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Tag: Todd Courser
Michigan Republican Chair Bobby Schostak kept a 52-48% advantage over challenger Todd Courser to keep his position as MiGOP chair.
Given the manner in which loyalty is blind, there is an expectation that advantage will always go to an incumbent. This is NOT a commentary on the people who voted for Schostak, but rather an observation of elections where the incumbent ought not be challenged. In other words, 48% voting against, is likely not the percentage who feel the party has been run poorly. The old adage "the devil you know" comes to mind; the outcome being one that has a few extra points built in.
Safe to say that 48% or more want to see things change in the party.
As the incumbent chair continues to serve, it is important he recognizes that those plans for a revitalized party that he borrowed from his opponent in the last two weeks ought to be more than mere lip service.
Maintaining conservative principles, targeting on core family values, and finding conservative commonalities with groups currently held by the Democrat plantations might be a good start.
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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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By JGillman, Section News
We have a good slate for Michigan going forward.
The result of Saturday's Michigan Republican convention was very conservative, and very consistent with tea party and traditional values that have been notably lacking in recent years. Add to this a solid backing (almost purposefully noticeable) of candidate Kerry Bentivolio in the 11th district, and it should be clear that some folks are starting to pay attention to the grassroots. And those grassroots are now becoming more fully vested in the party, and changing from within.
Michigan Supreme Court Justice:
State Board of Education
U of M Regent
Wayne State University Board of Governors
The Michigan Supreme Court pick was an interesting one for a number of reasons. We have seen much of the criticism of either O'Brien or Markey on RightMichigan.com, and frankly it was undeserved. Both candidates represented a conservative rule of law perspective and the nomination of Colleen O'Brien should not disappoint anyone. I tried to refrain from affecting the discussion and was particularly neutral and trying to look at qualifications and overall perspective.
I carried that neutrality into the convention and had no reason to specifically support either candidate, and was not worried about the outcome other than a bit of a nasty back and forth with passed out literature left in the seats for attendees. There were good people I knew supporting either candidate. After listening to both candidates in caucus, re-looking at notes, talking to friends who supported either candidate, reviewing caseload, history, etc., my decision to support a single candidate started to develop. I even spent 20-25 minutes speaking with justice Stephen Markman.
Saturday Morning found me leaning Jane Markey.
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By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
As I mentioned a little over a week ago, the iCaucus of Michigan went through the endorsement process for most of the candidates in the contested races at the Michigan Republican Party State Convention coming up next weekend. Invitations were sent out, questionnaires were completed, interviews were conducted, and endorsement votes were cast. The results, and the press release, follow the break.
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By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the iCaucus of Michigan is going to be endorsing in the contested races at the Michigan Republican Party September State Convention. Invitations were sent out, questionnaires were completed, interviews were conducted, and the caucus period is now open, with the vote window opening up on Monday. Details are after the break.
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