Saturday, October 10, 2009

Rocky for Congress - 9th District

We have some good news in the 9th District. Rocky Raczkowski is running against Gary Peters. Rocky's a good candidate who has a history of winning tough races. He won three times in Farmington Hills against democrats in a democrat leaning district won by Gore, Kerry, and Obama. He even beat Aldo Vagnozzi, who later won the district three times himself.

I was at the Rocky announcement today in Oakland County. The turnout surprised me. I saw roughly 250 people there, on a Saturday morning, less than an hour before a football game. A lot of the people I talked to there wern't the people I normally see at Oakland County political events. I'm more familiar with NORC, but a lot of people there are just now getting politically active. They are unhappy with the job Washington is doing, including Gary Peters, who supports retroactive tax increases, stimulus packages that only help government, bailouts, cap and trade, and the governmental health care takeover.

Rocky was termed out in 2002 so he wasn't part of the problem in Lansing. The problems came after he left. He ran against Carl Levin in 02 on a shoestring budget and was thrown to the wolves without any party help whatsoever taking one for the team. The most shameful thing about that race was when State Party at the time had the gubenatorial candidate (a good guy) and then the closing remarks, and have Rocky speak after closing. Rocky is a very good speaker, and that should have been used to have Rocky bring up the rest of ticket. Everyone is on the same side, or should be. What happened was unacceptable and I hope to never see that again.

This shouldn't happen here. Rocky's two biggest weaknesses against Levin shouldn't be an issue here. Name recognition and money. Rocky won three times in Farmington Hills, part of the 9th District. His name recognition is little different than Mike Rogers when he ran in 2000 for the open seat. The whole district is in Oakland County. The other weakness is money. Right now with the angry mood of the country and the heavily fiscally left wing approach by both state and federal democrat officials, good candidates, like those who won three times in bluish districts, can raise money. I'm sure Rocky can get some help here against a new incumbent in Peters.

Rocky was going to run in 2006, but dropped out because his country called him to service. Rocky's a Major in the Army Reserves, serving three tours. He just got back home a couple of weeks ago. Welcome Home, Rocky. In addition to his service, he's a business owner as CEO of Star Tickets so he has the business experience as well as his legislative and military experience.

Rocky's website is in the works, and much of it is completed. He's a solid conservative with a good voting record in the state house. He will be a major improvement over the joker in there currently in Peters.

Rocky has my support for Congress.


Rotti said...

I was there this morning and had a long one on one talk with Rocky. I think we may have a gem there.

I will add your blog to my site so I can keep of your postings on him.

Communications guru said...

Raczkowski is nothing more than a designated loser and a sacrificial lamb. It will be no different in this election. When was the last time that guy won an election?

Rotti said...

Considering your progressive and liberal backgroud, I understand your sentiments, but that doesn't give you the right to be insulting and denigrading. Rocky is a great American that was willing to give his life for this country. Perhaps you have forgotten the elections he won for MI house and senate, he was term limited. Please, lets be civil.

Communications guru said...

I served in the military also, as did Congressman Peters, and I stand by what I said. By the way, he has never won an election for Michigan Senate, and he won’t win a congressional election either.

PB said...


Don't forget that Rocky is going to be running in a GOP primary first against certified loser Paul Welday. While I expect him to win the primary, I am certain that this will tie him down, and force him to waste money while Peters runs up the money. Seriously, I don't expect Rocky to win unless there is a wave in Michigan. Simply put, unless "Taxing" Tim Walberg beats Mark Shaurer, Rocky isn't going to win.

Rotti said...

I agree that Peters has already collected his fair share of contributions, about $ 1mil from special interest and union groups, therefor promoting more corruption. People are waking up, they are looking for the Rocky kind of Americans.

A Conservative Teacher said...

Peters won a district that was a Republican district. The demographics have changed, but it is not an easy win for Peters, especially because he voted for bills that will harm Michigan and send money to other states (cap-and-tax, for example). Those votes will come back to hurt him, as they should, because under his leadership, things have gotten very very very bad in his district. Rockey needs an easy primary win and then a hard charge at a wrong-idea Peters, and he can and will win.

Communications guru said...

Sorry, you must be mistaking Congressman Peters for a Republican. There is no corruption.

Republican Michigander said...

Rocky has a good shot to win. It's not an easy district, but Rocky's state rep district based in Farmington Hills was more democrat than the 9th as a whole.

Bush won the 9th twice, despite losing Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield, Clawson (once), Madison Heights, and despite getting trounced in Royal Oak and Pontiac.

Nothing against Paul Welday, but Rocky should not have a lot of troubles in the primary. Welday is a behind the scenes guy and lost his state rep big which was in Rocky's district. It wasn't all his fault because of a prevent defense strategy in Lansing, but Rocky knows how to win both blowouts and nail biters. He only lost once, to Levin.

Hi said...

Aren't you guys concerned that your Republican candidate for State Representative Marty Knollenberg voted to keep his lifetime Health Benefits and cost taxpayers millions. He is not holding up to the conservative principles. This is a problem.