Like the race in Missouri, the Michigan primary brought out the most radical of the conservative movement and a lot of undisclosed dollars. An independent group called Prosperity for Michigan spent up to $500,000 on an anti-Hoekstra ad campaign to help Durant. And also like the Missouri race, the Republican winner will campaign on a platform that fails to represent even a iota of mainstream political values.
“Pete Hoekstra is an extreme Republican candidate who has pledged to do everything in his power to roll back the clock on women’s rights and dismantle key programs for women, children, and seniors,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “Now, more than ever, we need strong women leaders like Senator Debbie Stabenow fighting in the Senate to ensure that women and families have access to healthcare, education, and economic security. Michigan voters have a crystal clear choice this November between a proven champion for women and an out-of-touch extremist.”
The examples of Hoekstra’s extremism are not difficult to come by. From 1996-2008, Hoekstra received 100% ratings from National Right to Life. Hoekstra opposes equal pay legislation and called the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act a “nuisance” that “shouldn’t be the law.” Hoekstra “absolutely” supports the already extreme Ryan Budget which would dismantle Medicare as we know it, and thinks it should be even “more aggressive.” He has proudly “tried to kill federal student loans for 18 years” without any regard for the 303,368 students in Michigan and 7 million students nationwide who would be affected if the Stafford Loan was eliminated.
Should these conservative candidates win in November, the 2010-2011 legislative session will seem like small potatoes compared to the radical agenda Hoekstra and his peers will push.
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