Republican gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos is first out of the gate with a new 60-second television ad airing across the state. DeVos' campaign manager Greg McNeilly said the ad focuses on DeVos' concern about the direction of the state economy, showing shuttered plants in Kent County. It also focuses on his vision for turning Michigan around.
Well, I have to wonder how committed DeVos really is to turning our economy around. The ad was produced by On Message Inc., a Virginia firm without any ties to Michigan that I could find. DeVos' campaign probably used the company because of their donations to various Republican candidates, but shouldn't loyalty begin at home? We have good advertising firms right here in Michigan that could have used the money his campaign spent on that ad. In fact, Chrysler's ad firm recently had to cut 200 jobs because of declining revenue.
McNeilly would not say how much the campaign is spending to air the ad, but any dollars that go out of Michigan hurt Michigan's economy. As much as the Republicans would like to blame Gov. Granholm for all of our economic problems, most citizens agree that outsourcing has played a central role in decimating our manufacturing base here in our state and across the country.
If DeVos is really serious about helping Michigan's economy - and not rewarding Republican loyalty - then he might want to consider spending his ad dollars here at home next time.