Monday, April 6, 2015

Race To Replace Ronna Romney: RNCya Later, Cindy Gamrat?

Nolan Finley (Photo: Max Ortiz / The Detroit News)

By Brandon Hall
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In an "Editor's Note" this weekend, Detroit News Editor Nolan Finley basically says that Cindy Gamrat is too conservative for the RNC given that Dave Agema is already there, and so the MIGOP State Committee should elect someone more "mainstream" to balance Agema out.

Finley writes:

"Michigan Republicans already sent one whack job to represent them on the GOP’s national committee. They should be very careful that their second pick stands a good deal closer to mainstream America...

Gamrat is not in Agema’s league in terms of offensiveness, but she is a far right social conservative. Her first bill introduction was to define life as beginning at inception, a key piece of the anti-abortion agenda...

Agema doesn’t need any company in his tiny corner of the party, and Michigan can’t afford any more embarrassments."

State Rep. Cindy Gamrat with Lt. Gov Brian Calley

Finley, who is often spot-on, gets it wrong here, as he did when he blasted Gov. Snyder's re-election campaign, and when he backed Prop 1 a few weeks ago.

We should look at each candidate individually, not merely strike one for being "too socially conservative." On the reverse side, some have called Whiteford "too liberal" and therefore she shouldn't be considered. Ugh.

What a bunch of B.S.

Gamrat isn't too Conservative and Whiteford isn't too liberal. Along with Kathleen Berden, the committee has three great choices to pick from. It may be easier to strike one for some dumb, arbitrary reason via an ideological litmus test, but that would be a big  mistake.

Look at all the candidates and what they want to utilize the position for-they all deserve a fair shake.

It's kind of funny that Gamrat was recently blasted by some for being "too moderate" for inviting Lt. Gov. Brian Calley to the Pow Wow event she co-hosts, as well as endorsing Ronna Romney-McDaniel for MIGOP Chair.

With the heat she's taking from both factions, it looks like Gamrat must be doing something right...(How "right" depends on who one talks too :p)

Finley also writes "Michigan needs at least one national committee member who prioritizes economic issues over what Gamrat called in her press release “American values.” Why in the hell do the two have to be mutually exclusive?
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Photo By Darlene Dowling Thompson

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