In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Tilting At Windmills
Talk about your classic tortoise and the hare or David and Goliath story. This one is both. What is it about reality that former state Rep. Jack Hoogendyk does not understand? Fresh off the campaign trail where Michigan U.S. Senator Carl Levin easily defeated poor ole Jack, now he is on a mission impossible to chair the tattered and torn state Republican Party. Problem is Ron Weiser, a.k.a. the hare and Goliath, has this thing all but wrapped up. If you are not a died-in-the-wool GOPer, you're going who the heck is Ron Weiser? Start with the fact that he is a millionaire land baron in Ann Arbor. Bush 42 app ointed Weiser to an ambassadorship. And now Weiser has rounded up all the top dog state GOP leaders on his way to a victory next month in a party convention. Yet Hoogendyk won't hang it up. "It's not going my way with all the folks at the upper levels," he reflects but quickly adds, "but I still continue to have very strong support in the rank and file" of the party. In all honesty, the rank and file takes its marching orders from the "upper levels" and if anyone balks, the leadership comes down on the non-conformists with vengeance. But Big Jack refuses to fold his tent. Two years ago the vote for a party chair was out in the open as convention delegates had to raise their hand to cast a vote.< span style="mso-spacerun: yes">
Leaders took the names of those who did not toe the line and wanted to vote their conscience.
Now there's a secret ballot and Hoogendyk figures folks can vote for him without fear of recrimination. And he read the stories about David and the tortoise winning.