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By JGillman, Section News
For Dennis Lennox. And maybe some things you could really care less about.
As Lennox goes on a personal campaign to destroy Decorated Veteran Dave Agema, the credibility he carries with some folks needs to be put back in check. A little background on this guy is in order.
First off, Lennox is no dummy. He is a little queer, (Odd, but I reserve that the matching definition could be that of the reader's own thoughts) but he knows the political game better than most children his age. In fact, a little better than many who have been in the Republican party for some time, as he plays THEM so well. He is a CMU grad or some such thing, and was vice president at one time of the Young Americans for freedom, a group that was once sanctioned (and relieved by the administration)for anti-homosexual chalkings prior to a veterans support event. It was rumored the chalkings were an attempt to drum up 'news' by SOMEONE in that YAF chapter. It made national news, and attention was given. A lot of attention.
Almost as much as the fabled attacks by university officials while doing the Gary Peters video taping thing, at one point earning him a label of "mentally unstable and a potential "campus shooter" because of his aggressive, in your face tactics". Which was false, and drew the ACLU to his side, yet was likely a label he sought. It also made national media.
Lennox went to the 2008 RNC event in MN as an alternate delegate. I was there as well. On the way in during one session he happened to be walking up the same route on the outside of the security fences. Along that route, was every national leftist blogger in the US. He made it a point to stop and announce himself to quite a few of of them. to make sure THEY know who he was and gave them 'official' interviews as a Republican going in.
At that time of course, he had other things going on as well that would add to his 'national persona'.
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That's a Dead End Sign- So Why Hit the Cruise Control?
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If you're disgusted- keep your powder dry.
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Cindy Gamrat has joined Todd Courser's Chair race as candidate for co-chair in the Michigan GOP.
This is actually a pretty big deal.
One of the hardest working activists in Michigan, Gamrat has worked to educate voters, run phone conferences, built coalitions of conservatives, hosted high profile debates, and has kept grassroots interested in the process throughout the good and bad news over the last election cycle. The best thing that could happen for Michigan Republicans is to have her on the executive team.
Gamrat opines in a release:
There is a battle raging in our nation between progressive ideologies and our conservative founding principles. I believe that Todd Courser, candidate for Michigan Republican Party (MRP) Chair, is the man who will meet this battle head on, and I am honored to be his running mate as Co-Chair. Todd is dedicated to leading the MRP with a passionate team, a strategic plan, and a compelling conservative vision. Utilizing my background in sales and marketing, I will work together with Todd to develop our new strategic vision for that will strengthen the party's base and expand its reach.It should be noted that aside from her credible reputation and results as a grassroots organizer, Gamrat has a history of successful marketing and holds Bachelors from U of Michigan.
Folks, I have seen her in action. She is tireless. Incredibly Tireless.
There could not be a better addition to the MiGOP chair race.
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Promoted as Michigan's conservatives fight similarly for their own voice within the state party ~ J
Current power brokers in the GOP are clinging to the idea that they will be able to control their grassroots, and in doing so, they are killing the party.
It was not enough, I suppose, to orchestrate the primary timetable for their preferred candidate, influence State party committees through congressional aides, threaten grassroots with ostracism for going against their preferred candidate, use falsehoods to smear the opposing teams, change rulings in State committees to favor their preferred candidate, change the rules at convention to lock in top-down rule, lose, and then blame the power-stripped grassroots.
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Though we apply a decent dose of critique and praise at times, we don't always officially endorse from here.
History will demonstrate that its hard to do so, without a near guarantee at some point that we eat crow. Some folks make mistakes, and we might even be associated with those mistakes when, and if, that time comes. In fact, associations are often a good indication of a candidate's character, or at the very least, his or her ability to discern the good from the bad. An occasional judgment lapse doesn't define a person, and as well, a minor success or effort does not either. However, we must embrace those who bring the whole package in a productive manner.
We must look at the big picture.
Today, we start with the recognition that our young voters have not only been misled by current political events, but their indoctrination in our failing public education system completes the corrosive understanding of government and politics. Folks, we recognize the need to concentrate first and foremost on that big picture by stepping up our outreach to our younger voters and activists. We need to embrace them. Not only to rebuild their trust in traditional conservative values as espoused in our Republican platforms, but get them involved as it is THEIR future we are fighting for.
Blake has been fortunate enough to have had a solid family values background, a sense of self reliance, work ethic, and skills that have allowed him to develop a college Republican organization that has kept the interest of his peers for more than a single meeting. He is willing to expand upon those skills statewide with a realistic strategy of growth by inclusion and involvement. This last point cannot be over-emphasized. Without a sense of belonging, its hard to rally the effort needed to win elections and spread a constitutional Republican message. A history of his efforts point to a likelihood of success as youth Chair.
We note the clearly conservative voices in support of Blake as well with Jen Gratz (HERO of Michigan's MCRI effort) Sarah Ledford, (incumbent youth chair) Jeff Sakwa, (2012 candidate, MSU trustee) and Dave Agema, who has demonstrated that there is room in the Republican party for ethical conservative leadership. On Blake's site one can find some quite favorable commentary. Association with these conservative stalwarts, along with a well considered plan of action, complemented by results already achieved by bringing a conservative Republican message to our youth, seals the deal.
A last word needs to be said however. for Blake, and others whom we may endorse in the next few days, it is important that he is allowed to accomplish what needs to be done. That requires a commitment to a party environment that fosters inclusion. Clearly, it would be helpful to consider a change at the top of our state party, so that such talent is not held back by a repressive central control.
And THAT, We will address shortly.
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On November 19th, 2012, I received a call from a staffer on behalf of Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak, asking me for my endorsement for his reelection. At least three times during the phone conversation, I stated, "I want to see who else is going to run first, I will NOT make an endorsement for anyone until January. If I do decide to endorse Bobby, I will give you a call back in January." I still haven't called back.
On December 8th, 2012 while attending the Michigan Republican Party State Committee Meeting, I came across a pile of fliers. "Bobby Schostak for Chair - Overwhelming Grassroots Support!"
It was a list consisting of State Committee Members, District Chairs, County Chairs, Tea Party Leaders, and Grassroots Activists. Going through the list, my endorsement appeared, Oscoda County Chairman - Doug Davis.
I was immediately upset and offended that my statement of not endorsing ANYONE until January was not taken seriously, even after stating it THREE TIMES, especially being the newly elected Oscoda County Chair for the Michigan Republican Party!
To make matters worse, an email of the list was sent out on December 7th, 2012 to the entire state Republican Party, which I didn't receive until the day after the State Committee Meeting.
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By The Wizard of Laws, Section News
Cross-posted in The Wizard of Laws.
The debate over the O'Brien vs. Markey race for the third GOP Supreme Court nomination has, for the most part, been respectful. Oh sure, there are the usual hysterics because 20 years ago someone bought a ticket to a colleague's fundraiser, but these are minor and safely ignored. I like to think of the pro-Markey crowd as best represented by Kevin Rex Heine, who at least does his homework. [Someday, I'd like to meet Kevin and shake his hand.] That doesn't mean I agree with him, however. In fact, the more I study Markey's decisions, the more uncomfortable I am with the thought of her on the high court.
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