Sunday, February 22, 2015

Snyder Battles Romney And MIGOP Party Leadership In May 5th Roads Fight

MIGOP Leadership "selfie" (Wendy Day)

By Brandon Hall   
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Not only is the new MIGOP leadership short on white, Christian males-there's just one in the bunch-it's also short of support of support for the Governor's controversial road tax package.

Even new Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel opposes it. She wrote:

"Unfortunately, there are some who choose to mischaracterize my record and positions without even taking steps to speak with me directly.

For the record, I support our platform. I voted for it in 2012. I do not support the May 5th Sales Tax Increase or Common Core. I proudly voted against Common Core at the RNC. I look forward to sharing our plans to strengthen the grassroots by working more closely with county, district and local activists. We will continue to run a positive race that will exemplify our belief that it will take “all of us” to be successful in 2016 and beyond. "

Grassroots Chair Wendy Day? Opposed.

Ethnic Vice Chair Darwin Jiles? Opposed.

Admin. Vice Chair David Wolkinson? Opposed.

Coalitions Vice Chair Adi Sathi? Opposed.

Youth Vice Chair Michael Banerian? Opposed. He told WMP "I don't feel that our legislature has exhausted all other possibilities before asking us to increase our taxes."

The only person in party leadership on record supporting the proposal is Outreach Vice Chair Kelly Mitchell. 

She told WMP "We need to find the revenues to support good roads and bridges to inspire and encourage new business development in Michigan. If we don’t do it now we will have to do it later. This is for the next generation who will use and benefit from these investments."

Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics. >>>Email him at 

Photo By Darlene Dowling Thompson


  1. I hear people saying no to this tax which is easy to say for people, self included who want to reign in spending. I don't hear anybody saying I have the solution as to how Michigan can get her roads fixed in order to sustain the flow of business growth in this State. I would like to hear some alternative solutions. In the meantime I have to agree with Kelly on this one.

  2. Try reading this;

    "Stop Lying To Michiganders About Road Proposal"

    If the May 5th road proposal is the best the FULL TIME LEGISLATURE can come up with, then we should put them on PART TIME and use the savings to fix the roads!