As we speak, polls across Michigan are open for the primary elections. For us, it's the calm before the storm. In less than 24 hours, Mike Rogers will probably make it through his primary election, bruised but still alive, and the general election season will begin.
Well, it will begin for us anyway. Despite the fact that he's been given a five-week vacation, Mike hasn't showed his face in the district since the Fourth of July. We hit another 5,000 doors last week, had an Op-Ed article printed in the Oakland Press, walked in the Lansing African American Festival Parade, and met with constituents at Senior Power Day in Brighton. Mike, on the other hand, may not even be IN the district.
More about last week and upcoming events below the fold.
Here's a quick summary of last week's events:
-We met with future constituents at the Ingham County Fair on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. We had some interesting encounters, but overall it was great to meet with everyone and spread the word. (We didn't see or hear from Mike during any of the days we were there. Sources tell us he never showed up.)
-We walked with the Pipefitters Local 636 at the African American Festival Parade in Lansing. (Once again, no Mike.)
-The Oakland Press printed our Op-Ed on Mike's hypocritical opposition to the Affordable Care Act.
-We attended Senior Power Day in Mike's hometown of Brighton. Neither Mike nor his primary challengers were present. This is especially disappointing after Mike protested to the Livingston Press & Argus that he has been available and accessible to the citizens of the district. He claims to have "held over 500 community meetings" in the past two years, but apparently he was too busy to come to a public event that he was invited to.
As we have mentioned, the general election season starts tomorrow. We're dropping the hammer on our ground game as soon as the polls close. We're planning to coordinate a lot of literature drops, door-to-door, and events in Rochester and Rochester Hills (the newest additions to the district), and with lit drops, meetings, and fundraisers, we're going to have a constant presence in Livingston County from now until the November election.
We're still cranking out testimonial videos, so if you live in the district and would like to make a record of your support for us (or your dislike of Mike), please contact us.
The campaign is looking very good right now. Mike must be nervous, or else he wouldn't have broken his media silence on non-Intel Committee matters in that Livingston Post article (above).
Over the next few weeks, once the waters settle after the primary, we're going to work on solidifying the Democratic ticket in the district, from the national races (the President, Debbie Stabenow, and us) all the way down. We have to start giving all of our candidates the support they need. If we do that, we're going to win, hands down. Change is coming!
That's all for now, check back in next Tuesday for another campaign update.