Friday, September 29, 2006

Miller Continues Partisan Campaign For GOP Candidates

Ignoring federal tax law prohibitions that he and his organization not engage in partisan politics, Advance America's Eric Miller took his get-out-the-vote effort for GOP legislative candidates to Goshen, Indiana. The Elkhart Truth's Aleks Tapinsh reports:

Voting matters when it comes to the Nov. 7 general election, lobbyist Eric Miller told about 200 supporters Thursday night.

"Go vote and take someone else with you," said the founder of the group Advance America. "With freedom goes responsibility."

Miller said work remains on issues such as a constitutional amendment repealing property taxes, defining marriage, giving parents a choice where their children go to school and stopping mental-health testing of children.

The 2004 Republican candidate for governor criticized allowing local governments to establish additional local taxes to raise money to replace property taxes.

"That's been tried before," he said. "It doesn't work."

With two new justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, the court may leave it up to states to decide if abortion should be illegal. State representatives in the next General Assembly may have to decide, he said.

Issues dealing with benefits for homosexuals must be confronted, as well, he said. Lawmakers attending the meeting in Greencroft Senior Center were state Sen. arvin Riegsecker, R-Goshen, Reps. Jackie Walorski, R-Lakeville, John Ulmer, R-Goshen, Bill Ruppel, R-North Manchester, and Republican candidate Kevin Mitschelen, who is running against the Democratic minority leader, Rep. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend.

Advance America counts 45,000 families, 3,700 churches and 1,500 businesses among its supporters.
As is the case with all events held by Advance America, only GOP office-holderss and candidates are present. The issues he touts at these events are issues supported by the candidates in attendance. Once again, homosexuals are a central part of the discussion. As we all know, the institution of marriage is at stake if we don't constitutionalize discrimination against gays and lesbians so says the twice-married and childless Miller.

On another front, Miller reports that "eighty (80) legislators and candidates, including both Republicans and Democrats, have signed on to support Eric's effort to repeal Indiana property taxes." Note that his communication says "Eric's effort" and not "Advance America's effort." I remain convinced that Miller is planning to take on Daniels in the 2008 GOP primary for governor, and the property tax repeal issue will be the central focus of his campaign, along with the gay marriage ban, of course.


Wilson46201 said...

While downtown today I had a nice buffet at that Indian Restaurant on Illinois. Coming out afterwards, I spotted Eric Miller walking down the sidewalk. Although I am not Catholic, my first instinct was to cross myself ...

Retro Satanas!

Wilson46201 said...

off topic :: Bobby was one of Jocelyn's major campaigns:

Losing candidate is charged with theft and forgery

A Democrat who was one of several candidates who challenged U.S. Rep. Julia Carson in the May primary was charged Thursday with theft and forgery.
Bob Hidalgo, 42, was charged in Marion Superior Court with the two felonies. According to a probable cause affidavit, Hidalgo cashed a counterfeit check for $799.56 at a liquor store on the Far Southside in August.
Investigators determined the company named as the account holder on the check does not exist, the document says.
Hidalgo also has ran for Congress against U.S. Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., as Bob Kern.

Wilson46201 said...

... is there any particular reason you would follow a story about disgraced Rep. Mark Foley (R-NAMBLA) with a story about Eric Miller?

Anonymous said...

Sometimes people lke Miller just don't get it and never will.

I have sent his last mail piece, which I received (I lied about my views on an e-questionaire) to my Congresswoman and the IRS.

Anonymous said...

thanks for staying on this guy, Gary. nobody else seems to have the guts to.

Wilson46201 said...

Gary and I often have differences but on the scuzziness of Eric Miller, we agree!

I'm just awaiting Jocelyn to swoop in with a spirited defense of her ideological cohort...

Annette44 said...

I, too, thank you Gary for staying with this topic. It's important that this is kept alive in front of the public view.

Anonymous said...

Wilson, can you PUH-LEASE post one thought without sniping at Jocelyn?

Kenn Gividen said...

I called Eric Miller earlier this week, asking why I was not included in his Voters' Guide.

Advance Indiana said...

Kenn, as I recall, his voter guides only give people information on the voting record of the incumbent legislator, which is slanted in favor of the issues as he supports them. The guide gives no information on a challenger.

Kenn Gividen said...

Nope, his voter's guide surveys all Republican and Democratic candidates. It is then distrubted to 3,000+ churches as bulletin insertions.

Advance America's refusal to include Libertarians is intentional and lends itself to destroying the crediblity of the survey. Unfortunately, the church people who get the guides are none the wiser.

Advance Indiana said...

Kenn, there's a method to Eric's madness. It is against his interests to put your name on the survey because he assumes you will be taking votes away from his real guy in the race Greg Walker--the candidate he claimed to Garton's folks to not be behind last May. Yeah right.