In response to yesterday’s post about Mike Eller’s disturbing far right wing beliefs, someone raised an interesting question. Why is it, this person asked, that “Mike Eller: Democrat for City Council” yard signs are almost always accompanied by signs for Steve Pierce and Jim Fink? My sense is that it’s because all of them are conservatives running as Democrats, and their messages resonate with the same people, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on what the possible connection might be.
As for Fink, who is running for Washtenaw County Circuit Judge, my friend Chris had a few interesting things to say about him today on Eclectablog. Here’s a taste.
The other person to watch out for is Jim Fink who is running for 22nd Circuit Court in Washtenaw County. I first learned about Fink at a meeting of the Western Washtenaw Dems. Although Fink himself wasn’t there, he sent along a relative to sing his praises. He has since showed up at the Ann Arbor Dems’ summer picnic, participated in the Washtenaw County Democrats’ candidates forum, and even tried to get the Washtenaw County Dems to put his information on their website.
That absurd idea was quickly shot down.
Why? Because Jim Fink is no Democrat and the WCDP will not use its resources to support a Republican.
At the candidates’ forum, an anonymous person placed a one-page fact sheet about Jim Fink on the seats of attendees. The sheet describes Fink’s thousands of dollars of donations to Republicans, his anti-Choice position and his anti-gay stances, all of which go against the grain of true Democrats…
Jim Fink is clearly talented and has impressive endorsements, but he is no Democrat no matter how much he tries to fool people about this. Fortunately, Democrats in Washtenaw have three other very worthy choices: Erane Washington, Carol Kuhnke, and Doug McClure. I know all three of these people and they are all solid alternatives to not-Democrat Jim Fink.
If you’re interested in that one-page “fact sheet” about Fink, you can find a scan of it here.
As for Pierce, I don’t know for certain what his politics are, as he has a long history of refusing to answer direct questions, but my interactions over the years would lead me to believe that he’s more closely aligned with the likes of Eller and Fink than he is with, say, our President. In fact, according to a letter I received earlier today from local real estate developer Karen Maurer, it looks as though Eller and Pierce are co-hosting a “party” this evening for their supporters… Speaking of their supporters, one of them left a comment on the site, right before the party.
And you read that right… This self-proclaimed “Republican” is going to be out knocking on doors for Eller this weekend. If you had an inkling that Eller’s conversion away from the radical right, and into the Democratic party, might be disingenuous, I think I’d take that as a confirmation. I may not be the most observant person in the world, but I know that when Republicans enthusiastically go knocking on doors in a Democratic primary, something fishy is probably going on.
And, yes, he spelled “butt” wrong.
Oh, and before folks start leaving comments about Steve’s pricey toileting protocol, and his fleet of Segways, I’d like to ask that, for the time being, we focus on more substantive issues. I know all of this stuff is funny, but I think it can be a bit of a distraction, and, generally speaking, I don’t think we should choose our leaders based upon how “out of touch” they are, as evidenced by the imported devices they use to clean their bottoms. (It seems to me to be almost the same as saying that we shouldn’t vote for Obama because he doesn’t know how to bowl.) I do think, however, that Pierce’s history of demagoguing on issues like the white slaves of Ypsilanti is completely relevant, as is the way that he uses Wireless Ypsi to serve his political objectives. Most importantly, though, at least for the purposes of this discussion, I find it telling that he seems to have tied his fortunes to a man like Mike Eller, whom he knows to have said, for instance, that AIDS patients should be allowed to die, and that the women’s rights movement “destroyed the American family.” Partnering with Eller may have been the politically expedient thing to do, given the anti-tax sentiment in the City at the moment, but it demonstrates to me that this man has no ethical foundation whatsoever.