Rick Snyder, Virg Bernero and abortion

As Rick Snyder’s lead in Michigan’s gubernatorial race grows, and with the election just 40-some days away, his Democratic challenger, Virg Bernero, is beginning to hammer away at the one point where he seems to have an advantage – abortion.

According to the Detroit Free Press, “Bernero narrowly (42%-39%) leads Snyder among voters who support a woman’s right to choose whether to have an abortion.” And, Bernero is doing his best to capitalize on that fact, and widen the gap, with a series of television and radio spots that highlight the contrast between the two on the subject of abortion. Here’s his most recent television ad.

I have no way of knowing for sure, but my guess is that Snyder would not, as the ad suggests, seek a “government ban” on abortions. Furthermore, I don’t think that he’d seek to arrest doctors who perform abortions, as the Bernero campaign says. In fact, my guess is that Snyder only came out with a statement about his “right to life” position late in the primary campaign because his Republican competitors had forced him into a corner, having suggested to the fundamentalists of Michigan that he didn’t share their values. But, Snyder does say the following on his website:

…As a strong pro-life and pro-family candidate for governor, I am strongly committed to the rights of the unborn. I fundamentally disagree with the passage of the recent federal health care reform for many reasons, one of which is that it fails to protect the sanctity of life. Contrary to much of what has been reported about President Obama’s executive order, it does not prohibit tax dollars from subsidizing insurance plans that cover abortions. It is shameful that tax dollars earned by the hardworking residents of Michigan could be used to pay for abortions…

Of course, he also suggests that, if the economy were to turn around under his leadership, the number of the abortions in the state would likely fall. And, I suspect, if he does believe, as he states, in the sanctity of life, he’d rather see it dealt with economically than legislatively. Here, on that subject, is a statement by Snyder:

…What is still missing from today’s discussion is the vital role that the economy plays in strengthening the social fabric of our great state. It is no secret that Michigan’s economy is a shell of its former self. People and businesses are leaving the state in droves. A poor economy leads to increased rates of divorce, high school dropout, and drug abuse. Additionally, studies have illustrated that high levels of poverty and unemployment are directly related to the abortion rate. As a candidate for governor, I believe that the most effective approach to the challenge of protecting life, as well as other key social issues, is to maintain a laser-like focus on the economy…

So, while I can certainly see why some would gravitate toward Bernero on account of Snyder’s “pro life” statements, I feel relatively certain that, should Snyder become governor, he would not seek to change the status quo relative to abortion. And, furthermore, as he has stated publicly that he supports stem cell research, I doubt we’d even hear about the so-called rights of the unborn in that context.

So, would you be willing to vote for Rick Snyder in spite of his comments on a woman’s right to choose? And, if so, why? Is it that you think the economy is more important of an issue at this time, or do you, like me, just attribute his statements to the reality of Michigan politics, which is to say that a Republican cannot win a general election without the support of the fundamentalists on the west side of the state?

[note: Among abortion opponents, according to the Free Press, Snyder leads Bernero, 67% to 14%.]

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  1. SE Cross
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    I never bought Snyder as pro life. It pisses me off when politicians are disingenuous. I understand the realities of electoral politics, but it doesn’t make it any easier. I wish that, for once in my life, I could vote for a candidate that didn’t pander and claim to believe in things that he didn’t really believe.

  2. Paul Schreiber
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    I’m supporting Virg Bernero. The office of the governor needs someone with political experience and tenacity to break the legislative logjam that is threatening to shut down state government. Virg Bernero is that person — and he supports the social issues that Democrats care about. He is a real Democrat.

    Paul Schreiber

  3. Robert
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    The latest polls show Virg Bernero is beginning to close the gap on Snyder’s lead. Bernero’s up 8 points from his position in the last poll. His favorable rating jumped up 20! The more people learn of each candidate’s positions on issues, the more Bernero is likely to close the gap. You can see why Snyder would rather not debate.

    If Bernero’s ads manage to erode even just 5% off Snyders support he will be vaulnerable. Bernero could pull off another big come from behind win like he did in the primary.

  4. Edward
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    I hate politics.

  5. Oliva
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    I feel very wary about Snyder, have a worry that he’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing, I do! I had a feeling he was trying to outwit Bernero on the debates business by pissing him off and thereby trying to depict Bernero as a hothead. Bernero has heat, has passion, is very bright and committed to Democratic principles and working people and the state’s health and future. Snyder might not be nearly as bad for the state as Engler was, but I worry . . .

  6. applejack
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    I agree that Snyder would probably not change the status quo on abortions if elected (mostly because there’s not much that a governor can change about that anyway), but do we really want a governor who ‘fundamentally disagrees with’ Obama’s healthcare overhaul? Would a Snyder-run Michigan try and fight the new legislation and drag it through the courts?
    Fuck that.

  7. applejack
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    I’d like to mention also that there will be serious consequences for the future of Michigan’s congressional delegation based on who wins the governor’s seat in November. A vote to put the Republican in office today may effectively get us Republican Congressmen for the next decade because of how the redistricting will be done.

  8. A2 climber
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Virg likes abortions so much, he’ll give you one himself!

  9. Alice
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Right to Life Michigan did not endorse Snyder. They chose not to because of his support of stem cell research, and the fact that he felt women who had been raped should be allowed to terminate their pregnancies.

  10. Kevin Paul
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Bernero must be catching up to Rick. He has apparently agreed to debate.


  11. Ted
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Speaking of abortion, you have to see this.


    I thought that it was a joke at first.

  12. C Hammer
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    I long for the day that we stop choosing our elected officials on their positions against abortion, and start choosing them based on how good the abortions are that they perform.

    And I will be getting “This Baby Dead” tattooed on my shoulder. Thank you for the link, Ted.

  13. Oliva
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, applejack, for the really important comment re. redistricting.

  14. Bob
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    I can’t believe that Bernero isn’t gaining more traction based on his effective ads alone. The simple, soundbite facts on Synders record of shipping jobs overseas is very easy to understand. I haven’t heard anyone challenge the figures either.

  15. Posted September 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Finally an election where I feel like either guy could potentially do a good job. I’m not saying they will do good job but they both seem somewhat qualified instead of the usual choices of “Dear GOD NO” and “OMG he will have to do because the other one is worse.”

  16. Jules
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Sigh. Why all this parsing of Snyder’s words? He says he’s against abortion and I’ll take him at his word. Maybe the fact that you feel pretty squishy about abortion is helping you softpeddle what he’s plainly saying. I would have to say, as the owner of a uterus and the mom of a daughter, what he’s saying does matter to me. While I have some reservations about Virg, I’d like to see what happens with an real Democrat as governor, not a faux Dem like Granholm or Blanchard.

  17. Edward
    Posted September 23, 2010 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    I don’t think anyone was making the case that you shouldn’t take Snyder at his word, Jules, and vote accordingly. Personally, I think he’s lying in order to win. I don’t think he cares one bit about abortion. But he chose to run as a Republican, and it’s part of the package. Still, I don’t like it. I’d much rather vote for someone with the integrity to say what he really believes.

  18. Kim
    Posted September 23, 2010 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    One state should be for abortions.
    One state should be for prostitution.
    One state should be for gambling.
    One state should be for legal drug use.
    One state should be for beer.
    One state should be for deep friend foods.

    Just think of the tourism dollars generated as people jetted around from state to state.

  19. Jules
    Posted September 23, 2010 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Edward, I was referring to Mark. He’s the one doing the parsing.

  20. Robert
    Posted September 23, 2010 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Yeah, Kim, instead of just going back and forth between Nevada and Wisconsin.

  21. Posted September 23, 2010 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Personally, I’ll be glad when we stop framing the discussion in terms of pro-life and pro-choice as neither is really accurate. I know it would pain the rabble to put together words with more than one syllable, but I really prefer “against legalized abortion” and “in favor of legalized abortion”. Or, as I say, “those who would force me to give birth” vs. “those who would not force me to give birth” :)

  22. Edward
    Posted September 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    How about calling the two sides – “the one in which men decide what women do with their bodies” and “the one in which women decide what they do with their bodies”?

  23. Meta
    Posted September 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    A new Ann Arbor magazine has an article on Snyder being a RINO:

    On the issues, Snyder was similarly out of sync. Snyder’s top two Republican rivals, state Attorney General Mike Cox and U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, both signed a pledge not to raise taxes; Snyder refused, calling it “kind of a gimmick.” On the eve of the primary, Washington-based Americans for Tax Reform issued a press release warning conservative voters that Snyder might raise taxes.

    In July, the Michigan Tea Party Alliance rented the Eaton County Fairgrounds outside Lansing for a “LiberTEA Fair.” “All of the Republican gubernatorial candidates except for one came and gave speeches,” organizer Gene Clem told me. That one was Snyder.

    If the Tea Party represents the new, insurgent conservative movement, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce is the old conservative establishment, anointing candidates with the imprimatur of the business community. Snyder didn’t return its questionnaire, disqualifying himself from consideration for its primary endorsement.

    “All of the Republican candidates except Mr. Snyder chose to participate in our process,” says Rich Studley, the chamber’s president and CEO. “We were not able to evaluate him because of that decision.” The chamber endorsed Cox, who came in third. (Post-primary the chamber held no grudge and has endorsed Snyder.)

    Right to Life Michigan, another organization accustomed to playing kingmaker, also endorsed Cox. “There were four very good, pro-life candidates in the Republican primary,” says Larry Gilmish, director of the group’s political action committee. “Unfortunately, those candidates split the pro-life vote and allowed Mr. Snyder to get in. That was the reason we endorsed Mr. Cox, to try to concentrate the pro-life vote” behind one candidate.

    Snyder says he’s pro-life, but he’s willing to make exceptions in cases of rape or incest, and he firmly backs embryonic stem-cell research. Informed that that would rule out a Right to Life endorsement, a Snyder spokesman told the Detroit News that Snyder didn’t want it.

    One endorsement Snyder did pick up was from the League of Conservation Voters, an environmental group many conservatives regard as a bunch of tree-huggers. It was the first time the league had ever endorsed a Republican candidate for governor. (It also endorsed Bernero in the Democratic primary and now supports both candidates.)

    It all added up to a candidate many conservatives derided as a RINO, “Republican In Name Only” — and that was before he set up a whole campaign touting his appeal to non-Republicans. In the end, nearly two-thirds of Republican primary voters cast votes for someone other than Snyder. But in a five-way field, 36 percent was more than enough for Snyder to win.

    “They laid low, they positioned him properly, and then, in the last few days, they sprung up and said, ‘Hey, Democrats, independents, I’m your guy!’ And they did it so late nobody could respond to it and give him the punch in the nose he had coming,” said Mark Grebner, a Democratic political consultant and Ingham County commissioner. “They could have smashed him by saying that he’s not a conservative, that he doesn’t really have Republican credentials. He won’t even say he’s against all taxes! We don’t know for sure, but it’s possible he’s actually sane! It’s possible Rick Snyder is actually dangerously in favor of raising taxes, which everybody knows we have to do!


  24. Oliva
    Posted September 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Rich Studley, the chamber’s [Michigan Chamber of Commerce’s] president and CEO

    Rich Studley!

  25. Socorro
    Posted September 23, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    I have always been someone who voted for the prochoice candidate. I don’t buy that Synder is a “pro-life” as he as making himself out to be either, but is doign what he has to do. So be it. I also think it’s Bernero’s clawing for something, anything, to try and get a leg up. Sorry, this time, it’s not working for me.
    The only social issue I give a damn about is seeing this state recover.

  26. EOS
    Posted September 23, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Synder is effectively campaigning slightly to the right of Bernero, capturing the majority of voters and ensuring a win. But he’s an unknown quantity when he takes office, thanks to the crossover voters in the primary.

    It’s ironic that Bernero has no choice but to run as pro-choice. Too bad for him that the majority of voters are pro-life.

  27. dragon
    Posted September 23, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    God damn, I’d gladly put ten babies in a blender to get you to shut the fuck up.

  28. Susan Farquhar
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    When all the dust settles; it’s still a woman’s choice!!

  29. EOS
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Why is it a woman’s choice to kill another human? Why is it a choice the day before the baby passes through the birth canal and a crime the day after?

  30. notoneofthecoolkids
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 8:52 am | Permalink


  31. Peter Larson
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Is there anyway a doctor could perform a retroactive abortion?

  32. Ted
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    EOS, why is it murder when I shoot a bullet through someone’s body, but not when I run up and press a bullet against their skin with my hand?

  33. kjc
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    “Why is it a choice the day before the baby passes through the birth canal and a crime the day after?”

    cuz ye olde “birth canal” is part of someone’s body, which doesn’t belong to the state just cuz you get knocked up. anyway, think about it: an unwanted child will probably end up poor and want you to pay for him/her to take the bus. it’ll just be another stupid human encroaching on your rights. look at the bright side for god’s sake! if a kid’s not born, it can’t grow up and want to have an abortion.

  34. Ted
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    That’s right, KJC. ABORTIONS STOP ABORTIONS! I’m going to have a bumper sticker made.

  35. EOS
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    So the baby belongs to the state after it passes through the birth canal and that’s why murder is illegal? Just asking.

  36. kjc
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    i think you can answer that one yourself EOS. it doesn’t logically follow from what I said. Otherwise keep gnashing your teeth that you can’t control women’s birth canals.

    Send me one of the bumper stickers, Ted.

  37. Peter Larson
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Oh, EOS, stop feigning being shocked and appalled and get back to your desk job.

  38. Oliva
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Why is it a woman’s choice to kill another human?

    What impulse would compel someone to frame this complex, personal issue in these bogus and brutish terms? Just feeling mean?

  39. EOS
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Mean? No. It’s feeling compassion for the defenseless. Abortion stops the beating heart of another individual. That’s mean.

  40. Robert
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Yes, EOS, because the birth canal doesn’t belong to the state it logically follows that everything else does.

  41. kjc
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    i’m telling you, EOS, that kid’s gonna grow up to take the #5 down Packard, probably even support a transportation millage—stick his or her hand right in your pocket. You won’t have much compassion then. Stop sweating it.

  42. Robert
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    EOS, your compassion is like a finely tuned laser. You could do eye surgery with that thing.

  43. EOS
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Did you know that its a federal crime to destroy an egg of a bald eagle? Did you know that current federal laws require anesthesia to be administered to laboratory animals before any pain is inflicted in a laboratory procedure but humans can be dismembered in the womb without the benefit of any anesthesia?

  44. EOS
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    You all tell me. What is the logical reason that allows the state to pass a law prohibiting a woman from killing a 6 month old infant but not to pass any law prohibiting the intentional killing of an infant as it is being born?

  45. Elf
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Because one is a parasite inside her body, that could not live on its own, and the other is a baby.

    Tell me, why is it that I’m allowed to take a sandwich from my own kitchen, but, if I take a sandwich from Subway, it’s stealing? I don’t get it.

  46. EOS
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    The 6 month old baby cannot live on its own either.

  47. Elf
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    By your reasoning then, we should then kill all invalids.

  48. Peter Larson
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    We should just expand the Ypsi public transportation system and add a few police officers. EOS would have a heart attack and go away.

  49. EOS
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    No Elf,
    By my reasoning, we should stop killing human beings at all stages of life, regardless of location.

  50. Peter Larson
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    I heard that Ypsilanti was going to annex the township and slap you with a 95% millage.

  51. Robert
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    No EOS, actually you wouldn’t. You would just make it illegal. You would not be stopping anything. And then your lazy ass could kid itself that you made the world a better place, when you hadn’t. I don’t believe you really give a shit about any of this stuff. I think you just tow the line and like the sense that it gives you that you aren’t just some selfish lowlife.

    For the record, I completely agree with you on all but one detail. I don’t believe you can legislate abortion away. In fact, I know you can’t. We all know you can’t…except you apparently. I think it’s an idiotic idea to think that you could. It also happens to be a violation of an individuals rights as to what goes on within the confines of their own body. If someone were to attempt to pass laws on what YOU could do within the confines of your body, I am certain you would oppose it, saying you had the right to make your own choice freely, and not have government make it for you. But since you are just another stupid guy who can’t think outside his own experience, under these circumstances we get the “pro-life” version of you.

  52. Peter Larson
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    EOS is a woman. With a uterus.

  53. Sylvia
    Posted September 25, 2010 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Peter, EOS is Stan Eldridge from the township. An ex Ypsi Cop who hates the city of Ypsilanti because he got fired and who is now a township trustee. He does not have uterus but he is an ass hole.

  54. notoneofthecoolkids
    Posted September 25, 2010 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    I just have to comment that the State Representatives are a Republican Majority, and many of them are far far Right idiots. So I say to Socorro and any other Democrats that are going for Snyder, you are making a big mistake. We need a Democratic Governor to have a balance, look at an electoral map, most of Michigan is full of red-neck counties. Bernero has been a supporter of Michigan Planned Parenthood his entire career. He is not “suddenly jumping on the Pro-choice bandwagon”. And Socorro, to give up your pro choice vote is to give in to the religious right.
    All they all care about is beating Obama in 2012, and if Michigan goes Republican it will be a big mistake and a huge win for the Republicans. It was the auto companies and Engler that screwed Michigan, Granholm had to a huge mess to deal with. Don’t believe the hype that Snyder will work miracles. Republicans don’t care about the middle class.

  55. Robert
    Posted September 25, 2010 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Is that right, Sylvia? How’d you figure that out? I’m not doubting you. If I can confirm that, I think I might start posting under the screen name “EOS=Stan Eldridge”

  56. Oliva
    Posted September 25, 2010 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    I’m looking forward to watching the debate. And to a complete surprise to pollsters come election day. Don’t despair–vote! (Help embolden some of the more timid Dems so they will enact the changes we want and need. Stand up to bigotry and greed and maddening obstructionism. There is no way that stupidos outweigh decent people in this state and country, despite how it seems and has seemed.)

  57. Robert
    Posted September 25, 2010 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Ah, now I remember. Stan Eldridge was the guy fired from the Ypsi PD for being “too Christ-like.”

  58. Peter Larson
    Posted September 25, 2010 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    I was just guessing, actually.

    It was obvious he is an asshole, though.

  59. EOS
    Posted September 25, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Stan is the guy who is trying to merge policing between the city and township to keep the jobs of his friends on the City force. Sounds just like me!

    If abortion were illegal, there would be fewer abortions, but I agree that they wouldn’t be entirely eliminated. But illegal abortions would not be affirmed by society and our culture would have more respect for life in general and we would all benefit in numerous ways.

    That’s not to say there wouldn’t be any negative effects. If abortion hadn’t been legalized, Democrats would have a lock on every elected office. About half of those aborted since Roe v. Wade would have been of voting age today. What outcome do you think would happen if there were another 20 million more Democratic votes in each national election?

  60. kjc
    Posted September 25, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    @Robert. Nailed it.

  61. Sylvia
    Posted September 25, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    I am not sure Stan had any friends on the YPD, right Stan?

  62. Robert
    Posted September 25, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    How do you know it is him, Sylvia? EOS is claiming he and Stan don’t share positions on consolidation. Is what he says true about Stan’s position?

  63. Peter Larson
    Posted September 25, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    “That’s not to say there wouldn’t be any negative effects. If abortion hadn’t been legalized, Democrats would have a lock on every elected office. About half of those aborted since Roe v. Wade would have been of voting age today. What outcome do you think would happen if there were another 20 million more Democratic votes in each national election?”

    You are a total fucking asshole. Yes, there would be negative effects, many besides some stupid political nonsense.

    That’s really all you care about isn’t it?

  64. EOS
    Posted September 26, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know Stan and I certainly don’t know his motives. I was wrong when I speculated on his motives for combining police forces. All I really know is that he is on the committee for the township that is looking into the possibility.

  65. Oliva
    Posted September 27, 2010 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    While driving to Chicago many years ago, I could only get one radio station for a bit and heard a little Dr. Laura. Big mistake. What a thoroughly evil-hearted person. But her over-the-top, self-righteous, wicked condemnation of women who had had abortions made me think surely this woman is doing some sorry kind of atoning for her own past actions. I would put money on the fact that she has had an abortion–and she’s no Dem. Of course this could be wrong, but I doubt it, and I think there are plenty of others like her. I just don’t think you can get so nasty about others if you’re not actually thinking about some tortured part of yourself.

  66. Edward
    Posted September 27, 2010 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    It you hate her now, you should check out her nude photos. They’re floating around online, and easy enough to find. She’d taken them for an old lover, who, by the way, was married at the time. She is evil. But she’s a good business woman. She found a niche, like Glenn Beck, and worked it for all that it was worth.

  67. applejack
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Permalink


    Here’s a link to the only debate Rick Snyder would agree to between himself and Virg Bernero. I think both men come off as reasonable individuals who have the best interest of Michigan at heart. Virg came out swinging and I think he landed quite a few hits, while Snyder reminded me most of Mr. Rogers, a lovable nice-guy but not necessarily someone I’d want to run the state.
    If you didn’t catch if live last night hopefully you’ll all check it out before election day.

  68. Edward
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Please start a thread on the debate.

  69. shanice thompson
    Posted October 13, 2010 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    cant wait until the elections

  70. shanice thompson
    Posted October 13, 2010 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    i feel that abortion should not be allowed for the fact that its a costly procedure for something that could of been avoided

  71. Dudley
    Posted October 26, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    Who gives a shit! Virg is a life long loser politician in this for his own pocket book and pension. Same as the mayor of ypsi…all you r the same. Btw, WTF does abortions have to do with state government? NOTHING! Give us police, fire, library access to the internet and stay the he’ll out of my personal life and my pocketbook. Same goes for teachers… They are in that job for themselves.. Not the kids… Dispicable.

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