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Removing transparency from campaign finance was the greatest thing ever done on our behalf

by: Eric B.

Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 10:23:57 AM EDT

Saw this circulating over social media over the weekend. It's a story about ads being run in the Detroit area about the race for Wayne County executive.

CANTON, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Wayne County Executive race for the primary election is heating up, and now we have discovered that a group of Republicans is getting in the mix by funding ads that promote a Democratic candidate.

Once 7 Action News Investigator Heather Catallo started asking questions, people associated with the ads started scrambling to fix some important paperwork.

The candidate in question is Bill Wild, who I believe has zero shot of winning, but they are smear ads. And they are funded by ... who knows? The paper trail leads back to two possible Republican sources, but no one admits to being responsible. So, no one knows which means there's no way to hold anyone accountable or even ask why. It's almost as if they're kicking the tires on a new and exciting program of secretly funded smear ads being run for no particular reason. It's the free expression of speech, we're told.

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Wild has "zero chance" only if you assume Evans is a lock
Evans may well be, but no one is really considering how many Republicans -- facing unopposed primaries on most of their ballots (the 11th District kerfuffle between Trott and Bentivolio being the main exception) -- might cross over just to put their man Bill Wild over the top.

Detroit voters have been beaten down for years, and have a lot of other distractions -- counting on them for a strong turnout may be problematic.

In which case, it comes down to whether Phil Cavanagh can run well against Wild in the rest of the County.

I'm a bit surprised at the floor falling out from underneath Kevin McNamara's campaign. Seems he's now running BEHIND even Bob Ficano.

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

I actually wouldn't be upset if either Wild, Evans, or Cavanagh wins, but I'm leaning to the Wild side.

Even if some Republicans support him, it does not mean that he is going in there and acting like GWB but they probably see him as a person that would be more willing to compromise and make tough financial decisions (whether that is true or not).

I know Wild has done a great job in Westland and completely turned that city around. From the people I know that live there, they all seem to love him. It also seems like he has business support and no record of any controversial dealings (unlike Evans), which is another reason I like him. Having raised the most money in the race and was second in the last poll I saw, I wouldn't say he has "no chance".

With the new hit commercial out on Evans, I think this race could become close at the end. Although I do still think Evans will pull it out. Unfortunately.  

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Is it a television commercial?
Since we don't often watch live television, I miss out on most of the TV political commercials.

I have heard pro-Bill Wild and pro-Warren Evans commercials on urban radio stations, as well as pro-Brenda Lawrence from her campaign and from third party supporters. I heard the pro-Brenda Lawrence ad from her campaign on WWJ as well.

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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Yes it is on tv. I've seen it a handful of times, most recently during Jeopardy last week.

It's a really good attack piece, touching on Evans' being fired and from the girl being shot by Detroit Police when that tv show was following them around. This is followed by a clip of Evans saying "When you're dead, you're dead".  

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Sounds intense.

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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No surprise there re: McNamara
Isaac Robinson is running his operation!  

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Efforts to bounce Evans off the ballot
Tom Yack, Canton's ex-supervisor (and current member of the Township Board), filed suit to disqualify Evans on the grounds that he failed to meet the residency requirement. Phil Cavanaugh filed a similar suit. Both were dismissed. The judge ruled that the 30-day residency period is counted backwards from the date of the election and not the filing deadline, which means that Evans--who switched his residency from Washtenaw County to Wayne County in April--meets the requirement.

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.

"run for no particular reason"
I wouldn't say "no reason."  Wild has been endorsed by the Detroit News, which means that the local GOP might actually like him.  Then again, the News also endorsed Sheffield against Conyers.  That's not love of Sheffield, but their old hatred of Conyers at work.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!

A couple of old friends are associated w/Citizens for Responsible Government
From the WXYZ-TV story:

The registered agent for that non-profit is former Canton Republican State Representative Deborah Whyman. Also on the board: Macomb County Republican and former State Representative Leon Drolet.

Whyman was, and presumably still is, part of the Religious Right. Four years ago, she lost to Pothole Pat Colbeck in the 7th District Senate primary.

Mr. Drolet requires no introduction here.

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.

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