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While Democrat Trevor Thomas spent much of last week trying to hype up a phony poll that showed him in the lead in the primary race to face tea-party favorite Justin Amash in Michigan's 3rd congressional district, a new poll released today by highly respected firm Greenberg, Quinlan & Rosner Research shows that it is actually Democrat Steve Pestka that holds a commanding 24-point lead over Thomas in the primary race.  

From the Grand Rapids Press today:

“Steve Pestka starts this race with an imposing lead over Trevor Thomas, and is in a strong position to win this primary by a significant margin,” Andrew Baumann, a firm vice president, wrote in a campaign memo.
Unlike Thomas' poll that told respondents completely false statements about Pestka to shift support to Thomas' side, a move that caused some of Michigan's most prominent Democrats to condemn the poll and call on Thomas to stop spreading lies, this poll appears to be straightforward in its methodology, asking 400 respondents who they would vote for between the two candidates.

Unfortunately, instead of vowing to work harder to try to defeat Justin Amash, a goal that seemingly should be shared by ALL Democrats in West Michigan, Thomas' camp has once again responded to the poll by attacking Pestka and spreading the same misinformation about him that brought him nearly universal scorn from Michigan's Democrats.

While the Michigan Democratic Party has continued to ask both candidates to run a clean campaign so that the winner ultimately emerges from the primary ready to take on Congressman Amash, it would seem Thomas is more interested in attacking his fellow Democrat and taking a "win at all costs" approach to the primary.  Unfortunately, that isn't an approach that's likely to help him or the Democratic efforts at large in West Michigan.  Not that it seems he really cares.

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  •  Steve Petska Had a... (3+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, newdem1960, chancew

    100% rating from Right to Life and a 0% rating from planned parenthood when he was a legislator.

    That's what the Thomas campaign pointed out today in their response to this poll.

    Are you claiming that's false?

    Petska IS opposed to abortion.  He has never denied it.

    Are you claiming THAT is false??

    For the second week in a row, you have referred to statements of the Thomas campaign as being false and/or misleading.  Last week you accentuated that by claiming that "Jocelyn Benson has condemned Trevor Thomas' campaign" (which I still can't find any evidence of) and by quoting an anonymous response to a news article as if it were proven to be the words of a poll respondent.

    WHICH statements are false/misleading?

    Too Folk For You. - Schmidting in the Punch Bowl - verb - Committing an unexpected and underhanded political act intended to "spoil the party."

    by TooFolkGR on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 09:12:03 AM PDT

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