Just in case you've forgotten, there is a special primary election taking place in the old 11th Congressional District about a week from now. According to the Official Michigan Special Primary Candidate Listing, this is going to be a non-issue for the democrats, as David Curson is unopposed. The republican side of that ballot, however, is the entire reason for next week's special election in the first place. And that's just what the mischief-makers on both sides are probably counting on.
Five candidates are on the republican ticket next week in Wayne and Oakland counties, and complicating things a tad more is the reality that this is the "Old 11th District" (pre-reapportionment), which may provide an additional layer of confusion. Which is where I introduce a letter e-mailed out this morning by Bob Dindoffer, Kerry Bentivolio's campaign manager:
We cannot allow the ultra-liberal Syed Taj and the Democrats to steal the 11th District seat. That is exactly what they plan to do, though. We need your to help push Kerry Bentivolio across the finish line in both the special election and the November general election.
Syed Taj is a liberal extremist and Kerry Bentivolio is the only man who stands between Taj and Congress. Syed Taj is dangerous to our freedom and our economy because he wants to:
Expand ObamaCare into a single-payer system of socialized medicine.
Increase access to abortion by funding abortionists like Planned Parenthood.
Attack the 2nd Amendment by instituting new controls and bans on firearm ownership.
Institute death panels that decide whether you are worthy of life saving health care.
Force religious institutions to provide abortion and contraception even when it conflicts with their beliefs.
Increase income taxes because he thinks Americans aren't "paying their fair share."
Increase payroll taxes.
Enforce the ObamaCare individual mandate and ObamaCare tax.
Cut Medicare now to pay for ObamaCare without instituting any market reforms that support our rising generation.
Diminish entrepreneurship by increasing the regulatory burden on our businesses.
Friends, the battle between Kerry Bentivolio and Syed Taj is a battle between two visions of government, a battle between freedom and control. Bentivolio believes that people know how to run their own lives without government getting in the way. Entrepreneurs know how to build the economy and create jobs if we would simply free them from oppressive regulations and excessive taxation. Taj, on the other hand, believes that government is the answer. He believes that government should choose which businesses to invest in, just like Obama did with Solyndra. Well, Barack Obama is wrong when he says government is the answer and so is Syed Taj.
There is more to this race than merely the general election, though. The Democrats are targeting the special election with a cross-over voter effort. They want Kerry Bentivolio to lose. They are looking to spoil Republicans' chances in the general by taking the wind out of Kerry Bentivolio's sails in the special election. The special election is important because if Kerry Bentivolio wins that election, he will have a two-month head start on all of the freshmen congressmen. He will work for better committee assignments so he can better represent his district in Washington. If anyone else wins that election, though, it will be a two-month taxpayer funded vacation. This is exactly what the Democrats want and we cannot let their cross-over campaign stand. Every single Republican who has been represented by Thaddeus McCotter must get out to vote in the special election for the official GOP candidate, Kerry Bentivolio.
Let's send a message to the Democrats and tell them that we are united. Let's stand against their cross-over campaign and support our nominee, Kerry Bentivolio. Your support is invaluable in beating back the onslaught from the Democratic Party. With you and your continued support, I know that we can stop Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama dead in their tracks.
So there you have it. If anyone other than Kerry wins next Wednesday, we've just guaranteed the winner of the "special general" a two-month, government-paid vacation. We also put a major damper on the general election for which Kerry has already earned his position. Time to nut up.