Thursday, November 12, 2009
Republicans have excellent choices in 2010 primary !
Last Monday, I attended a "Meet the Candidates" dinner that featured all of the Republican candidates for Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State. It was sponsored by the 10th Congressional Leadership Committee and M.C.'d by 10th District U.S. Congresswoman Candice S. Miller.I always enjoy talking to my friend, Candice's Chief of Staff, Jamie Roe. The event was held at the Palazzo Grande Banquet and Event Center (http://thepalazzogrande.com/) in Shelby Twp.
It was an excellent opportunity to not only hear the candidates speak, but to see them all together on the same stage, and to get a sense of the type of person they are. It was also a chance to meet and talk to them personally. I had met several before, such as Secretary of State candidates Anne Norlander and Michelle McManus,and Gubernatorial candidate Mike Cox, but I had not had an opportunity to meet the Attorney General candidates, state Sen. Mike Bishop or Judge Bill Schuette.
I admire Senator Bishop for the excellent job he is doing in the budget negotiations to stifle Governor Granholm's attempts to force a tax increase.
In the crowded Governors race, there are several excellent Republican candidates. I think Michael Bouchard, an ex-Senate Majority Leader is a strong candidate, especially with running mate Terri Lynne Land. Congressman Pete Hoekstra is an intriguing candidate, with an excellent grasp of the issues.
But I have chosen to support Mike Cox, the current Attorney General. There are several things I like about Mike, including the fact that he has a military background. But the thing that really tips the balance as far as I'm concerned, is the fact that he is a fighter. In 2006/07, Attorney General Cox was willing to come out in support of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (Prop. 2) when almost every other elected official in the state was afraid to. I was working on Jennifer Gratz and Ward Connerly's effort, serving as the Macomb County Chairman for State Campaign Manager Doug Tietz. It wasn't the "politically-correct" thing to do at the time, but Mike Cox did what he knew was right. He stood up for the principle of "equal treatment before the law". His rulings as Attorney General kept U.of M. President Mary Sue Coleman from ignoring the will of Michigan's voters.
Attorney General Cox also did what he felt was right when he investigated the alleged party at the Manoogian Mansion and various allegations against former Mayor Kwame Kiulpatrick's office. Cox was tasked with investigating "criminal" wrong doing by the Mayor's office. I'm sure Mike Coxpersonally has no respect for Kilpatrick and is a far from Kilpatrick politically as he could be ... But he was not responsible for reporting the gross mis-management of the city by former Mayor Kilpatrick, which was the responsibility of the voters to rectify. (Unfortunately, they did the opposite and re-elected Kilpatrick to a second term.) The voters ignorance, or apathy, should not be blamed on Attorney General Cox. His report merely stated what the investigation had found, accurately I believe, that he had found no credible evidence or witnesses to substantiate the rumored party at the Manoogian Mansion. The wild rumors are just what Cox's report suggests they are; "urban legend". http://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,1607,7-164-34739_34811-70702--,00.html Mike Cox believes in treating everyone in Michigan, even Kwame Kilpatrick, equally before the law. He proved it in 2006-'07 by standing up for the Prop. 2 ballot initiative (MCRI)to ban racial preferences in the state!
Michigan voters are fortunate to have such a selection of excellent candidates for statewide offices next year in the 2010 elections. I have decided to support Mike Cox for Governor, Mike Bishop for Attorney General, and Michelle McManus for Secretary of State, although I would feel comfortable with any of the Republican candidates if elected !