State GOP descends upon Greenville as election nears


By Cory Smith • Last Updated 12:25 pm on Monday, November 05, 2012

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, right, shakes hands with Republican candidate for United States Seante Pete Hoekstra Saturday morning at the Montcalm Republican Headquarters in Greenville during a rally for the 2012 general election. — Daily News/Cory Smith

GREENVILLE — With the general election now less than 24 hours away, both the Republican and Democratic parties in Michigan are pulling out all the stops to reach out to every voter in Michigan with a goal to acquire every last vote they can for an election that is critical for both the nation and the state.

On Saturday, the Michigan Republican Party made sure to include Greenville and Montcalm County in their efforts by rolling into town and making a stop at the Montcalm Republican Headquarters at 214 S. Franklin St. as part of their four-day, 24-stop bus tour.

Speaking in front of a packed building with people chanting for a Romney presidency, dressed in red T-shirts bearing his name, many key Republican candidates and supporters spoke on the importance of voting Republican on some of this year’s key races.

Michigan Republican Chairman Bobby Schostak started things off by reminding everyone the importance that communities like Greenville will play in this year’s election.

“In three day’s we’re making history in Michigan by electing Mitt Romney as the 45th president of the United States,” he said. “Barack Obama said a month ago, there’s no pathway to the White House if he doesn’t win Michigan, so we’re going to make sure there’s no pathway for Barack Obama.”

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette speaks Saturday morning at the Montcalm Republican Headquarters in Greenville during a rally for the 2012 general election. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Encouraging everyone to make at least five more phone calls and knock on 10 more doors to people’s homes to push voters in favor of a Romney presidency, Schostak thanked the people of Montcalm County for their efforts.

“This is an important community in our state,” he said. “We are connecting with large cities and small communities all across the state to show that every vote counts.”

Among several Republican candidates in this year’s election and supporters who arrived in Greenville with the bus tour were State Senator candidate Pete Hoekstra, University of Michigan Board of Regents candidates Dan Horning and Rob Steele, Michigan State Board of Trustee candidates Melony Foster and Jeff Sagwa, Wayne State Board of Directors candidates Michael Busuito and Satish Jasti, Michigan Board of Education candidates Todd Courser and Melanie Kurdys, Michigan Secretary of State Terry Lynn Land and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, who was invited to speak at the rally, said he believes a Romney presidency for the nation will be equivalent to what the governing of Rick Snyder has been in Michigan.

“What I’m here to tell you is on Nov. 6, the Romney/Ryan ticket is going to do for the nation what the Snyder/Calley ticket did for the state,” he said. “We are going to have business leaders in office that know the value of balancing a budget. They know how to spend wisely.”

Schuette was the final speaker during the 20-minute rally and closed by asking everyone in attendance to remain “on duty” and continue to work in great effort for the Republican party.

“We’re carrying this message that the intensity of the turnout and the intensity of your turnout will make all the difference on Tuesday when those polls close,” Schuette said. “Romney is a private sector guy who understands that the problems of America need to be solved and can be solved by the private sector, not government.”

Schuette said areas throughout West Michigan are very much in play in this year’s election and Montcalm County is one of those area’s that he believes can make a big difference in this year’s election.

“Being here today in Montcalm, it’s about intensity, intensity, intensity,” he said. “We’re in hand-to-hand combat in Oakland County and we need to get an increase in our margin, so we need to build a margin in West Michigan to make sure we win. We want to bump up our numbers in West Michigan, and Montcalm County and Greenville are a big part of that.”

On a more personal note, Schuette added that Rep. Dave Camp, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and is a good friend of Schuette, is in good condition and working hard every day to battle back from cancer.

“He is going through a challenge but he is feeling great and he is going to come back stronger than ever.” he said. “I admire him. He is a man of faith and works so hard, and even with having treatments for lymphoma, he is on the job for Montcalm County.”

The Michigan Republican Party bus tour stopped Saturday morning in at the Montcalm Republican Headquarters in Greenville for a rally in favor of Republican candidates for the 2012 general election. — Daily News/Cory Smith

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