This year the Democrats in NORTHERN Michigan will have a choice as to who they want to represent them in the November election for Congressman of the 1st Congressional District. The August 7th primary election will determine whether it will be Gary McDowell or Derek J. Bailey. The "establishment Democrat " is Gary McDowell. That is to say he has been chosen by down-state politicos and special interests to be the candidate of choice. The endorsements are rolling in for him as I type these words however I find it interesting that the "establishment Democrats" have neglected to consult the Democrats of NORTHERN Michigan as to whom WE wish to represent us in the November election. It's off-putting to say the least that someone in Lansing can "anoint" someone to be our candidate without the courtesy of consulting us and then expecting that we will embrace their candidate and vote for him ! It is also disturbing that this decision was made without even considering the other candidate. Are we the beneficiaries of politics in which we have no input ? Would we benefit from representation by their candidate who apparently is indebted to them and not the Democrats of NORTHERN Michigan ? These are questions we must ask ourselves before we cast our vote on August 7th.
As we draw closer to August 7th this blog will be about these important questions, and others which are yet to be raised, about how the NORTHERN Democratic Party voters have been removed from the equation, taken for granted. We will have a choice on August 7th and that is guaranteed us - thankfully. This is a very important primary election for many reasons but most especially because NORTHERN Democrats have a chance to make a statement that we will be the masters of our own destiny.
Republican Congressman Benishek is extremely vulnerable in this election year and if a NORTHERN Michigan candidate, chosen by NORTHERN Michigan Democrats defeat him it puts those who would force their candidate on us into the uncomfortable position of having to take us seriously in the future - even listening to our views and respecting our politics. Derek J. Bailey is the man of our time, of NORTHERN Michigan, respected above and below the Mackinac Bridge, young, energetic, intelligent, experienced and ready to represent the largest Congressional District east of the Mississippi.