A Teleconference with Mike Bouchard

Earlier today, I was on a teleconference with Mike Bouchard, the Rightroots endorsed candidate for the Senate.

Here are the notes (not quotes) from the teleconference:

Bouchard pointed out that Stabenow wants higher taxes, more regulations, and wants to thwart tort reform. She tries to say that the economy in Michigan is Bush’s fault, but look at the rest of the country. Is Bush supposed to have culled Michigan from the herd and ruined our economy while the rest of the country is doing great?

Also, Michigan is a late closing state and we have a phenomenal GOTV campaign. It’s not unusual for us to have 10 point swings at the end of the campaign here in Michigan. Stabenow herself was down 17 at the end of her last campaign. So, even though we’re still a little behind in the polls, we’re still in this race.

On illegal immigration, Stabenow voted to give Social Security to illegal immigrants and she’s lying about it. She’s basically just an empty suit with no influence in Washington. She wants to be invisible and she’s ducking debates. In fact, we sent chickens to her office because she wouldn’t debate us.

We’re going to send her that old, “How a bill becomes law,” School House Rock video. She needs it since she has only passed one law. (Hawkins’ Note: I’m not sure how serious he was about this part, but I thought it was hilarious)

Update #1: The Mike Bouchard campaign send over this excerpt from a subscription only article at National Journal:

“Today a staff member from the Mike Bouchard for U.S. Senate campaign will hand-deliver a legislative bill to Senator Debbie Stabenow’s campaign office in East Lansing while also dressed up as a bill.

The bill costume represents the single piece of legislation that Senator Stabenow has authored and passed after nearly ten years in Congress. The bill that Senator Stabenow passed re-named a federal building.

The staffer will deliver Bouchard’s “Triple A” Protection Act (American Automakers and Autoworkers Protection Act), the first bill that Bouchard will introduce as a U.S. Senator. The bill protects autoworkers and automakers from frivolous environmental lawsuits that raise the cost of business and harm job growth.

Today National Journal, a highly-regarded, nonpartisan publication that covers Congress, reported that Senator Stabenow’s colleagues have doubts about her effectiveness despite the fact that she holds her party’s third-ranking leadership post in the Senate:

“But a few Democrats grumble that Stabenow’s lack of aggressiveness has hurt her effectiveness. ‘Stabenow has not been given, nor has she earned, nor has she fought for, the respect that she needs from [Senate Democratic Leader Harry] Reid and some of the others in the caucus,’ said a veteran Democratic source who asked not to be identified. ‘Her elbows are not sharp enough to do that.’ This source added that Stabenow is not seen as an ‘equal partner-player’ among the leaders.”

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