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Wonder what you would find if you frisked Republican Rick Snyder and Democrat Virg Bernero’s choices for lieutenant governor?

Answer: Snyder picks State Rep. Brian Calley as his running mate while Virg is turned down a few times.

First off, let’s get the Republican news out of the way. The Detroit News reports:

Rick Snyder is expected to name a Republican state representative from Portland as his pick for lieutenant governor at a campaign event in Grand Rapids today.

Campaign officials would neither confirm nor deny that Snyder’s choice is Rep. Brian Calley, as first reported by the Associated Press on Tuesday.

But a person close to the campaign confirmed the choice to The Detroit News. Calley, 33, who was seeking a state Senate seat, was seen by analysts as among a handful of front-runners for the post.

Personally, I don’t know much about State Representative Brian Calley besides that he was a banker before being elected into office. I tried visiting Calley’s website earlier this morning to see his stance on the issues, but it only displayed his giant campaign logo. Personally, I don’t see this pick helping Snyder’s campaign much, but perhaps he’s trying to play it safe. There’s no doubt that Snyder lacks the much needed legislative experience, but picking a young state representative who’s only been in office since 2007 doesn’t necessarily fill that void. On the other hand, by picking a young legislator, it will play better for Snyder’s image as the “non-career politician” seeking the governor’s office.

On the other side of the political spectrum, Virg “Angriest Mayor” Bernero is having a rough time finding a running mate that actually wants to accept the job! The Detroit News reports:

Virg Bernero’s gubernatorial campaign has been turned down by a few prospects — some with strong business backgrounds — for a chance to be his running mate.

Among those who have declined to be vetted are retired General Motors Vice President Rod Gillum; Faye Nelson, president and CEO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy; and Carol Goss, president of the Skillman Foundation.

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A choice is expected to be made by Saturday, at the latest, before the state Democratic Party Convention in Detroit.

😆 It makes me laugh when I see Virg Bernero so desperate… Hey Virg, go off on one of your epic rants where you yell and speak 1,000 words per minute.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked Michigan’s Republican Gubernatorial Primary election last night?

Answer: Ladies and gentlemen… We got ourselves another RINO.

Detroit Free Press reports:

Ann Arbor venture capitalist Rick Snyder rode his offbeat “tough nerd” TV commercials — and $6 million of his own money — to win the Republican primary Tuesday.

With 76% of precincts counted, Snyder had 37% to U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra’s 27% and Attorney General Mike Cox’s 23%.

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Twice as many voters participated in the Republican primary than the Democratic, and there was evidence some Democrats voted for Snyder. That indicates a stronger base for Snyder heading into the general election and shows his appeal among moderate and independent voters.

Snyder overcame the GOP’s business and anti-abortion rights establishment, which largely had backed Attorney General Mike Cox.

I find it interesting that Rick Snyder brands himself as “one tough nerd”, but manages to wimp out of the Republican gubernatorial debates. It appears that the so-called “tough nerd” discovered a new strategy to beat out the rest of the tough GOP competition: Skip the major debates, avoid the grassroots Tea Parties, fork out $6 million of your own money, and encourage Democrats to vote in the Republican primary election. The perfect formula for pissing off the highly energized conservative demographic that Rick “The RINO” Snyder will desperately need if he wants to beat Virg “Big-Labor Lover” Bernero in the upcoming general election.

The next few months will be quite interesting. Rick Snyder claims to be the “non-career politician” yet his demeanor shows the exact opposite. The man has hired high-priced political consultants, ran attack advertisements, and dodges questions – about big-labor and social issues – like a well rehearsed politician.

In the end, props to Rick Snyder and his bank account. If he does win in November, I truly hope he can work with the State Legislature (that he knows nothing about and attacked numerous times) in order to put Michigan back on the right path towards prosperity.

As for the national media and top conservative blogs out there… Come election time, I better not see any posts complaining about Rick Snyder’s RINO-ish record and wondering what the heck happened in Michigan. For months I have been trying to point out Michigan’s fascinating gubernatorial race, but I guess Nikki Haley’s landslide win in the uber-Republican state of South Carolina and others were more important than a true-conservative candidate potentially winning in a blue-state. Shame on all of you!

*UPDATE* – August 4, 2010 – 4:30 PM.

Awesome… Now the liberal think-tank at Newsweek is pointing out that the “Tea Party atmosphere” failed nationwide last night in the primaries. What’s there first example? Michigan’s Republican Primary… Of course:

The “weak tea” trend continued Tuesday in a series of marquee primary battles stretching from the upper to lower Midwest. In Michigan, moderate Rick Snyder—a former Gateway executive who supports embryonic-stem-cell research and sought to attract Democratic crossover voters with ads featuring Bill Ford—was competing against a flock of more conservative candidates (Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, state Attorney General Mike Cox, and Rep. Pete Hoekstra) for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.

Unfortunately, they are right.

*UPDATE* – August 5, 2010 – 8:30 AM.

For Michigan’s gubernatorial primary results by county, click here.

*UPDATE* – December 10, 2010 – 1:00 PM.

A little more than four months have passed since Michigan’s Republican Gubernatorial Primary and I decided to go back over this blog post of mine. After going over it again, I have come to the realization that I sound like a big ol’ sore loser. Haha.

With Rick Snyder at the helm, Michigan has a bright future ahead of itself.

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Mike Bouchard.

Wonder what you would find if you frisked Michigan’s Republican Primary for Governor?

Answer: Mike Bouchard’s momentum is building with one week to go!

Today, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard – Republican candidate for governor – released his latest political television commercial titled, “It’s Time” after some good news:

With $846K left in the bank, Bouchard enters the final stretch with more cash than anyone else on either side, edging out businessman Rick Snyder (R) by more than $34K.

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That money assures Bouchard will be able to compete on-air with the other GOPers during the closing weeks at a level he has not done throughout the campaign. He’s taken a risk by running the farthest to the right in the field, territory occupied by Cox prior to the right-to-work announcement.

However, with money now at his side and GOP voters likely starting to tune in, watch for Bouchard to make his run away from also-ran status to become a serious contender.

Mike Bouchard’s latest television commercial references an old advertisement from his 2006 U.S. Senate campaign where he plays the “overly protective” father while his daughter is on a date. This time around, Bouchard is not worried about his daughter dating anymore… He’s worried about her future and keeping his family in Michigan. In my opinion, this latest political commercial is a great move by his campaign to help build his already growing momentum with less than a week to go.

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“He’s ready to change things in Lansing to get Michigan back to work. He has the knowledge, experience and backbone to make the tough choices from day one to turn our state around.”

First, let’s look at reality: Michigan is a state that has been pinned down in a recession for years and currently holds the nation’s second highest unemployment rate. Secondly, due to term limits, more than half of the lawmakers now in the state Legislature will be gone from their current seats starting in 2011. That is a lot of unexperienced newcomers entering office and Michigan’s next governor won’t have time for on-the-job training.

Mike Bouchard has been a small business owner, leader in the state legislature under Governor Engler during Michigan’s roaring 90′s, and now manages the largest sheriff’s office in the state:

He’ll be able to bring his knowledge from serving as a leader in the state Senate to develop lasting solutions. He was in the Senate when our leaders worked together to deliver balanced budgets and tax cuts every year he was there. As Assistant Senate Majority Leader, he worked closely with leaders like Governor Engler and then-Senate Majority Leader Posthumus. Mike placed a priority on helping families. He pushed for the Michigan Sex Offender Registry requiring sex offenders to register with local law enforcement agencies and making that information publicly available for concerned parents and neighbors. He also chaired the education committee where he worked to empower parents and students to make more decisions about their future.

As Senator, Mike led efforts that made Michigan more business and people friendly, as well as a leader on cutting taxes. He wrote the real estate transfer tax cut that has saved Michigan taxpayers billions of dollars. In fact, keeping with his record, Mike was the first candidate in the governor’s race to sign the Americans for Tax Reform’s (ATR) “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” – pledging to fight “any and all efforts to increase taxes.” Like many Michigan families, he knows that government can’t tax or spend its way to prosperity.

Just a politician? Nope. Meet Sheriff Bouchard:

Having run one of the largest sheriff departments in the country for nearly a decade, he learned how to separate “needs” from “wants”. As Oakland County Sheriff, he manages 1,200 employees with an annual budget of more than $130 million. He’s always finding innovative and creative ways to save taxpayer money while continuing to deliver on his department’s core mission to protect the community.

[…] He is also part of the Oakland County team that anticipates potential budget shortfalls by operating on a three-year rolling budget. That kind of foresight and planning has made Oakland County one of only 40 counties – out of over 3,000 – in America that has a AAA bond rating. But he’s also had to make the tough choices during these difficult economic times – including cutting back his budget by up to 20 percent over the past several years while not sacrificing community safety.

Not enough experience? How about this:

As sheriff, Bouchard has been quick to help out his comrades. He worked Ground Zero after Sept. 11 and organized one of the first convoys to respond after Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Gulf Coast.

I think it is safe to say that Mike Bouchard is the only candidate who has the experience and backbone to be Michigan’s next successful governor and fix our great state!

Here are some highlights from Bouchard’s plan that will help fix Lansing and get Michigan back to work:

JOBS:

  • Bouchard will eliminate the oppressive Michigan Business Tax.
  • Michigan’s business permitting process will be reformed, with some permit mandates eliminated and the rest simplified. The review process will be expedited and timeliness set in stone.
  • Create a climate where jobs can flourish again and would restore Michigan’s economic competitiveness with other states and countries.
  • Bouchard is willing to make the bold, dramatic changes necessary in order to send a message to the rest of the world that Michigan is serious about competing for jobs. One such dramatic move would be making Michigan a Right-to-Work state.

ECONOMY:

  • The Michigan Economic Development Corporation will be transparent and Bouchard’s administration will consolidate the present 300 pages of economic development laws into a single, coherent Michigan Economic Development Code, which will be easy to follow.
  • “Michigan Construction Jobs Now” plan: For a year, this proposal will allow homeowners and businesses to renovate, remodel and expand without an increase on their property tax bill. This plan will also lead to long-term investments in Michigan by encouraging homeowners and job providers to enhance the value of their properties now.
  • Pursue public-private partnerships which will reduce state spending and create jobs.

TAX REFORM:

  • Besides eliminating the oppressive Michigan Business Tax, Michigan’s tax policy should not be about picking winners and losers. We must concentrate on reducing the tax burden for all Michigan companies rather than a select few.
  • Bouchard was the first candidate in the governor’s race to sign the Americans for Tax Reform’s “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” – pledging to fight “any and all efforts to increase taxes”.
  • EXPERIENCE: When Bouchard was a state senator, he wrote the Real Estate Transfer Tax cut, saving Michigan taxpayers $358 MILLION annually. In addition, he is opposed to all increases in the marginal tax rate for both individuals and businesses.

GOVERNMENT REFORM:

  • As governor, he will mandate a two-thirds supermajority be required in each chamber to raise taxes or increase spending. This reform protects taxpayers and businesses now and in the future so they will have a stable tax environment in which to invest in Michigan and create jobs.
  • Implement a part-time legislature, which gives lawmakers part-time pay and eliminates health-care benefits.
  • Implement a two-year budget with a three-year financial outlook based on externally verified numbers, instead of the existing crisis-driven process which has resulted in the government nearly shutting down in two of the last three years.
  • Mandate a hard May 15 budget deadline. If lawmakers miss they deadline, they will be docked a day’s pay, along with the governor and lieutenant governor, for each day the budget is late.
  • Require all public service employees, on average to have wages and benefits that are within 3 percent of those comparable skills in the private sector. It is time Lansing mirrored the reality of the people it serves.

EDUCATION:

  • Continue supporting charter schools and school competition. Charters and schools of choice empower parents to make the educational decisions that best suits their children.
  • Teacher merit pay also falls along these lines. Nothing demoralizes an excellent educator more than seeing other teachers retaining positions and obtaining more pay because they’ve been in the system another year.  Teaching is not a job but a calling and we must motivate, support, encourage and reward.
  • Put every available dollar into the classroom and have every school district competitively bid out secondary services, such as busing, janitorial and food service, on an intermediate school district level.

PUBLIC SAFETY:

  • Under a Bouchard administration instead of releasing Michigan’s career criminals from prison to save money, we will find reforms and tighten budgets to better protect the public.
  • EXPERIENCE: In Oakland County, Bouchard privatized the jail food service, saving taxpayers over $1.6 million a year. If our leaders in Lansing took the same approach, according to a 2008 audit by the non-partisan Auditor General, a statewide implementation would save Michigan taxpayers $38 MILLION or more annually. Those savings would help us keep the criminals behind bars, not on our streets. Michigan leads the Midwest in violent crime, has the least police officers per capita and dumping another 1,700 career criminals back into the streets of the state with the highest unemployment rate will lead to disastrous results.

HEALTHCARE:

  • Look at withholding federal tax revenues generated in Michigan to force the federal government to abandon all unfunded and unconstitutional mandates.
  • With $700 million from the unfunded healthcare mandate we could create a system to help the uninsured receive treatment in a more cost effective preventative manner that does not destroy the health care system and still have money for other priorities.
  • Bouchard will put the federal government on notice.  Any additional unfunded mandates on Michigan will be met with a tough fight under a Bouchard administration.
  • Government should focus on making healthcare more affordable, available and patient centered. They should not be forcing the public to purchase a product.

OUTDOORS/HUNTING:

  • Bouchard will protect the rights of fishing and outdoor enthusiasts, and ensure they have a say in discussions about land and water use.
  • Under a Bouchard administration, outdoors enthusiasts will know they will have no stronger advocate. Hunters and anglers will have a seat at the table when decisions about land and water use are made.  Additionally, I will preserve Michigan’s hunting and fishing traditions and its incredible natural resources for future generations.
  • We need more emphasis on getting young people into outdoor activities by offering more free fishing weekends and a two-for-one hunting license for parents and their children.
  • Bouchard would appoint members to the state’s Natural Resources Commission who share my commitment to preserving Michigan’s hunting and fishing traditions, and safeguarding our state’s natural resources.
  • EXPERIENCE: Bouchard has always been a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment.  He’s a long-time NRA member, a gun owner, and an avid hunter.  He believes in the U.S. Constitution and the protection of our individual rights. He has received “A” ratings and endorsements from the NRA and the Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners in each of my previous elections. He will continue to fight for sportsmen’s rights across the state.

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FINAL REMINDER:

I LOVE MICHIGAN AND WANT TO GIVE HER THE BEST I CAN… MAKE SURE YOU HEAD OUT TO THE VOTING BOOTH ON AUGUST 3, 2010 AND VOTE FOR MIKE BOUCHARD!

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the last GOP gubernatorial debate that occurred last night at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Michigan?

Answer: Republican candidates explaining their stance on issues ranging from immigration and jobs to right-to-work.

Well Michiganders… We have 2 weeks and 6 days left until we are able to vote for which Republican candidate (or Democrat) we want to lead our state into prosperity. The Detroit Free Press reports:

On stage were Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, Attorney General Mike Cox, U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra and state Sen. Tom George. None threw a knockout punch at Oakland University in Auburn Hills; each hit familiar themes.

Bouchard emphasized an economic recovery that keeps Michigan’s children in the state.

Cox reminded TV viewers of his endorsements (Right to Life and Michigan Chamber of Commerce) and that he was a Marine and prosecutor.

Hoekstra offered his experience with a west Michigan furniture maker to tout his understanding of the issues.

George said the others aren’t realistic in suggesting deep tax cuts as revenues have shrunk.

I agree with the Detroit Free Press’ assessment that there wasn’t any knockout punches thrown in last night’s debate, but we were reminded of which candidate exceeds the rest: Mike Bouchard.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know some of you will comment on this post just to point out my bias, but there is a reason why I have endorsed him to be Michigan’s next governor. Last night, Mike Bouchard seemed like the only candidate that is ready to lead our great state of Michigan into prosperity. He was absolutely flawless during the debate as he stayed poised, articulate, and laid out his plan that will fix Lansing and get Michigan back to work. On top of all that, he has been a small business owner, leader in the state legislature under Governor Engler during Michigan’s roaring 90’s, and now manages the largest sheriff’s office in the state. Like he said during the debate last night: There’s A LOT of new-comers entering the state legislature after the November election due to term-limits, and our state cannot handle another governor who needs on-the-job training. Mike Bouchard is clearly the only candidate who has the experience and backbone needed to fix our great state!

As for the other candidates in last night’s debate:

State Senator Tom George was back to his typical “we must have a constitutional convention” the entire time, which I don’t entirely disagree with. Unfortunately, it will cause special interests groups to flood into the process and cost our state $40-50 million dollars. In other words, that’s crucial money the state of Michigan doesn’t have. Overall, he was energetic and made some good points on a few of the key-issues, but he will just get ignored.

Mike Cox basically repeated himself the entire time. At the beginning of every question he would thank the debate moderator, remind the crowd that he was endorsed by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and then plugged his website at the end of each question. In my opinion, it seemed like he lacked the knowledge and substance to answer the tough questions thrown his way. Not to mention, Tom George just went to town and picked apart the many flaws found in Cox’s Putting Michigan Back to Work plan. In the end, Mike Cox showed his true colors when he didn’t know the difference between a “tax-cut” and a “tax-credit”. Looking around at the crowd after he said it, I was clearly not the only one who was absolutely shocked and astonished by his remarks. Overall, he has been a good Attorney General, but he’s definitely not fit for governor. Sorry.

Personally, I kind of like Pete Hoekstra but once again he came off like he was a deer stuck in the headlights and displayed NO enthusiasm at all while answering the questions. Not to mention, he did jump off subject time-to-time and addressed some federal government issues which left me scratching my head. In the end, Hoekstra is definitely the “establishment” candidate and if he received the Republican nomination I would be worried about whether or not he could keep the Republican momentum going into November. After all, Michigan’s last two GOP candidates that ran against Governor Granholm were dry and unenthusiastic and we do not want to make the same mistake.

As for Rick Snyder… Well, he decided not to show up and instead held town hall meetings in Grand Rapids and Grand Ledge. It’s a strategy that his campaign chose to go with after participating in the Detroit Regional Chamber debate on Mackinac Island in early June. Personally, I find it odd that he could not take one day off during his two-month long town hall tour to show Michigan that he can stand his ground with the rest of the field. If a candidate cannot support his plan during a simple debate, how can he expect to know how to wrangle with state government in order to put a struggling state on the path towards prosperity and economic growth? …And please don’t give me the quick one-liner “sound bite” that he was once a CEO. Remember, he disagrees with “sound bites and fireworks”.

Overall, it was a good debate and I had a great time attending.

*UPDATE* July 14, 2010 – 12:50 pm.

Click here to watch last night’s debate.

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NJ Gov. Chris Christie.

Wonder what you would find if you frisked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie yesterday?

Answer: It only took him about 2 minutes to veto the Democrat’s latest tax hike in New Jersey.

NJ.com reports:

It took about two minutes from the time Senate President Steve Sweeney certified the passage of the millionaires tax package for Gov. Chris Christie to veto the bills at his desk.

“While I have little doubt that the sponsors and supporters of this bill sincerely believe that the state can tax its way out of this financial crisis, I believe that this bill does nothing more than repeat the failed, irresponsible and unsustainable fiscal policies of the past,” wrote Christie in his veto statement. “Now is not the time for more of the same. Ultimately, another tax increase will punish the state’s struggling small businesses and set our economy further back from recovery.”

Whatever you do… Do not mess with Gov. Chris Christie! Oh, how I wish he was our president right now. A conservative can dream, can’t he? 😆

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NJ Gov. Chris Christie.

Wonder what you would find if you frisked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) when a reporter asked him about his “confrontational tone”?

Answer: A classic and refreshing smack down!

If you are a Conservative on my blog, you MUST watch the video clip posted above! 😀 Chris Christie… I swear he must have descended from Conservative Heaven! Every time I stumble across a YouTube clip of this man, the more I like the guy.

Man crush? Quite possibly. Picture this guy during a presidential debate… I would run out of popcorn and I am not the only one thinking along these lines. Allahpundit – from Hot Air – had this to say about Gov. Christie:

I’m starting to think this might be the guy. A solid first term, then reelection in 2014, and suddenly the wide-open 2016 primaries are right around the corner…

Please Lord! Let there still be a country left to govern by time this man runs for President!

*UPDATE* – May 14, 2010

Via The Right Scoop. Even Glenn Beck likes Gov. Chris Christie and wonders if he might be the next George Washington:

Let’s hope so.

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