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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Snyder Slight of Hand

It's the kind of stunt you would expect a career politician to
attempt, but certainly not a candidate who portrays himself as anything
but a career pol.
"The Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce endorsed Rick Snyder for
Governor," the Snyder news release proudly announces. The statement is
true but not the whole truth.
Shame on the Rick Snyder crew for attempting one of the oldest
political tricks in the books i.e. telling a half truth with the intent
of misleading the voters.
The Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce endorsed two other
candidates besides Snyder including GOP contender Mike Bouchard and
Democrat Andy Dillon.
Ah but when the inevitable news release came out from the Snyder
camp, it read, "I'm proud to have the endorsement," etc. etc. but nary
a word about sharing it with two other guys.
Bouchard did the same thing, but you'd expect that from him. A
career politician would lose his standing as such if he shared the
spotlight with anyone else.
The sheriff did run a quote from the chamber referencing the
"candidates" the group had endorsed, but the unsuspecting reader has no
idea if that mean other "candidates" for governor or other offices and
Bouchard was not about to clear that up for you, just like the sneaky
Mr. Snyder.
Speaker Dillon committed the same "half truth" miscue when he
revealed the chamber decision. too.
Snyder muffed a chance to "prove" that he talks the talk and walks
the non-politician walk by adding a sentence to his news release. He
could have taken the high road and said, "I'm also proud to share the
endorsement with two of my opponents."
Or if that is too much, he could have also said, "Two other
candidates also got the chamber's endorsement."
Either way he would have been given mucho points for acting like a
non-politician which he claims so often to be.
And to add even more insult to this sorry episode, another career
politician actually did tell the whole truth. In announcing his
endorsement from the Lansing Chamber of Commerce Lansing Mayor Virg
Bernero did disclose that GOP candidate Pete Hoekstra also got the
group's endorsement.
A shout out to the mayor and regarding Mr. Snyder, who would have
you believe that he is a breath of fresh air, turns out his political
"breath", in this instance, is as bad as everyone else's.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A candidate isn't going to mention one of his competitors by name in one of their press releases. You are making a way too big of deal out of this for your blog.

Need some new reporting, Tim. Love your blogs but this is lame.

June 22, 2010 at 5:07 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is ridiculous. There was nothing inaccurate about Snyder's press release - he was endorsed by the Chamber. Why is he obligated to list every other person the Chamber endorsed?

Also, it's "Sleight of Hand."

June 23, 2010 at 7:09 AM 
Blogger Eric said...

On the other hand, I just got another mailing from a state senate campaign doing the same thing. He says he met the criteria for Right to Life's candidate endorsement and said so. He didn't say that his opponent also meets Right to Life's endorsement criteria. The impression it gives is that he has the backing of the pro-Life community and to find out the truth you need to look further than his advertisement. That is, the impression that is created is untrue.

Pointing out that this exists, by the way, is one of the basic purposes of the press.

June 23, 2010 at 7:14 AM 

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