In case you missed it – earlier this week, current Speaker of the House and candidate for Attorney General penned a doozie of a letter regarding his opponent Sen. Tony Schuitmaker’s campaign tactics. Both are Republicans and are running for Attorney General. The particular subjects that drew the ire of Speaker Leonard was the negative campaigning (hit pieces) and the targeting of info on his wife by Schuitmaker’s campaign.
He didn’t mince words, “But after a couple weeks of hit pieces against me, she is now trying to go further and attack my family. That is unacceptable….Simply put, Tonya: cut it out. Our families are off limits.”
It’s rare in politics to have someone write something so engaging and transparent about “inside baseball.” It’s actually quite refreshing.
And to think, there’s still 5 months before the state convention when the candidates are chosen. Hang on, it’s going to be quite a ride.
Read the whole letter here:
Via Tom Leonard’s Facebook:
Desperate Campaign Attacks
I have received dozens of calls, texts, and emails about the negative campaign being run from my opponent. They even include messages from party leaders within her own congressional district telling her to cut it out.
A strong commitment to our shared conservative principles is important. We need leaders who live up to that high moral standard and who will make us proud. That is why I am so disappointed in Senator Schuitmaker.
Desperate candidates sometimes resort to desperate actions – I get that. Unfortunately, that’s just politics. But after a couple weeks of hit pieces against me, she is now trying to go further and attack my family. That is unacceptable.
We recently found out her campaign consultant has requested personal information about my wife Jenell from her former place of work. I don’t know what Senator Schuitmaker is fishing for, but she is clearly looking for something to attack my wife for her own personal gain.
This is wrong. This is above and beyond the desperate campaign mudslinging we all hate. My wife and daughter should be absolutely off-limits to personal attacks. If Senator Schuitmaker wants to take her campaign to the gutter, then she should keep focused on me. Leave my family out of it.
I am so deeply disappointed in her, and I feel awful for Jenell. Please know that no matter what my opponents do going forward, I am going to continue to talk about the issues that matter to you and about the conservative successes we have had in the Michigan House.
We all want leaders who will deliver on tax relief, second amendment rights and protecting the unborn. We are doing that in the House every day, and I am proud to run on that record. We all want an Attorney General with a record of fighting crime. In my case, that was on the tough streets of Flint as a prosecutor. I am proud of my law enforcement background, and I will be talking more about that in the days and months ahead as the convention and fall campaign approach.
You have my word – I am going to do all I can to keep my campaign focused on the issues that matter to you and not on the innocent families of my opponents. I know the type of convention campaign I am going to run – honest, effective, well-organized, and strong. It will be a campaign I can be proud of – that my family would be proud of – and that you can be proud to support.
I hope you will join me in sending a message to others that we aren’t going to reward desperate actions.
Simply put, Tonya: cut it out. Our families are off limits.