News from Progress Michigan

November 7, 2013

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Progress Michigan Calls Out Rick Snyder for the Company He Keeps

Snyder seen as a leader and ally by extreme right-wing politicians around the country

LANSING, MI — Over the past few days, Governor Rick Snyder has been gaining attention from some prominent right-wing extremists around the country. While Snyder tries to campaign as a moderate, the support he’s getting from the far-right is quickly diminishing his middle of the road veneer.

Right-wing politicians like Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are heaping praise and support on Snyder for his political assaults on working families with bills like Right to Work.

Paul and McConnell are looking to Snyder as a leader as they try to push a national Right to Work law and Christie is planning on coming to Michigan to help campaign for Snyder leading up to the election.

Paul and McConnell are Tea Party darlings who were integral in the recent government shutdown that cost the country $24 billion in economic activity. While in New Jersey, Christie continually blocked marriage equality legislation, consistently vetoed funding to women’s health care services and enjoys verbally attacking public school teachers at events.

“With far-right politicians like Paul, McConnell and Christie swarming like flies to support Gov. Snyder, it’s going to be hard for him to maintain his campaign charade as a moderate,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “This is just another example of what we have known about Snyder since he began signing legislation: he’s a right-wing, corporate-sponsored politician who favors giving $1.8 billion in tax breaks to big businesses while defunding neighborhood schools and pushing higher taxes on seniors and families.  He can claim to be a moderate all he wants, but the truth is in the company he keeps.”

Click here to check out a blog post by Progress Michigan on Snyder’s new, right-wing pals.


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