his six potential challengers, if they're supportive of his divisive internal strategy, if they're content with the results of his chairman tenure, and if they believe that he actually deserves a full term as Michigan's Republican National Committeeman, then that's entirely their call.
I happen to think that those supporters ought to harbor no illusions about the nature and character of whom they're supporting. And I think that they ought to be aware that any credible challenger who actually decides to "enter the arena" by challenging Anuzis' reelection bid is going to get far more support than the blueblood party elites want us to believe.
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Related Links+ Michigan "Dele-Gate" Fiasco
+ excuse-of- convenience to challenge my credibility
+ Jason's post the following day
+ as one of the comments
+ Nick DeLeeuw pointed out a few years ago
+ To Accomplish Replacement . . . And Why
+ Following The Paper Trail and Noticing The Missing Links
+ April Fools Day Weekly Musing
+ Coast to Coast Strategies, LLC
+ verifiable information available elsewhere
+ central role in the Michigan Dele-Gate Fiasco
+ paid consultant for the National Popular Vote effort
+ tax liens, forfeitures, and license revocations
+ wasteful spending and mismanagement
+ election year failures
+ written in my previous post
+ Reagan's Eleventh Commandment
+ internal squabbles that characterized his 2005 - 2009 tenure
+ then someone hasn't been paying attention
+ on the record as supporting and/or endorsing Saul Anuzis' campaign
+ Also by Kevin Rex Heine