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  •  Many people believe Trevor is in stronger position (0+ / 0-)

    to defeat Amash than is Pestka.

    Bob Eleveld, who used to chair the Kent County Republican Party back when Republicans cared about women, explained why he thought Trevor is best able to defeat Amash. A couple of key points:

    First, I know from experience that Republicans and moderates are not going to vote for a candidate whose “strength” comes from union endorsements and the Democratic establishment.  Republicans and moderates will only vote for a Democrat who presents a new, different message that goes beyond the traditional constituencies. Trevor Thomas grew up in a union household, and he will be able to connect with the union rank-and-file on election day, but at the same time he is taking independent positions. When Trevor Thomas wins the Democratic primary without widespread interest group support, voters will know that he is not beholden to those interests, and they will appreciate that independence.

    Second, for a Democrat to win in West Michigan that Democrat must be able to appeal to voters across party lines and energize a committed base of voters. Trevor Thomas is a new kind of Democrat – socially progressive and fiscally responsible – who can appeal to people across the political spectrum. He is the only candidate in this election who has endorsements and support from Republicans and Democrats. That is important for a Democrat to be able to win in November.

    "There is a difference between being wealthy and being out of touch. One is remembering where you came from. The other is not knowing where others came from." - BoiseBlue

    by ScottyUrb on Sat Jul 14, 2012 at 07:32:37 PM PDT

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    •  There's your "progressive" Dem (0+ / 0-)

      Using Republicans to bash unions and Democratic leaders.

      What a joke.

      West Michigan Rising the blog for progressives building our left coast

      by philgoblue on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 09:08:13 AM PDT

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      •  Bashing ≠ telling the (inconvenient) truth (0+ / 0-)

        I wish we could win solely on the support of unions and active Democrats, but this is West Michigan. We need someone who can appeal to people across the spectrum. The fact that Bob is supporting Trevor tells us that Trevor is able to do that. Same can be said of Meg Goebel, daughter of the last Republican nominee to lose this seat.

        As Bob knows, Amash is an insult to the values of Gerald Ford and other great statesmen - and we need to throw him out of office. Having followed Amash since his 2008 campaign for State House, I agree wholeheartedly. Here, Bob makes a crystal-clear argument that Trevor is in prime position to beat him in the fall. Disagree if you wish, but no need to smear.

        -ScottyUrb, grandson of a 45-year union man

        "There is a difference between being wealthy and being out of touch. One is remembering where you came from. The other is not knowing where others came from." - BoiseBlue

        by ScottyUrb on Sun Jul 15, 2012 at 12:12:03 PM PDT

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