As far as the Grand Traverse County GOP is concerned, Bill Milliken isn't recognized as a Republican
Every couple of years, Former Michigan governor William Grawn Milliken trots out his endorsements for Democrat candidates.
While endorsements are a part of the political process, it is always noted that this has been by a ‘Republican’ who “is crossing party lines” to support Democrats. Often enough it has been against incumbent Republicans, and is used in the press to promote disunity within the party.
Over the years, this has happened several times, and is consistent enough that it seemed prudent that the Republican party in his county of residence have a say in whether he is even considered to be a Republican at all.
Much in the way our nation has been beset by ‘gender confusion’, it seemed the former state executive has had a political identity crisis for some time. Supporting publicly funded abortion through the veto pen, and supporting Democrats against Republicans in critical contests not once or twice, but habitually for too many years to ignore.
In an effort to clarify for the world which looks at endorsements of radical leftists by such a confused ‘centrist’ republican as being legitimate, the County convention voted and passed the “Milliken Resolution.” The resolution reads as follows:
2016 Milliken Resolution
This convention of Grand Traverse County Republican delegates recognizes that the purpose of the
Republican party is to elect Republicans.
We believe that while no-one should, or shall be condemned for voting their conscience, it should be recognized that the visible nature of an elected or formerly elected Republican official in higher office carries weight in words beyond what is done in the privacy of the voting booth.
We the duly elected delegates of the Grand Traverse County Republican Party find that William G Milliken’s support of abortion by veto of efforts to end public funding in 1978, 1980, 1981, and 1982, to be contrary to the core principles of Republicans, and that by endorsing Democrat John Kerry in the 2004 election over a sitting Republican president, and
by rescinding an endorsement and politically abandoning a presidential candidate (John McCain) at a critical time in 2008, whom he previously sought to elevate as our party’s nominee in the race against Barack Obama, and
by endorsing the Democrat candidate Mark Totten over incumbent Republican Bill Schuette in the 2014 for Attorney general, and in the same 2014 election, endorsing the Democrat Gary Peters over the Republican Terry Lyn land,
in the 2016 election cycle endorsing Gretchen Driskell, a Saline Democrat over an Incumbent Republican Tim Walberg for a 7th district Congressional seat, and
lastly, for endorsing Hillary Clinton, a known liar, probable felon, and Democrat for President over the Republican Nominee Donald Trump, we
find the political actions and biannual endorsements of those in other parties by this figure of former Republican prominence to be detrimental to our party, its platform, and it’s candidates.
Be it resolved that through a vote of duly elected Republican delegates in the August 11th, 2016 County Convention, the Former Governor William G Milliken’s status as a Republican be no longer recognized by the Grand Traverse County Republican Party.
Approved as to form and substance by the delegates assembled for the Grand Traverse County Republican Party County convention August 11, 2016.
The resolution was passed, and though not unanimously, it was sufficient to be representative of Republican sentiment toward GOP pretenders who use their supposed party membership in the way of a fifth column.
One delegate asked whether Milliken was a dues paying member, which he has not been in some time, and delegate Michael Gillman argued eloquently against the resolution about his long time friend. M Gillman argued as a long time Republican in the party, that we should be expanding the party. His argument garnered limited opposition which was insufficient to table the resolution.
Officially, Grand Traverse County Republicans have denied any legitimacy to claims by the former governor that he in any way represents the views of Republicans in his continued subversion of Republican candidates.