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The Democratic gubernatorial race in Michigan right now is a bit of a clown show. The front runner, Lt. Governor John Cherry has left the race. A former state Treasurer got in and out in less than a week. Even George Perles, former Mich.State Univ. football coach has been suggested as a candidate. Right now the mayor of Lansing Virg Bernero, two state Reps, Alma Wheeler-Smith and Speaker of the House Andy Dillon, and Genesee County treasurer Dan Kildee are all in.

The GOP is putting up a number of candidates in including Pete Hoekstra, Rick Snyder and AG Mike Cox (yes, that's really his name.)

But now comes Tea Partier Stacey Mathia. Will she be a spoiler for the Republicans?

Stacey Mathias is running as an independent but it's clear she's affiliated with the Tea Party "movement".

[H]ow does Stacey Mathia, who is running as independent but is affiliated with the Tea Party movement, think she’s going to do it? It starts with the basics.

"If you look at Michigan, and what we’ve had here the past eight years, we’ve lost all common sense," Mathia says.


Mathia’s first priority would be the elimination of the Michigan Business Tax

Yes, taxes are the cause of all our problems. In addition to repealing the MBT, she would "cut our government budget by a minimum of 15% upon innauguration [sic]."

Besides misspelling "inauguration", her website also tells us:

I am not a professional politician.  I am a mother of four wonderful children that until recently I have home schooled for the past several years.  I have grown angry with the arrogance of our elected officials.  That anger is what led me to make the decision to run for Governor of Michigan!

She's such a dedicated angry mother that she had to leave them to run for governor:

Last month, she temporarily relocated to Bay City -- leaving her four children, ages 2-13, in the care of a relative -- to run for office.

Mathias is a Tenther, is anti-union, and she opposes investment in clean energy and, apparently, efficiency:

"We are pouring millions of dollars into wind energy and energy-efficiency, and we have mandates on our companies that both Republicans and Democrats have supported," Mathia said. "This is going to raise our rates as consumers. If you mandate that a company be efficient, that’s going to affect the people who pay for it."

This is perhaps the first time in my life I've ever heard a candidate run an anti-efficiency campaign.

Considering her very conservative, anti-government views, it seems clear that Mathias will draw votes not from the Democrats but from Republicans almost exclusively. Could she be the saving grace for the Democrats who seem to be struggling to get their act together? Only time will tell if she, like Doug Hoffman in the New York 23rd District race before her, spoils it for the Republicans. At this point, it seems unlikely that Mathias will put together a campaign that's a threat to anyone except her family.

She will need to collect 30,000 petition signatures by mid-July to get on the November ballot as an Independent candidate. To do that, and put together a campaign, Mathia will have to raise money, something she said hasn't worked out so far.

"A lot of people want to help, but they can't do anything financially," she said last week.

As a result, a campaign manager she imported from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Tea Party favorite, has gone home until she can pay him.

"For right now, I'm doing it on my own," she said.

She apparently fired the person who does her blog, too. It has one entry from two months ago.

As a side note, the Letters to the Editor section of the Detroit Free Press had, on the same page as their article about Mathias, two quite excellent letters. One asked:

What will all the Tea-Partyers give up?

This is really a question for all those who support the Tea Party who want less taxes and less government. Please, clearly tell me what government services you would give up personally to have both -- not what you want others to give up, but you personally. Spell it out for the rest of us, because your government waste may be someone else's necessary program.

Will you ask others to give up better roads, better military armor, better schools, or even their medical support so taxes can be lowered? Should we cut out regulations that protect our environment? Should we stop taking care of our national parks, which our grandparents left in our care?

Should we slow our support for businesses to retool and rebuild? Who will stop big business from running over the rights of little guys if we go back to small government? What does your America look like in 10 years if you get your way?

Nailed it.

UPDATE: Don't look now but it turns out she's a dreaded "Community Organizer"!!!

Sarah Palin is not going to be happy about this...

I'm just sayin'...
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Originally posted to Eclectablog - eclectic blogging for a better tomorrow on Mon Mar 01, 2010 at 05:21 AM PST.

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    •  less gov't is always best.. reads a local LTE.. (5+ / 0-)

      We have in our community many right-wing nuts, but this guy takes the cake. I think he must be a bircher, he goes on rants about conspiracies and he's pissed as hell that the county council last fall did away with Sunday blues laws.  
      His latest LTE was in regard to a plant that makes diesel engines locating here. While the nut may have a point concerning corporate welfare, this particular sentence sums up the man's stupidity:  

      It is the function of the county gov't to provide an environment that is favorable to the free market such as lower taxes, less regulation, roads, water,etc.

      That's going to be quite a feat for the county gov't to provide roads, water, etc. without taxes.  

  •  I'm still trying to wrap my head around (5+ / 0-)

    this part:

    [Re. energy efficiency] "This is going to raise our rates as consumers. If you mandate that a company be efficient, that's going to affect the people who pay for it."

    Rates might go up for a time around/after the initial investment for conversion, but -- and I'm no expert or anything -- doesn't it seem like rates would go DOWN after awhile, or at least level off to where they were? Again, I could be wrong, but I always thought "efficiency" meant getting more energy for less money and/or resources.

    Anyway, yeah, this could be interesting. I'm getting a vaguely Sarah Palin vibe from this.

    •  It's a VERY Sarah Palin vibe (4+ / 0-)
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      I totally agree. The whole "I'm a devoted home-schooling mom but I have to abandon my family to run for a political office to head up a government I despise" think is Palinesque, for sure.

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      by Eclectablog on Mon Mar 01, 2010 at 06:09:11 AM PST

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    •  These morons blithely ignore (5+ / 0-)

      the fact that energy from fossil sources is only going to increase in cost anyway. Do they want to send money to terrorist supporting regimes like Iran, or to Venezuela, or whoever their boogeyman of the month is? Or should we keep our money and produce our own energy and jobs?

      They are tools and don't even know it. Pathetic.

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Mon Mar 01, 2010 at 06:35:40 AM PST

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    •  Yes, of course they will go down after awhile (4+ / 0-)
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      If I will save about $70,000 over the next 40 years on my old electricity bill, it does the same proportionately for communities.

      That's why Michigan's current governor Granholm is paying people to put solar on their roofs.

      Michigan Gov to Repower Detroit With Solar Roofs for as Low as $6,000

      In 2007, Michigan’s Governor Granholm had instigated one of the most progressive climate targets of any state in the US, to achieve an EU Kyoto Accord level of greenhouse gas reduction of 20% below 1990 by 2020.

      To get there, she set out a combination of renewable energy incentives that make solar roofs in the nearly abandoned city a slam dunk, and which could bring out-of-pocket costs down to as little as $6,000.

      In 2007, she signed the ambitious target. And to get there, she invited some serious thinkers to analyze the cost-effectiveness of various policy options. After a more than a year of intensive stakeholder collaboration and cost-benefit analysis, they recommended 54 climate mitigation policy actions to lower greenhouse gases and achieve a $25 billion net gain in the gross state product.

      One of the policy options recommended was "Incentives to Promote Renewable Energy Systems Implementation".

      She took their advice and budgeted $25 million for solar rebates. Now the local utility, DTE Energy, as part of the its compliance plan under the state Renewable Portfolio Standard – which requires that it buy more renewable energy each year – will pay residents to install solar power that feeds the grid. They can stop the offer only once their customers have collectively installed 5 MW of solar power. Any customers of DTE Energy are eligible.

      Because the rebate pays $2,400 for every KW installed, a 5 KW system would be $12,000 off.

      Like all Americans, Detroit homeowners would get the new 30% tax credit, which would reduce cost another $6,900, leaving an out-of-pocket cost of just $6,000, according to calculations by Solar Fred at Solar Power Rocks.

      In addition, the utility will continue to pay a Feed-in Tariff of 11 cents per kilowatt-hour. This would bring in income year after year, which Solar Fred estimates, assuming average Detroit rain, snow and a good roof orientation, could amount to a tidy $610 or so a year.

  •  don't appreciate calling Dem side a clown show (4+ / 0-)

    I'm starting to getting involved in Virg Bernero's campaign.  I'm furious that Dillon decided to get into the race.  I'm not sure that he's running as a Republican or Democrat.  I met Alma Wheeler Smith, a nice and sincere public official that I'll concede, doesn't stand a prayer.

    but aim your guns at the Republican side, a true hodge podge of clinical insanity.

    Boycott Alabama to protest Richard Shelby's slanders against the workers of Michigan and the midwest.

    by gaspare on Mon Mar 01, 2010 at 05:34:25 AM PST

    •  Well, that's the way I see it (2+ / 0-)
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      I love Alma but she isn't showing the level of engagement and enthusiasm that will convince the vast majority of Michiganders who have never heard of her that she's a good choice. Virg seems solid and has enthusiasm so I wish him well. Still he brings some baggage with him. Cherry raising a ton of money then dropping out along with Bowman's four-day campaign combined with Dillon mucking up the field all spells "clown show" to me. The Dems need to be more unified than they are and, so far, I'm not seeing it.

      I still need to learn more about Kildee and Bernero and their positions before I decide who gets my support.

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      by Eclectablog on Mon Mar 01, 2010 at 05:59:07 AM PST

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    •  I was hoping Dillon would not run (1+ / 0-)
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      I won't vote for him.  I hope that Joe Schawarz runs as an independent so I have a backup candidate in case Dillon is the nominee.

      I agree, Alma Wheeler Smith has no chance of winning the nomination.  I could see her being the lieutenant governor nominee though.

      I'm leaning toward Dan Kildee.  I've seen an interview he gave to a Grand Rapids TV station, as well as some videos from a forum (which included Smith and Bernero).  The more I saw Kildee, the more I liked him.  

  •  would be better off as a "R" state (0+ / 0-)

    With the state of Detroit and MI, I think it would be better off to remove this debacle from us.  I really no longer want to be associated with the "D" asshats running that city or state.

    I say let them have it.  

  •  From your lips (2+ / 0-)
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    to God's ear.

    Just saying.

  •  Gretchen Whitmer quit her campaign for AG because (3+ / 0-)
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    ...she's a single mom who had small children and couldn't justify -- in her mind -- being away from them for long periods of time on the cammpaign trail.

    Just sayin'

  •  We should help her get on the ballot. (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Her candidacy looks a little quixotic (3+ / 0-)

    and not likely to be a threat to anyone.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Mon Mar 01, 2010 at 06:15:40 AM PST

  •  These teabaggers are (0+ / 0-)

    a bunch of closet John Birchers with no solutions, only complaints. The more noise they make, the more they divide the Republicans and alienate sane independent voters. More power to 'em!

    This rec list diary has some interesting insights into the teabaggers and their connection to past right wing craziness.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Mon Mar 01, 2010 at 06:56:24 AM PST

    •  I don't see them being able to actually govern (1+ / 0-)
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      They have no ideas other than to downsize government and cut taxes but that doesn't resolve the multitude of problems our state/country face. Why on earth would you put someone in charge of something they despise? Would you put someone who hated the auto industry at the helm of GM???

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      by Eclectablog on Mon Mar 01, 2010 at 07:09:27 AM PST

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