Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Adrian passed over for GOP 'Victory Center'

Apparently the Michigan Republican Party doesn't think Adrian will be a place of victory this fall.
While GOP chairman Saul Anuzis says the party is "committed to working in communities across Michigan, helping to bring visibility and support to all Republican candidates," Adrian was skipped over yesterday for the opening of 26 Victory Centers.
The Victory Centers will be hosting grand opening celebrations during the coming weeks in Marquette, Sault Ste Marie, Gaylord, Mount Pleasant, Saginaw, Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Holland, Portage, Muskegon, St Joseph, Flint, Port Huron, Ann Arbor, Brighton, East Lansing, Jackson, Monroe, Farmington Hills, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, Dearborn, Livonia, Taylor, and Utica.
Many of these towns are smaller than and less conservative than Adrian.
Each center is designed to coordinate volunteers to defeat Gov. Jennifer Granholm and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow in November.
For local Lenawee County Republicans, there's a couple of get-together events scheduled in the coming weeks.


Blogger mbwings said...

Maybe Adrain/Lenawee County is not as conservative as you think. We did elect Joe Schwarz, who is a liberal republican.

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adrian is smaller than Jackson, and isn't that far away. I guess the state party had priorities and they lie elsewhere

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Schwarz is so liberal then why is Anuzis and the GOP backing him?

I sincerely doubt that was the issue.the issue.

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Schwarz is so liberal then why is Anuzis and the GOP backing him?

I sincerely doubt that was the issue.

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quit whining please. There was nothing in the GOP article that you hotlink to suggest any shred of truth to your first sentence. Further, your contention that Adrian was skipped over for a victory center is a little over the top. To be skipped over, you must be considered. Do you even know if Adrian was considered? A more plausible explaination is that Adrian is in the middle of nowhere. For instance, Monroe which is close to Adrian is just off of I 75. Adrian is also not far from Ann Arbor or Jackson both on I 94. Maybe the goal in going to as you state "smaller, less conservative towns" (btw who measures degree of conservatism?)is to gain crossover appeal for a defeat of Granholm and Stabenow, or maybe they were just geographically selected to spread GOP resources most effectively across the state. In the GOP article, I see a list of towns that are either in population centers (Oakland County for instance) or have a much larger populatio than Adrian, or are located on a major Interstate with easy accessibilty. Just because Tim Walberg is from the Adrian area, doesn't mean that the GOP establishment is slighting Adrian because they support Joe Schwarz. Your post sounded like sour grapes and was unnecessarily critical of the GOP. Whose to say Hillsdale or Coldwater or Marshall or Charlotte or Chelsea all wouldn't be good places for GOP victory centers? What makes Adrian any better? I wonder if the GOP in those areas all feel "skipped over? How about we all get in the same boat and pull the oars at the same way at the same time?

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lenawee County can set up their own victory center with county funds like other counties have done who did not get the first round of 26 Victory Centers (more are to come).

I wouldn't read this as a slight against Adrian by any means.

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Jeff Timmer said...

I am the Executive Director of the Michigan Republican Party - the folks planning, operating, and staffing the Victory Centers. I can tell you with certainty that Adrian was not "skipped over" for a Victory Center (VC). The decision on where the VCs would be placed was based upon several factors. No one should conclude that Adrian and Lenawee County are not critical to the success of the Republican Party in Michigan simply because a "brick and mortar" Victory Center is not located there.

Lenaweee is one of 25 "Target" counties in Michigan that together yield 80-percent of the Republican vote across the state (20-percent of the GOP vote comes from the remaining 58 counties)

The 26 VCs are intended to serve as regional hubs of activity, not the exclusive sites at which activity occurs. We are equipped this year to operate Mobile VCs(I call them MASH VCs). Equipped with cell phones, GOP field staff, while based out of places like Monroe, Ann Arbor, and Jackson (all relatively close to Adrian) will be able to travel to places like Adrian as long as there are folks in places like Adrian willing to make the calls.

So please realize Adrian was not passed over. There are 91 cities or townships in Michigan with greater populations than Adrian. Any could lay claim to "deserving" a VC. Choices had to be made. I hope that you and all GOP activists in Lenawee County can be counted on to participate and support the effort.

I hope so, because we need to get at least 19,360 votes from Lenawee County for Dick DeVos as well as the rest of the GOP ticket.

1:00 PM  

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