An Open Letter to the People of District 80 and Michigan --
In the early morning hours on September 11th, 2015, Allegan County had their voice in the House of Representatives stolen from them. The Representation of 90,000 people was overridden by 91 Lansing politicians. They decided that they knew what was best for our District and that the people of Allegan County should not have a say in their Representation.
It sounds extreme, because it is extreme. Lansing took the most extreme action possible in overriding the voters of Allegan County, even though the House Legal Counsel, under oath in the committee, said multiple times that the evidence against Gamrat did NOT rise to expulsion. Lansing politicians knowingly took away Allegan's Representation anyway, even though the evidence did not warrant it.
So who was on the committee? Four Republicans and two Democrats, including the two Republican Representatives who are the main sponsors of the bills to increase our gas tax and another Republican Representative who tried to pass a bill that would let the government ping your cell phone without a warrant and without your knowledge. And lastly, the fourth Republican Representative who directed the entire Republican caucus to violate the State Constitution on the very first day of being sworn in. Obviously, I could not go along with these egregious overreaches of government and spoke out against each one of them.
Now they have used misleading and personal attacks because I HAVE STOOD WITH THE PEOPLE against tremendous pressure as a strong voice against the huge tax and spend policies.
Lansing is doing everything they can to silence Allegan's voice because they know my strong record as State Representative. I have voted for and sponsored bills that support life, our Second Amendment, and limited government. I have not missed a vote or a committee, and have combed through the budgets to find over 20 ways to fund road improvements without raising taxes! I have worked hard while serving as State Representative and followed through on my promises to put the people first!
I believe the people of Allegan County deserve a voice in this matter and I will fight for them to have it.
Unfortunately things are about to get dirty....
A special interest group called GLEP has endorsed my opponent Mary Whiteford in the race. This lobbyist group is known for dumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into elections with some of the dirtiest mailers ever seen in the state. If you thought the negative media and personal attacks have been bad so far, that will all look like roses compared to what we can expect from the smear campaigns that will be coming from the Lansing lobbyist groups. They will use dirty politics in the race to ensure that their endorsed candidate, who will do their bidding once in the legislature, looks clean and gets elected. It is how Lansing buys elections and hand picks candidates who will go along to get along.
But I don't believe the people of Allegan will fall for their political smear job. See, in Allegan we are concerned about the issues, not personal attacks. We are concerned about our roads, our schools, our health care, and our jobs. We are concerned about the price of gas and the cost of groceries to feed our families.
And the voters of Allegan will see, that if they look through the smoke and mirrors and trumped up attacks, there is one thing that stands clear - my steadfast voting and legislative record, unequivocally standing for the people of Allegan and Michigan!
Allegan County, if you want a candidate who will go along to get along with the big government politicians who want to take more of your hard earned money, than please choose another candidate.
But if you want a Representative who has a PROVEN RECORD of fighting FOR YOU and the people of Allegan County, than I am the only candidate with that record, and I ask for your vote on November 3rd.
I will stand against the special interests and the tax and spend politicians, but I need your help to win this election. My opponent has the backing and the dollars of the big money Lansing lobbyists. Please donate the maximum contribution you are able to TODAY by clicking here or sending a check to CTE Cindy Gamrat, P.O. Box 452, Plainwell, MI 49080. There is only a month to go and donations are needed to print and mail campaign materials to the voters of District 80. Every donation, regardless of size, is a big help and is greatly appreciated!
I have stood with Allegan County through it all, and I will stand with Allegan County again.
With Firm Reliance on Divine Providence,
p.s. On January 15th, the day after being sworn in, Speaker Cotter asked all of the Republican Representatives to sign a pledge to commit to voting with causes on all procedural votes and standing with caucus on difficult votes and issues. It was disturbing and offensive to me to be asked to sign an agreement by someone in the highest authority to pledge my vote to the caucus, instead of my district. You can see my copy of the pledge by clicking here. Your voice and your vote should not be relinquished at the door and pledged away to someone else. I refused to sign the pledge which led to the Speaker requesting a private meeting with me. I stood firm and would only sign on the condition that I could make changes to put my district first in all of my decisions.
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