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Endorsement Tuesday

by: Eric B.

Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 09:45:51 AM EST

Got an e-mail last night from one of this site's best friends alerting me to the endorsment of Lon Johnson by a bunch of elected officials. They are as follows:

From Macomb County: Mark Hackel, County Executive; Anthony Marrocco, Public Works Commissioner; Eric Smith, Prosecutor; Anthony Wickersham, Sheriff. (Update! ... An e-mail from the Johnson folks say that county clerk Camille Sabaugh and county treasurer Ted Wahby have now endorsed their guy)

And non-Macomb County officials: Marilyn Lane, State Representative; Harold Haugh, State Representative; Jim Fouts, Mayor of Warren; Richard Notte, Mayor of Sterling Heights; Suzanne Pixley, Mayor of Eastpointe

(Editor's note: the non-Macomb County officials thing is intended to separate people elected to Macomb County office from local and state officials, not to say that the mayor of Warren is not a Macomb person.) He also yesterday picked up the endorsement of the United Steel Workers.

In the interests of fairness, four days ago, I got an endorsement email on behalf of the Brewer folks that announced that the laborers union is endorsing him, as well as the following local chairs/notable figures:

District Chairs
11th Congressional District – Carol Larkin

County Chairs
Cheboygan – Leonard Page
Marquette – Ben Bohnsack
Menominee – Mari Negro
Muskegon – Robert Carter
St. Clair – Patty Ries

Caucus Chairs
Bangladeshi American Democratic Caucus – Nazmul Hassan
LGBT and Allies Caucus – Phil Volk
Michigan Muslim Democratic Caucus – Shahid Tahir
Indo-American Caucus – Mahendra Kenkre
Pakistani American Caucus – Faiz Khan
Progressive Caucus – Steve Pontoni

Club Chairs
ClintonTwp.  Democratic Club – Judith Strong
Garden City Democratic Club – James Larkin
North Oakland Democratic Club – Phil Reid
North Macomb Democratic Club – Gary Cynowa
Phil Hart Democratic Club – Darlene Kaltz
Rochester Area Democratic Club – Sigrid Grace
South Berrien County Democratic Club – Jeanie Arbanas

You all know that I personally regard an endorsement as mostly worthless, excepting that the person making it has a political machine to deliver votes (see, "Pope, How many divisions he he have?"

Anyway, have at it in comments.

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Thx for the update!
But, the non-Macomb folks you listed are all Macomb folks :)

I'll fix that...
I was going for a "non-Macomb officials" officials thingy.

I'll fix to correct.

Among the Trees

[ Parent ]
Rep. Harvey Santana has endorsed Lon.

From the OCDP: Meet Brewer, Johnson
Come Meet The MDP Chair Candidates...

MDP Chair Candidates:
Mark Brewer & Lon Johnson

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
5th Avenue
215 w. 5th Ave.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Johnson will appear tonight at the OCDP Executive Committee meeting in Novi
Link: https://www.facebook.com/event...

Oakland County Democratic Party
Tues. Feb 12, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Novi United Methodist Church
41671 W. Ten Mile, Novi, MI 48375

After the meeting they plan to go to a nearby restaurant/bar to watch the State of the Union.

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." ~ Harlan Ellison

[ Parent ]
Fouts & Notte
Kind of random question, since I can never quite find the answer, but aren't Jim Fouts and Richard Notte registered Republicans?  I mean, they aren't fire-breathing baggers or anything, but aren't both of them Republicans?  Was kind of surprised to see them endorsing in the inner workings of the MDP.


MIRS Capitol Capsule, Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Bits And Tidbits

Warren Mayor Backs McCain U.S. Sen. John McCAIN's presidential campaign today announced that Warren Mayor Jim FOUTS prefers McCain for president. "John McCain is a proven fighter against wasteful government spending and has shown leadership in working with Independents, Republicans and Democrats," Fouts said. "John McCain alone has both the experience and courage under fire to become an excell...

[ Parent ]
"Registered Republicans"?
I don't know what that term means in Michigan, since we don't have partisan voter registration.  If you are asking if they're paid members of the state Republican Party, that information isn't public, but I doubt it.

Notte, of course, is a former Democratic State Rep.  Judging by the petitions he signs, his votes in the 1992, 2008, and 2012 presidential primaries (the only elections Michigan has held where the party was recorded) and to whom he donates money, I'd say he's a Democrat with a strong ticket-splitting streak.

Fouts leans a little more Republican, but he's still an ambiguous case.  Of the ten contributions I can find to partisan candidates, nine went to Dems.  He voted Democratic in 1992, but Republican in the 2008 and 2012 presidential primaries - but so did I, since there wasn't much point in voting Democratic.

Both of them have donated to Democratic organizations other than candidate campaigns, which suggests they may also have paid for Democratic Party memberships - although I don't know that for sure, since that info is not public.

[ Parent ]
I guess what I was asking was whether they were Republicans, in general, as in, members of the party.  Registered was the wrong word, of course.  

But, this is exactly why I asked, because I wasn't sure.  I knew Fouts had Republican leanings.  I was less sure about Notte.

[ Parent ]
Notte's dem ties are far more solid than Fouts'.

Notte has worked for Democratic politicians in the past and is tight with the UAW.

Fouts ran for the legislature in 1978 as a Republican.  And of course, endorsed Senator McCain in 2008.

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