"All these guys are trying to seem like reasonable, moderate guys who are not the scary conservatives who their opponents will make them out to be," Smith added. "But they all have very conservative records and support for the president that will make it difficult for them to duck this."That doesn't stop them from trying though. In fact, Michigan's GOP recently redesigned the banner across their website and removed Bush's picture. The new design might fool some people, but Ken Mehlman, Republican National Committee chairman, disputed the notion that there is much room between candidates and the president, noting the large number of fundraising events Bush, Laura Bush and Vice President Cheney have been asked to attend for GOP candidates. By the RNC's latest count, Bush has done 50 events for Republicans this cycle, raising more than $160 million.
DeVos doesn't need help in the fundraising department since he's bankrolling his own campaign, but he and his family have been top contributors to Republican candidates, including President Bush, and more than 440 conservative organizations promoting free market ideologies and conservative religious causes. All that Amway money adds credence to what Steve Smith said about these candidates (in this case, DeVos) all having very conservative records and support for the president - and judging from this picture, DeVos and Bush still appear to be pretty tight.
Speaking of Amway money, Michigan Caucus recently reported on the close relationship between the pyramid plan and Michigan's GOP:
Amway announces the completion of its purchase of the Michigan Republican Party. The price was not disclosed. The MRP will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Amway and will continue to elect its own board and chairman with approval of the majority shareholders, the DeVos and Van Andel families.I love the snazzy new logo. It fits them. I just have one question: If DeVos wins, will Michigan henceforth be known as "MichigAMWAY?"
The MRP will change its name to the Michigan Republican Party of Amway.