First '08 Power Play: Anti-Anuzis Coup Underway in MI
The ink is barely dry from last night's dismal election returns and the expected move to oust Saul Anuzis, the very effective chair of the Michigan Republican Party, is already underway. Anuzis confirmed as much in an email today to Michigan GOP loyalists. His expected challenger: Dave Dishaw, a McCain partisan put up by Chuck Yob. From Anuzis's email:
The Hotline is also reporting on this, and say that the move has been approved by McCain's high command. The charge against Anuzis? That he has a relationship with Sterling Communications, which does business with Mitt Romney. But Anuzis's very voluminous public writings, including a daily newsletter posted on RedState, betray no signs of bias. He has called John McCain "the closest thing we have to a rock star." (Ugh.) Even some McCain supporters are scratching their heads at this boneheaded move.
I have decided to run for Chairman again.
To be perfectly honest with you, I was not planning on jumping into this so quickly, but the stories that were brought up in the press last week appear to be more real than not. There is a campaign underway to “find” a new Chairman. Just for your information, they are planning to have Dave Dishaw replace me.
Presidential politics is coming into play, along with personal agendas here that have nothing to do with electing Republicans. And some people are already maneuvering for who should be our next Governor nominee. ...
As we go through the Presidential process, I believe it’s critical to have someone who is neutral and can help hold the party together. I have been clear to everyone that I intend to stay neutral and that it would be beneficial to have a State Chairman who could help keep the party together during the upcoming Presidential campaigns.
I wasn’t prepared to get a campaign together before all the votes are counted, but I think all of you know my background and what I have done as Chairman. So I’m throwing out this quicky email.
There will be some effort to blame Anuzis for the losses in the Senate and Governor's races as a pretense for ousting him. In case you hadn't noticed, Republicans recorded no pickups anywhere at the Congressional level on up, and DeVos and Bouchard weren't particularly appealing candidates. Mike McGavick got crushed by a similar margin in Washington, despite being a better candidate than Bouchard. Though Republicans didn't win, Karl Rove himself went out of his way to praise the Michigan 72 Hour plan in the final days of the campaign.
This naked power play is going to backfire massively. McCain is depending on his image as a "reformer" to carry the day against the Republican tsunami, but "reformers" don't secretly plot to hijack state parties by replacing effective leaders with their own lackeys.
This needs to be exposed for what it is. Though we have no idea what he thinks of my candidate, I strongly support Saul Anuzis.