April 30, 2009

MI GOP Chairman discs Kent County Warriors


Guv unfazed by cancellation of Michigan event

Politics » Huntsman hopes to infuse some life into Republican Party.

Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. said he doesn't feel snubbed by a Michigan county Republican Party's cancellation of a scheduled appearance there on Saturday because it could violate the party's principles.

"I don't interpret it beyond what the party chair told me yesterday when he called, and that was that it involved just a couple of people and it was not representative at all of their state party," Huntsman said.

Kent County Republican Party Chairwoman Joanne Voorhees abruptly cancelled the Saturday fundraiser, writing in a reported e-mail that "voters want and expect us to stand on principle and return to our roots," and holding the Huntsman event "would be doing the exact opposite." (emphasis added)

She didn't say specifically what she objected to, but a group opposing gay marriage quickly praised the move, attributing it to Huntsman's support for civil unions.

The state party chairman, Ron Weiser, arranged an impromptu reception for Huntsman in place of the Kent County event, one of four he will attend this weekend.

Huntsman said he hopes to revitalize the party and to do that, it needs to cast a wider net.

"The party needs to broaden itself," he said, noting that surveys have found that about one in five Americans identify themselves as Republicans, the lowest point since Watergate. "The only way we're going to bring people who have defected into the independent party and nonaffiliated category is through ideas, is through bold solutions ...


This is a good example of the old guard thinking that the GOP must be this caving in compromising hollow container without substance to attract voters.  Three cheers for Joanne Voorhees!

R. George Dunn

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