Anybody out there willing to run against State Senator Patty Birkholz?
Granted, any Democrat who dares to put his or her name on the ballot most assuredly will lose. But think of the opportunity to hold Patty’s feet to the fire in candidate forums and joint appearances. Oh, the places you’ll go!
I have been told by sources that the state Democratic party will pay the $100 filing fee. After that, you’re on your own, but all you’ll really need is the ability to scheme, a gift of gab, a love of mischief and a solid understanding of the importance of holding our politicians accountable. I would welcome any Republican to challenge Ms. Birkholz in the Aug. 8 primary as well. The point here is that no politician ever should get a free ride to being re-elected. Some local hero or heroine should step forward and declare candidacy, then let the fun begin.
If indeed a democracy isn’t about everybody agreeing and being docile and apathetic, but an ongoing debate, an exchange of ideas, I implore, nay beg, someone to step forward, to volunteer, to serve your fellow citizens in a time of crisis. The 24th State Senate District needs and wants you. Not to be elected, but to give her hell, to eloquently voice the frustrations of many people who are not being heard. I hereby offer free political advice and a campaign's worth of on-line agitation and muck raking, for whatever that may be worth which is not much unless a political tsunami crashes through the state and throws the bums out in which case you become the next State Senator (remember who helped you get there).
The deadline is 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the county clerk’s office in Allegan, Barry or Eaton counties. Call Barbara Cichy at (269) 623-8481 about that $100 filing fee (and tell her Pol Watcher sent you).
Just remember the Special Olympians’ prayer is, “Lord, let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”