College Dems, Republicans gear up for election season
Republicans plan 'Catch an Illegal Immigrant Day,' 'Fun with Guns'
It's still early in the election season, but the College Republicans and College Democrats have already launched campaigns to seduce your vote in November.
On Sunday, the College Dems pulled on Ann Arbor's strong liberal roots and brought in John Dingell, a congressman from Dearborn who has had a hold on Michigan's 15th district longer than many students' parents have been alive.
The College Republicans have other ideas, some not quite as mainstream as parading popular politicians.
Morgan Wilkins, the intern hired by the College Republicans National Committee to win the hearts and minds of Michigan 20-somethings, is planning events that some may find odd. To others, they may be offensive.
One such idea is "Catch an Illegal Immigrant Day," in which a volunteer would play the part of an illegal immigrant and hide somewhere on campus while others try to find him. The winner would receive a prize.
Her other ideas include an event called "Fun with Guns," in which young Republicans would use a BB gun or paintball gun to shoot cardboard cut-outs of Democratic leaders such as Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)
The College Dem's events might not be as contentious as Wilkins', but they seem to have struck a chord with their followers.
Dingell, a crutch tucked under one arm, hobbled to the microphone at the College Democrats' mass meeting Sunday and addressed a crowd of more than 200 students. They came to their feet and applauded the congressman from Dearborn.
"This is going to be a very interesting year," said Dingell, who spoke alongside Lt. Gov. John Cherry. "You can make a real difference in how this state goes."
While Dingell faces no major opposition in his bid to add another term to his half century of service in the U.S. House of Representatives, Cherry and running mate Gov. Jennifer Granholm are in a tight race with Republican challenger Dick DeVos.
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A Very Concerned Republican
posted 9/12/06 @ 3:17 PM EST
Can I please ask who, if anyone, from the actual University of Michigan College Republicans the Daily interviewed regarding their Field Rep's claims? Was anyone on campus--that is, a member of the College Republicans executive board--actually asked if these events would take place? If not, isn't it incredibly dangerous to assume that what an organization outsider claims to be true is ACTUALLY the truth? The Daily needs to be more responsible about its fact-checking and, instead of going off of hearsay, speak to the actual group in question. (Continued…)
posted 9/13/06 @ 1:10 AM EST
Congratulations to Ms. Wilkins, who has the DNC up in arms! Glad to see that conservative values are alive and well in Michigan.
A shame, then, that such an obviously biased article should run in the Michigan Daily. (Continued…)
robert k benson
posted 9/13/06 @ 3:43 PM EST
Shame on the college republicans, for such a repugnant and racial activity they have outlined for their effort to recruit other college students. If they were discerning at all, they would know that the current administration has imported terror, racism, bigotry, created massive debt that they and their children will sprend their lifetimes trying to pay back, and stolen private and constitutional rights right out from under their noses. (Continued…)
posted 9/13/06 @ 3:51 PM EST
So let's see if I have this right: the national representative of the College Republicans let's slip the plans they have for the local chapter, and the local chapter claims they know nothing about it and start the wearisome "liberal bias" crap?
Maybe the local chapter should communicate with their national masters a little more. (Continued…)
posted 9/14/06 @ 2:27 AM EST
In July 2006, Morgan Wilkins was heading up a Republican Meetup group in Louisville, Kentucky:
Louisville, KY · April 7, 2006
""I am a 19-year-old student at JCTC and I am currently majoring in Political Science. (Continued…)
posted 9/14/06 @ 9:56 AM EST
I find that this event promotes the a negative image of our democractic principles. The group would be much better offering an event on tolerance and understanding our Federal immigration laws then shooting up images of Hillary Clinton. (Continued…)