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ray of light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-26-07 08:16 AM
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32. Excellent question.
Edited on Wed Dec-26-07 08:37 AM by ray of light
In Michigan, there were two very competitive districts that we could have won if the party would have sent more money. One is the district where Sharon Renier was running against Mr. Tim-the unBaptist-former-minister-nowabigfatliar-Club-for-Growth-Walburg. The other was Skinner's district.

I know it's difficult to remember things back then. It does seem as if it was ages ago!

But in Skinner's district, it had been one of the districts where the Republicans felt they desparately had to win. So with things so bad in so many Republican areas, they opted instead to toss massive amounts of money in the last 6 weeks to a few districts. This was one of them. Remember? They sent the money, the experienced big-wigs, and the big criminals at the top--like Cheney to do lots of campaign appearances or fundraisers. They had the late night prank calls with a woman pretending to be Skinner. They had their usual bag of dirty tricks. But the point is that they sent their money system and their political hacks in droves to this district.

The Democratic Party did not respond. The national party had their other 'key picks', places like Webb or Tester and so on. So the money wasn't there.

Now on the other hand in Renier's district, they had Club for Growth who donated and sent out campaign mailors and made dirty trick phone calls all in support of the now incumbant liar, Walberg. They had Cheney taking trips to G.R. earning $2500/head for Walberg-the-lying-exminister, while Renier was lucky to get $5.00 per head at local grassroot fundraisers. Yet, despite the huge fundraiser difference the MDP and the National Dem Party was nowhere in sight! NO WHERE!

The problem with the issue of Skinner and Renier needing more money was that the DNC had so many years of not enough money and the Republicans had such a huge stockpile of money that the national and state party divied out the minimum they could to these people, but they gave MASSIVE amounts to people like Lamott, Webb, Tester, and so on.

Now getting to the original point of your question, Peters did not go out and canvass for Skinner, just like Schuer (sp), the current candidate in Renier's district, who did not canvass for Renier. So they 'allowed' these people to run, but didn't give them any support because they figured they would be able to be run the state Rep. as the candidate in 08 and take the money-guys with them. And for Schauer (sp) after so many years in the state office had to either run as governor or run as State Rep. The choice is clear. If you were a democratic politician, would you opt for running for the governor of our state right now?!!! Regarding Peters, I do not know if he had timed out of the state-house and had to move on or retire or run for governor.

That's how in effect the money guys are following the state reps in both of these districts even though in both of them, they came within 4-5 percentage points of winning.

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