Doctors' lobbying group says
Brian Calley's their 'boy'
It should have been no surprise Thursday when the Michigan Doctors’ Political Action Committee announced its endorsement of Brian Calley for 87th District State Representative.
This same group was one of the heaviest supporters of Gary Newell, the guy who has sat in that seat for the last six years, doing virtually nothing except the bidding of special interests. In case you didn’t know, Newell has been chairman on the House subcommittee on health and he’s done a fine job of advancing the agenda of the doctors’ PAC and health insurance companies. What has Newell done for Joe Citizen? Sorry, but ordinary people don’t have a lot of money and they don’t make big contributions to election campaigns so Gary Newell ignored your concerns and ignored the massive problems with our health care system in order to siphon off campaign contributions from his lobbyist buddies in Lansing.
The reason I say it’s no surprise is that Calley is the chosen one, the “boy” who has been selected by the Republican Party machine and its corporate backers and PACs to succeed Newell in Lansing. Newell himself has been said to be a big backer of Calley, an Ionia County Commissioner who has learned well the lessons of walking, talking, acting and being one of those cookie cutter candidates who are cranked out by the GOP insiders in smoke-filled rooms where the problems of the little people are not only ignored but actually made worse so the robber barons of the 21st century can pursue their profits on Wall Street while ignoring the sad sacks on Main Street. As I’ve said here before, Calley’s damn good at kissing babies, cozying up to the people with money, schmoozing and telling voters what he thinks they want to hear. But how much is he going to do for you?
Yes, I’m saying I believe Calley is as phony as a three-dollar bill. I’m even more alarmed there are plenty of people who will go to the polls on Aug. 8 and select this slick golden boy and then they’ll have the gall to tell me and others they’re tired of all those slick politicians who don’t care about us and only seem interested in collecting enough money to get elected and re-elected. Somehow they don’t understand they’re being hustled, flim-flammed, sold a bill of goods, taking it between the cheeks, however you want to call it. Collectively, we’re suckers. P.T. Barnum was right. We don’t recognize a slick politician when he comes up to us and bites us on the arse let alone when he shakes our hand and tells us what we want to hear.
The Michigan Doctors’ Political Action Committee is the political arm of the 15,000-member Michigan State Medical Society. In its press release, it said, “Physicians in Michigan want the best government possible for all citizens and we know Brian Calley can help move us to that objective... Brian Calley has shown dedication to improving our health care care system and we believe he will provide the experience necessary in these tough budget times.”
What experience? Has he been trained by Newell in the of doing the bidding of monied special interests while only giving lip service to the public? If you want more of the same- special interest-controlled government that works for big money types while screwing the little guys- then vote to re-elect Gary Newell, vote for Brian Calley. But if you want something different, if you want someone who's going to stand up and say no to the PACs and the lobbyists and their large campaign checks that allow politicians to ignore you then take a look around and find the candidate that doesn't look like every other politician, who doesn't talk like every other politician. You know who my choice is- Brian Reynolds. A lot of people are saying Brian just doesn't look the part. Well, if you want a guy who walks and talks like a typical politician then you give up your right to complain when they turn into politicians and forget about who sent them to Lansing. Go ahead and vote for another slick politician with lots of money to spend and see what you end up with. Just make sure to come back here so I can say I told you so!
Perhaps the most stunning part of all of this me is that I have learned maverick Barry County Commissioner Mike Callton supports this weasel, Brian Calley. This is another sign that Calley is lining up "the right people" to support his campaign and that it's really Brian Calley versus all the Barry County candidates. I ask the voters of Barry and Ionia County: Are you going to let this slick weasel represent you in Lansing and get himself six years of living high on your dime and a fat pension to keep him secure the rest of his life (probably spent as a lobbyist for the same groups buying his favor now)? Or are you going to stand up and stand together and support the kind of candidate who will go to Lansing with YOUR AGENDA? Time is running out. You need to make your decision by August 8.