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Brewer camp announces support of 42 local chairs

by: Eric B.

Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 10:56:24 AM EST

From Ye Olde Inbox. For folks who thought the race for MDP chairman was going to wrap up by this weekend.

Today, 42 Congressional District and County Party chairs across Michigan endorsed Mark Brewer’s re-election to MDP chair.

“I’m proud to have the support of Democratic Party leadership throughout the state,” said Brewer, who just finished his regular tour to Democratic organizations throughout northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

“These Democratic leaders are the foundation of our Party,” said Brewer. “They are the ones that have helped our Party grow, succeed and deliver for Democratic candidates up and down the ticket.”

Chairs from all around the state expressed their respect for Brewer’s achievements in Party building, financial stability, work ethic and winning elections.

“Mark has done a tremendous job of taking the fight to the Republicans,” said Calhoun County Chair Dave Morgan. “He led the effort to expose Jase Bolger’s election rigging scheme and he’s currently trying to stop the GOP from rigging the Electoral College system. We need to have Mark Brewer continuing to fight for us every day.”

"Under Mark's leadership local parties have a real partner in the state party,” said Macomb County Chair Ed Bruley. “We have been given the tools to keep us funded and to reduce the cost for local candidates to run and win local office. Mark's efforts have made the difference for local candidates between winning and losing elections."

The rest, including a list of the respective chairs, is posted below the fold.

Eric B. :: Brewer camp announces support of 42 local chairs

“No one works harder than Mark Brewer to see that our candidates and Party organizations have what they need to win,” said John Ashcraft, Chair of the 9th Congressional District. “Oakland County has been one of the major battleground areas in the country. We have experienced a lot of success in Oakland in recent years, and Mark has been a big part of those victories.”

“Mark has been a great friend to northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula,” said Dorothy Johnson, Chair of the 1st Congressional District. “We’ve seen Mark here more than any other Democrat over the years.”

“Before Mark, the MDP was in major debt,” said Jacquelyn Tennis, Chair of the Eaton County Dems. “He paid off that debt and has maintained a balanced budget every year.”

The election for MDP chair will take place at Cobo Center in Detroit on February 23 as part of the MDP spring convention.

District and County Chair Endorsements

1st Congressional District – Dorothy Johnson

2rd Congressional District – Steve Keglovitz

4th Congressional District – Toni Sessoms

9th Congressional District – John Ashcraft

Alger – Loretta Herman

Alpena – Linda Ayers

Arenac – Gail Schmidt

Arenac – Michael Snyder

Bay – Brent Pilarski

Baraga – Ronald LeClaire

Berrien – Robert Miller

Benzie – Marcie Stobie

Branch – James Bilsborrow

Calhoun – David Morgan

Delta – Nancy Winneroski

Dickinson – Judy Stock

Eaton – Jacquelyn Tennis

Emmet – Colleen Ryan

Gratiot – LD Hollenbeck

Houghton – Brian Hoduski

Houghton – Brian Rendel

Huron – Jeanne Henry

Ingham – Sandra Zerkle

Ionia – Lynn Mason

Iosco – Rozanne Curley

Iron – Ronald Sherwood

Isabella – Mary Barker

Kalamazoo – Dave Pawloski

Leelanau – Elizabeth Johnson

Livingston – Judith Daubenmier

Luce – Jill Maki

Mackinac – Jo Ann Ford

Macomb – Ed Bruley

Manistee – Glenn Lottie

Mason – Christiane Fonnesbeck

Monroe – Danny Minton

Newaygo – Dallas Dean

Oceana – James Cunningham

Ontonagon – Roger Halquist

Sanilac – Richard Partlo

Schoolcraft – Dixie Anderson

Van Buren – Celinda Gilmore

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When Did They Endorse?
I know some county parties endorsed before the news broke out of the push to replace Brewer by the UAW, Teamsters and the Democratic congressional delegation.

Just to provide some context
for that impressive list of Chair endorsements -- Mr. Brewer had people calling the Chairs to ask for their endorsement just as soon as it became clear there was a race, and before many of the Chairs may have realized there would be one. So, if the first thing a Chair hears about this is "Will you endorse Mark Brewer?" -- not knowing who, if anyone, is opposing him -- the reaction of some will be, "Well, sure, I guess."

I am not implying that many of the above endorsements are not well considered (clearly, some who are quoted above make substantive points, many of which I agree with). I am not saying that there is anything wrong with asking early. On the contrary, it is smart politics. I am just pointing out that it is possible at least a few of the above might feel differently now -- but they are already committed. Full disclosure -- I know this because I got a call; and I have not as of yet publicly endorsed either candidate. Mark Miller, Sixth District

I bet some of the smaller and less active county parties could have been in the dark about the race but the big ones (that will actually have a good amount of votes at the convention) would have know. Has anyone from Lon's camp called you and when? He has had feelers out there for a decent time and most people got calls about it.

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No, I have not been called by Lon's camp.
I did get an email generated when I signed up at his website to get info. Also, I got an IM from someone I gather is working for him after I signed up at his website.

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for the reply.

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Also, it's fewer than half the counties, and many of them are rural and lightly populated
It's a long list, but it's also less than half the counties in the state and Congressional districts. While Macomb endorsed Brewer, a Macomb guy, the most populous counties in the state aren't on the list. No Kent. No Genesee. No Oakland. No Wayne.

Also, the chair of the 9th district endorsed Brewer, but the Congressman from that district -- Gary Peters -- endorsed Lon Johnson.

Among the Trees

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No Washtenaw.

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Not suprising
I would guess the people who are actually involved in their local county party and probably have been for years if not decades are not keen on a guy becoming chair who hasn't even been on a e-board for a county party before.

Mirs got it right last night that these endorsement mean more then the Senate and CD delegation because county chairs can actually deliver votes at the convention whereas elected haven't in the past outside of Dingell. I remember watching a congressperson cast nearly the only vote for a candidate at an the convention before while the opposition got about 95% of the districts vote.

Also, I thought that the Congressional letter would end this race.
Clearly, I was wrong about that.

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