Monday, August 27, 2007

Valde Garcia threatened with recall on upcoming tax votes

Leon Drolet and the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance are sending a message to BOTH parties on taxes. Vote for tax increases and you will be recalled. Valde Garcia is one of the targets. From the Argus.

State Sen. Valde Garcia said he’s being targeted in a recall of legislators who may vote for tax increases because of his refusal to sign “no-tax” pledges.
Garcia, R-Marion Township, was one of several state Republican and Democratic representatives and senators named in recall papers filed on Monday by Leon Drolet, a former Republican state representative and leader of the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance.

Drolet said anti-tax organizers on Monday filed or intended to file with local clerks nine statements of organization setting up potential recall efforts, with another one against Garcia to come later this week.

The moves will take care of paperwork so recall language can be proposed quickly if lawmakers vote to raise taxes, Drolet said.

Valde Garcia is a good man. More often than not, I agree with him. He does need to be watched closely on tax votes however, and is oftentimes a fencesitter on those votes. He usually goes our way in the end, but did vote for the "tax shift" a few years back.

The rest of the targets? In the House:
Andy Dillon, D-Redford
Marc Corriveau, D-Northville
Mary Valentine, D-Muskegon
Gino Polidori, D-Dearborn
Ed Gaffney, R-Grosse Pointe Farms
Richard Ball, R-Laingsburg.

The Senate:
Glenn Anderson, D-Westland
Dennis Olshove, D-Warren
Gerald Van Woerkom, R-Norton Shores
Valde Garcia, R-Howell

Bipartisan targeting.

3 comments: said...

This one's not going to make Leon any friend in Lansing but something tells me that didn't factor into his decision.

If nothing else, conservatives are consistent!

Wish we could say the same of the Dems.


Communications guru said...

You mean bipartisan intimidation. This is the first time I have ever seen a preemptive recall. This will go nowhere, and I hope he tries.

Bachbone said...

Voter "bipartisan intimidation" is laughable. It's wrong for taxpayers to let politicians know ahead of time that their vote for higher taxes could result in their recall, but it's perfectly all right, even "statesmanlike," for politicians to tell taxpayers that voting "NO!" on higher taxes means fire fighters, police and/or animal control officers will be laid off, and that road projects will be canceled putting every driver's life at risk on lousy roads. And of course, it's fine and dandy for politicians to keep their 3-day work weeks, taxpayer provided laptop computers, cell phones and Lincoln Navigators while protective services are cut.

It's okay for Lansing dunderheads to spend taxes on unneeded commuter rail lines instead of shoring some of the dozens of bridges in need of repair, then say we need higher gas taxes and expect us to genuflect and pay them.

Actually, "bipartisan intimidation" has been going on by politicians for a long time now and is being recognized by more and more voters. That's why more and more of us see ourselves as "Independent" rather than Democrat or Republican.

I did a little "bipartisan intimidation" myself on the immigration bill. I told every mountebank in Washington who voted for it, regardless of party, that I'd donate a few bucks to any challeneger they had next time they ran.

It's a "sauce for the gander" thing, ya know?