Hello fellow patriots,
I'm Todd Griffee and I'm a republican candiadate for State Senate, District
21, which includes Berrien, Cass, and most of Van Buren counties. I'm
a member of the NRA, the American Legion, and the Southwest Michigan
Tea Party Patriots. I have been an Officer in the Army, a state
trooper, a county deputy, and a small business owner. I am currently
running against John Proos, who has been the Representative for Dist.
79 for the past six years and was an aide to Congressman Upton before
that. Proos has been a moderate republican, but has been talking more
conservative since I entered the race. Proos is a smooth talking
articulate career politician, who is a master at pulling the wool over
people's eyes. So far the race has been going extremely well with the
senate debate we had last monday. When your republican and democratic
opponents are agreeing with each other- then you know you are the only
one on the conservative path. Candidate for state rep- Paul Peterson
and myself also hosted a shooting competition/fundraiser last
Saturday. It's one thing to fill out an NRA questionnaire, but it's
quite another to host an event representing the protection of Second
Amendment rights. But, i must bring to light some alarming smoke and
mirror tactics used by Proos:
- In the current political climate, he has portrayed himself as a conservative republican, when his voting record shows he is actually
moderate. This is supported by the fact that his new flyer is focused
on small business, the NRA, and veteran affiliations. These are topics
from my flyer that he he is copying to cloak himself as a conservative.
- Proos states he is a member of the Coloma American Legion. He is in fact a Sons of American Legion because he is not a veteran. His
flyer misrepresents him as a veteran.
- Proos has been endorsed by law enforcement to include the sheriffs and prosecutors of Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties. I
have served as a state trooper and Proos has not....sound odd? the
fact is that it's either the sheriff or the prosecutor in these
counties who acts as Congressman Upton's campaign contact for that
county. I was never interviewed or sent a questionnaire, and left out
of the process. The only law enforcement questionnaire i saw was
related to public act 312 which deals with mandatory arbitration, which
I am uncomfortable with because I believe in "right to work". So, who
is Proos actually serving? The unions or Upton?
- Proos has been endorsed by the Herald Palladium because he has a 35-page plan to micromanage small business in Michigan. Proos also
agreed with the democrat at the debate on this issue. My point is that
we do not need government central planning to run our lives. My view
is that we need to repeal the expensive, litigious, and slow licensing
in Michigan. repeal the business surtax, and repeal the over regulation
that plagues our state. Michigan needs to be competitive. Michigan
also needs to be "right to work". Where i differ from my opponents is
that it is not the government's job to initiate small bussiness. It is
the government's job to get out of the way with its central planning
and let individuals initiate their own plans. Doesn't anyone get the
fact that this central planning stinks of being a progressive?
Obviously the H-P missed the point because i gave them a copy of Proos'
voting record for the past year and a half with items i disagreed with.
To add insult to injury, the H-P felt that Proos' six years as a
representative better suited him for the job, than my being a bartender
and carpenter. Have they missed the boat on what our elected officials
should be -actual representatives of our community? What an elitist
attitude to think that a career politician is so much more valued than
any individual who works in a building trade or the restaurant
industry! Our country was founded on representatives with "real life"
experience, something that Mr. Proos lacks.
- The other issue is the smoking ban, which I disagree with due to negative impact on personal liberties and small businesses. I have been
endorsed by Protect Private Property in Michigan. They are the ones
who did the statewide ban on keno to protest the smoking ban. Proos
stated that it costs families $600.00 to deal with health care
ramifications related to smoking. Where do they get these statistics?
This is a ploy used by progressives to fear people into relinquishing
their personal liberties. The people from Protect Private Property in
Michigan alerted Mr. Proos to the fact that this was causing
restaurants up to a 70% loss in revenue. His response was to "give it a
year and see how it goes". The Protect Private Property people
responded by stating that maybe Mr. Proos should take a 70% cut in pay
for a year, and report to the public on how it goes.
- Proos talks about the over spending of corrections and he is on the commitee. Is it not obvious then that he is part of the problem?
He blames the democrats. To paraphrase Mitt Romney-there is a
difference between a career politician and a leader. A politician
points the finger and blames, and a leader gets the job done. John
Proos is a career politician. With my being an officer in the military,
I have real life experience as a leader.
- Proos has been in office for six years. If you are happy with how Michigan is being run, by all means vote for him again. Proos is part
of the problem, not part of the solution. If you want common sense,
conservative values, and a true representative of the people, then
please vote for me on August 3rd.
- There are tons of other little tricks that the country club candidates like to pull. For example, not being invited to events or
being sent questionnaires. MIvotes never send a questionnaire, and when
I called them about it, they questioned my being a real candidate. The
Farm Bureau endorsed Paul Petersen, but not Jack Hoogendyk or myself,
when our stand on relevant issues is very similar. I keep hearing talk
of the Upton machine and how it chews up its opponents, and have even
been told that I don't stand a chance against the "machine". It's my
belief that the government should be fearful of the people, the people
should not be fearful of the government. I need people to help me
spread the word. i need volunteers to hand out flyers and emails for
me. i would love to chat-please call me or email me. I would be more
than happy to meet face to face, or to speak at your business or
event. This race is not about me -it's about the people taking their
government back and I'm just a volunteer. Time is getting short-please
help me defeat the Upton machine and his apprentices.