Michigan Politics

Michigan Political considerations.

Troubles Ahead For The Michigan Romney Campaign?

Will the FBI turn up improprieties surrounding Mitt’s National Finance Co-Chairmen, John Rakolta?


Could the questions that now surround the Wayne County Business Development Corporation be a factor?  Who really knows for sure where this whole mess will lead.

Sure are some strange bedfellows though…

 

From That’s Saul, Folks on September 8, 2011: 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Romney Press Office
September 8, 2011
857-288-3610MITT ROMNEY ANNOUNCES SUPPORT OF MICHIGAN SENATE MAJORITY LEADER RANDY RICHARDVILLE, BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today welcomed the support of Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe), who will serve as a Co-Chair of the Romney campaign in Michigan.

“Michigan will be a critical state during the Republican nomination process, as well as the General Election, and I’m honored to have Majority Leader Richardville join my team,” said Mitt Romney.

“I am pleased to support Mitt Romney for president. I’ve had the opportunity to talk with Mitt specifically about Michigan and he clearly understands the challenges our state faces and his personal connections to our state will ensure that Michigan will be on his mind in the White House,” said Richardville. “Mitt’s background as a conservative businessman and successful Governor will make him a president we can count on to help Michigan get back on track.”

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, chairman of the Michigan Romney campaign, welcomed the addition of Majority Leader Richardville saying, “We are assembling a leadership team here in Michigan for Governor Romney that is second-to-none. Randy has exhibited strong leadership in the State Senate, sharing Governor Romney’s focus on jobs and the economy, and he will be a valuable asset as we win Michigan for Mitt Romney.”

In addition, the Romney campaign announced the support of the following Michigan business and community leaders:

National Finance Co-Chairmen

John Rakolta, Jr.
G. Scott Romney

Michigan Finance Co-Chairmen

David Fischer
Dan Gilbert
John Kennedy
Alan Kiriluk
Matt Kiriluk
Bob Liggett
Joe O’Connor
Bill Parfet
Edward Schwartz
Walter Schwartz
Greg Schwartz, Sr.
Robert Taubman
Edward Levy

Michigan Finance Committee Members – Southeast Michigan

Sean Cotton
John Cotton
Bill Danhof
Vince Deangelis
Kenneth Eisenberg
Phillip Fisher
David Forbes
Doug Hamburger
John Jagger
Joe Kaiser
Dean Kiriluk
Quinn Kiriluk
Curt Korneffel
Rob Mardigian
Kevin Prokop
John Rakolta III
Joe Schwartz
Gregory Schwartz, Jr.
David Trott

Michigan Finance Committee Members – West Michigan

Mike Jandernoa
Marge Byington Potter
Paul Potter
John Van Fossen
Carol Van Andel
David Van Andel
Jim Jurries
Bob Burnham

Background On Senator Majority Leader Randy Richardville:

Randy Richardville was elected to the Michigan Senate in November, 2006. Upon re-election in 2010, he was selected as Senate Majority Leader. Prior to his election to the Senate, Randy spent three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1999-2004. He held a leadership position in the House in each of his terms.

Prior to being elected to office, Randy worked in the business community – with 20 years of experience in Fortune 500 companies.

Hmmmm, and it was just on October 18 we all went through this.

 

 

“People expect the FBI to step in and do their job, but I would also say it’s possibly a missed opportunity for this state government and for us in Lansing to have shown that there is something that is there in our state that needs some looking in to, that we be willing to do it,” said Olumba.

Indeed Rep. Olumba.  Hey, you know something Rep. Olumba, I was just thinking that maybe what happened to your request is…

No.  Not saying.  Just saying… what if?

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Making The Case For Caucus

migopOn July 12th, 2011, the Michigan Republican Party State Policy Committee decided in closed session to recommend that the state republican presidential primary should be a “closed” primary, to be held sometime between February 28th and March 6th of 2012. On August 13th, the full MIGOP State Committee will make a decision whether to go with this recommendation or to adopt another process. There are several concerns about this, not the least of which is that there is the widespread opinion among various elements within the party that the process of arriving at this decision has not been as open and transparent as it ought to have been. Toward that end, the Michigan Faith & Freedom Coalition invited state committee members, grassroots activists, and concerned citizens to attend a series of town-hall style forums in order to voice opinions and gather information.

As the person asked to moderate the Kent County forum, I can say that the 2-1/2 hour discussion was very robust, amazingly civil, and quite informative. The strengths and weaknesses of each of the options were discussed in detail, and an opinion poll was taken at the end. Given how overwhelming the result of that poll was, I think that this is something that should be passed along to as many decision-makers within the MIGOP as possible, by any means necessary. I’ll warn the reader fairly that what follows is a tad lengthy and may require more two or three read-throughs in order to understand it all; but this is important, and it’s absolutely critical that we understand everything that is involved in not only the method of conducting the primary, but also the process by which that decision is made.

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