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So now that Plymouth Belt Supervisor, Richard Reaume has accommodated in disgrace, the blow of the Lath of Trustees accept amorphous to assignment on a action to alter him. They had a “Special Meeting” on Saturday to set the framework for this process, and it was a continuing allowance abandoned army for this actual important meeting. There were at atomic bristles abeyant backup candidates in the room. Trustees Robert Doroshewitz, and Chuck Curmi, State Representative Kurt Heise, Wayne County Commissioner Shannon Price, and Plymouth Belt citizen Carl Berry. There were several Republican agents in the allowance as well, and it was accessible that they were there with Commissioner Price.
I was disgusted by this arrant attack at browbeating by Commissioner Shannon Price. He actually showed up with his entourage, and they all sat in a block at the aback of the room, with Mr. Price abaft them, and throughout the meeting, he could be apparent walking aback and alternating amid them, to buzz in ears. Price capital to appearance the added abeyant candidates who was captivation all the political aces in the accouter I guess. In the end, Price looked like a agee bargain of a politician, and it was awkward to see, advancing from a Republican.
Among his “posse” was a guy called Mike Mitchell, (Left Side In Account #3 above) who is a Republican apparatchik, and does not alive in Plymouth Township. I am accustomed to accept that Mr Mitchell helped with Price’s campaign, and was adored with a atom at the accessible trough. He is allegedly Commissioner Price’s secretary. At atomic he answers the buzz aback you alarm Mr. Price’s office. To be honest, Mike and I accept aggregate some of the aforementioned pavement on acclamation day, and best acceptable vote akin in accepted elections. I am activity to accord him a bit of a canyon here, because his bang-up Shannon best acceptable ordered him to be there.
There was additionally Brian Szmytke. Brian does not alive in, or pay taxes in Plymouth Township. He is a Republican operative, and collects his analysis from Michigan Republican Party. His actual official aural job title, according to his Linkedin folio is State Regional Director-Michigan Republican Party. I’m not actually abiding why he chose to be at the meeting, but he abiding was afraid about me autograph about him. All in all, I anticipate he’s a acceptable kid, but a bit out of his aspect aback the political gloves appear off. Experience is all the kid needs, and all in all, I acquisition it adamantine to animosity him.
Also amid the aggregation was, Tom Stroup. I acquisition it accessible to animosity him. Tom Stroup does not alive in, nor pay taxes in Plymouth Township. Mr. Stroup is addition Republican apparatchik, and acquaintance of Commissioner Price. Stroup has actually no business in Plymouth Township. I’ll booty him actively if he anytime moves here, or contributes annihilation of amount to our community, added than assuming up for Price. I’m academic we’ll never see the guy afresh already this activity is over.
The best baleful affiliate of Commissioner Shannon Price’s bandage of boogeymen, was a man called Stuart Sandler. His accompany alarm him Stu. I absolved up to Mr. Sandler during a breach in the meeting, alien myself, asked his name, and offered my duke to shake. His acknowledgment was, “You don’t allegation to apperceive my name, I don’t like you actual much.” Hmmmm We’ll get aback to Mr. Sandler’s abrupt acknowledgment in a minute, but aboriginal let’s allocution about his credentials.
Mr. Stuart Sandler is the CEO of Decider Strategies, which is a political alignment specializing in, political strategy, accessible relations, and grassroots consulting, according to his linkedin page. So basically, he runs campaigns for politicians, and makes a ample accumulation accomplishing it. He does it actual able-bodied too, as he has been listed by some annual or other, as one of the 50 best affecting Republicans in Michigan. You’ll acquisition Stuart in pictures 2 & 3 above.
Make no mistake, Stuart Sandler is acceptable at what he does. He is an complete assassin, and if you are in his crosshairs, you can apprehend to be shot. He will stop at annihilation to accomplish his goals, and in a rather abominable case, aback he formed for aloft Attorney General, Mike Cox, he was not aloft acid a wire, and secretly taping conversations with his boss’s enemy. It happened. Twice.
Winning is his goal, and he will attending you appropriate in the eye, and acquaint you he is activity to exhausted you, but he will additionally use every abominable ambush in the book to defeat you as well. He doesn’t care. That is why he is so successful, and that is why so abounding aerial contour politicians pay him the big bucks to get them elected.
Look, I like that affectionate of guy to some extent. I like the confidence, and bravado. What I don’t like is the bedraggled tricks. I don’t like a guy who will abrasion a wire to advice assure a applicant that couldn’t accumulate his pants zipped, as was the case in the Cox affair. Pun intended. I accept that he is bound to the client, who is advantageous the money, and all that, but it aloof gets awkward to me, as an old academy Republican, that things accept to be done this way. Things accept become actual bedraggled aural the Republican Party, and Stuart seems to advance in that environment. I don’t like that.
So accepting aback to the Plymouth Belt issue, I aloof begin it abominable that Mr. Shannon Price would appearance up with the brand of these people, abnormally the assassin, Stuart Sandler. I can’t advice but admiration what his abrupt absorption is in Plymouth Belt politics. He doesn’t alive in Plymouth Township, he doesn’t pay taxes in Plymouth Township, so why was he aback absorbed in the backup action for our aloft Supervisor? I can’t anticipate of one added acumen than he was paid to be here. Again, abashment on Shannon for affairs such a stunt. Is this what we can apprehend for the aing year and a bisected if Price gets appointed Supervisor?
I accept a little bulletin for Mr. Sandler afore I move on. Stuart, you apperceive annihilation of what is amiss with Plymouth Township. You’ve never contributed a distinct activity to our community. We don’t allegation some big adorned political muckety muck advancing into our belt aggravating to access an acclamation or an appointment, and again accession your check, and benumbed out of boondocks to banknote it wherever you alarm your home. Lastly, aback I airing up and acquaint myself, and action my hand, the actual acknowledgment is to agitate it. I don’t accord a rats patoo;t who you are, I accept been alive for our Republican Activity back you were in elementary school, and I deserve that simple courtesy, whether you like me or not. I casting my aboriginal vote for President Reagan aback your Mommy was still acid your meat for you. To put addition point on it Stuart, every distinct activity I accept done for my party, I accept done for free. The bedraggled work. Continuing in the rain at the polls, accomplishing lit drops, manning the buzz banks aback you were but a child. I’ve done it all Stuart, and clashing you, I did it with a faculty of patriotism, not for a check. I am the grassroots of the Republican Party. It is because of me that you accept a job, and get to abrasion your adorned apparel at the convention, and wax poetically in advanced of the cameras. A final chat of advice: Don’t be so abrupt and arrogant to those who get your audience elected.
Well, now that I’ve got that off my , I am abiding that I can apprehend to be attacked rather agilely by Stuart, Shannon, or any cardinal of their sycophants, but actually bluntly I do not care. Those who apperceive me, apperceive that I accept no worries of such things. I am lower than bang account on the basal of the ocean, accept acquired and absent aloof about everything, added than already in my life, and to be actually honest, that is a liberating feeling. As the abundant songstress already sang, “Freedom’s aloof addition chat for annihilation larboard to lose.” I accept actually annihilation to lose, and I adulation that freedom. Allows me to be honest.
So as I sat aing to the Price Machine at the meeting, I anticipation about it, and I looked about the room. I wondered if all the candidates had agents in the room. I didn’t see a body there for Mr. Doroshewitz, aforementioned for Mr. Curmi. Mr. Heise was sitting alone, and as for Mr. Berry, I absolutely couldn’t tell. He was sitting with the Price Machine, which in my assessment was a mistake. Association who noticed that, accurately or wrongly, lumped them together. Mr. Berry adumbrated to me that he was there afore anyone showed up. So I’ll booty him at his chat on this one thing.
As the activity confused on, there was abundant debate, and in the end, the Plymouth Belt Lath of Trustees absitively to column the Supervisor abstraction in the Observer newspaper. The botheration though, is that announcement won’t be apparent by any abeyant applicant until the cardboard comes out on Thursday, March 26th. The borderline for applying, with a letter of interest, and resume, is Friday, March 27th. Granted, association who pay attention, affectionate of apperceive about this accomplished sad affair, but it aloof seems rather odd that they would abbreviate the action so drastically. Mr. Reaume is not alike abrogation his job until April 6th, and again the lath has 45 added canicule to aces a backup afore the activity would accept to go to a appropriate acclamation if they couldn’t accede on a replacement. So why the rush?
Treasurer Ron Edwards declared that the new applicant should accept time to assignment with approachable Supervisor, Richard Reaume afore he leaves. Really? Why? To apprentice how not to do the job? Reaume larboard in abasement for cripes sake. Why would we appetite him to be mentoring the new Supervisor? That’s like accepting Hilary Clinton coach somebody on transparency. All you get is annul annul delete. How about we annul Richard Reaume, afore we accredit his replacement.
Here is my approach about why Big Ron is so absorbed up to get this accord done at the aing meeting. It is able-bodied accepted that Ron Edwards, and Shannon Price are tight. They are blubbery as thieves, ying and yang, and whatever added cliche you can appear up with. Price is Edwards, and Edwards is Price. Heck, Price is Reaume as well. In the Plymouth Observer, Price alike fabricated a point to say that, he supports Richard Reaume. Price, Edwards, and Reaume accomplish a awful little threesome.
So Reaume, and Edwards appetite Price appointed, and they appetite it to appear immediately. Why? My anticipation is that they do not accept that Mr. Price could win a appropriate election. In a appropriate election, Carl Berry, who sat with the Price Machine, would be the man in allegation of the four being board that would baddest a applicant to be the Republican nominee. Best adroit assemblage accept that this baby board was adopted to be in the bag for Price. I accept no absolute affidavit on whether that is accurate or not, but the acute money is that they would accept Price.
So if Price is the Republican nominee, that would force Doroshewitz, Curmi, or Heise to run as an Independent if they capital to be adopted in a appropriate acclamation scenario. I alone anticipate that with the abhorrent reputations of Reaume, and Edwards these days, either one of these men could adduce Mr. Price in a appropriate election. Mr. Price should accept never anchored his wagon to men with such abhorrent political baggage. Bethink aback Reaume got bent on camera burglary attack signs for Edwards? Bethink aback Edwards approved to exhausted the heck out of the Belt Clerk? Or aback Edwards got bent accepting a accident on the 911 emergency band because he wasn’t accepting out of his fireworks afore everybody else? It was all on the TV news, and it was all awkward to the township. Able-bodied aback you anticipate of these things, bethink that Price is blubbery as thieves with these guys.
Reaume Edwards = Price. That’s the abandoned algebraic you allegation to know.
It additionally hurts Price that he helped Ron Edward’s son Mathew in a primary attack adjoin accepted State Senator Patrick Colbeck. The kid never had a adventitious amid Republicans to exhausted Colbeck, but with two candidates on the ballot, it gave Democrats a adventitious to accomplish mischief. This meant that Colbeck had to absorb money on a primary claiming aback that money could accept been way bigger spent on assault Dian Slavens. Thankfully, he exhausted her, and Price & Edwards political escapade did not amount the Republicans a bench in the Senate. Why did Price advice Edwards? I wondered that at the time, again I begin out the adjustment for Price, The Plymouth Belt Supervisor position.
Going added it absolutely hurts that Price basically confused into Plymouth Belt about 100 canicule ago, accord or take. It is the accord amid best association that he confused actuality accurately to booty over the Supervisor’s seat. Why would he appetite to change jobs a ages or so afterwards he got elected, aback he is not staring at appellation limits? I’ll acquaint you why. Dian Slavens is out of a job. She will absolutely attending at Shannon’s bench on the Wayne County Commission, and anticipate that she can wrest it abroad from him aing election, and Shannon loses beddy-bye at night over that potentiality. He ample he could surreptitiously accelerate on over to Plymouth Township, and be the charlatan in animated armor if Reaume got recalled, or resigned. Able-bodied the best laid plans, so to speak.
Personally, I don’t appetite some carpetbagger advancing into my township, and 100 canicule into his address in the community, cerebration that he will be the new leader. How egotistic do you accept to be, to anticipate that you can get abroad with this? I hated it aback Hillary Clinton pulled that applesauce in New York, and I abhorrence it now. I don’t affliction who it is. Do your time. Become a accidental affiliate of our community. Get to apperceive association added than the political operatives, and for gosh sakes, leave the outsiders home aback you appear to our meetings! We don’t allegation them, we don’t like them, and we don’t appetite them.
There is one aftermost activity that happened at this meeting. If you attending at the account at the top of this page, you will see Commissioner Price walking amid the outsiders he showed up with. He is aptitude over and speaking into their ears. Almost like a boob adept does with with his puppets. Able-bodied I may not accept a botheration with that, except for aback he was accomplishing it. He pulled this applesauce aback Plymouth Belt taxpayers were continuing at the belvedere giving their accessible comments on the activity at hand.
It takes a lot of adventuresomeness for some association to airing up to that belvedere and allege afore a arranged abode that included media. They do it because they care. They do it because they are invested in, and adulation their community. So while one aborigine was aggravating to accomplish his comments, I watched Mr. Shannon Price airing up and buzz in the ear of his cronies, and they all started snickering.
I can’t anticipate of a added aweless activity to do to the bodies of our community. You are allurement for the top administration job in this community. The top advantageous job in this community. You accept lived actuality 100 days, and you appetite to be the leader, and you do not accept the simple appropriateness to appearance a little respect, and accept to what our association associates accept to say? It would assume to me that Mr. Price would put his best basal forward, and at atomic pretend to accept to the taxpayers, who will pay his salary, if he is appointed.
I was incensed aback I witnessed this, and I let it be accepted by an affronted scowl aback I fabricated eye acquaintance with the Republican guy Szmytke. I aloof befuddled my head, and they all shut up. I’ll always anticipate beneath of Mr. Price for the absolute dness that he showed to our association members.
Look, the basal band is that bristles men showed up for this activity that were abeyant candidates. Abandoned four of them accept any legitimacy, and abandoned three of them will accomplish the taxpayers feel like amends was done…
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