County Democratic chair Judy Daubenmier slings the worst kind of political mud

Judy Daubenmier is the chair of the Livingston County Democratic Party, and through the years, she’s had her share of ridiculous moments, most of which have been harmless and wholly ineffective. Nothing she’s done has ever made the county turn more blue.

In her most recent salvo, though, she crossed the line and did something that is truly offensive and repulsive. She should be ashamed of herself and she needs to apologize.

In a letter to the editor to the Livingston Post that posted yesterday, Daubenmier wrote about Wednesday’s much-publicized “Operation Gridlock” rally in Lansing. Most every Democrat in Michigan hated the rally. No surprise there.

In Daubenmier’s letter, she wondered why Livingston County’s three elected Republican state legislators – Sen. Lana Theis, Rep. Hank Vaupel and Rep. Ann Bollin – have not come out and publicly condemned the rally.

Ordinarily, that would just be a bunch of blah blah blah nothingness, but a single line in Daubenmier’s letter crossed the line. To help you out, I’ve highlighted the repulsive line in bold letters.

She wrote:

“I think the public deserves some answers from them. Did they support the rally, which flaunted social distancing guidelines? Did they think it was appropriate for Confederate battle flags to wave on the grounds of the Capitol near the monuments to Michigan’s Civil War dead and veterans? Did they think swastikas have a place in the United States?

Really, Judy? Really? You’re asking if Livingston County’s three state legislators believe that swastikas have a place in the United States?

You’re asking the voters of Livingston County to make the logical conclusion that because Lana Theis, Hank Vaupel and Ann Bollin have not specifically come out and condemned swastikas, that must mean they’re Nazi sympathizers?

In the middle of a pandemic, when you’re rightly asking everyone on both sides of the political aisle to come together to get through this, that’s what you’ve decided to write about? That Lana Theis, Hank Vaupel and Ann Bollin might support Nazism?

Really, Judy?

Forget the fact that you’re exhibiting the worst kind of partisanship by doing that. You certainly could have made your point that the rally was a bad idea without accusing our three state lawmakers of possibly being Nazi sympathizers.

You know who else didn’t specifically condemn the swastikas at the rally? U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly. She put out a statement that criticized the rally, but she didn’t specifically mention the swastikas. Or the Confederate flags, for that matter.

Using your logic, can we then assume that Congresswoman Slotkin supports swastikas and Confederate flags?

Of course not. And neither do Lana Theis, Hank Vaupel and Ann Bollin.

As I said, Judy Daubenmier has said and done some ridiculous things in her role as Livingston County Democratic Party chair, but this was a new low.

She owes an apology to Lana Theis, Hank Vaupel and Ann Bollin.

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  1. Buddy, I don’t understand your point here. I am a moderate republican, I plan on voting straight ticket red in November, but I was not comfortable with the fact that a rally that was advertised a protest to the governor’s decision turned into a totally different animal by celebrating confederate flags, hate symbols, and death threats towards the governor.

    I have never met Judy Daubenier, but I think it’s a fair question to ask our elected leaders what they think of this total deviation from what the protest was advertised as, versus what it came to be.

    • She tried to make the link that because Theis, Vaupel and Bollin didn’t come out and condemn the rally, we could reasonably assume that they must support swastikas. She could have made her point without bringing up the swastikas. She brought up the swastikas, not me.

  2. Well….? What DO the County’s three elected Republican state legislators – Sen. Lana Theis, Rep. Hank Vaupel and Rep. Ann Bollin think about this?
    There are three choices; condone, condemn or bury their heads in the sand.

  3. Buddy:

    You called out Detmer due to the presence of the “Proud Boys” near him at a Republican sponsored protest in Lansing. Detmer is a Republican candidate for the 8th District for which Congresswoman Elissa Slotken represents. Did Lana Theis, Hank Vaupel and Ann Bollin consider whether this is appropriate or not even consider it even though you felt it was inappropriate and you definitely lean right in the political spectrum.

    Why don’t Theis, Vaupel (a veteran like I am), and Bollin come out and condemn the flying of the Nazis flags at Republican demonstrations, the presence of Proud Boys who support white supremacy and support of Nazis ideology as determined by the Southern Poverty Law Center? Do they wish to have Detmer representing them in Congress or is it they are afraid they may lose some votes if they do condemn it?

    Twice and no comment .

  4. Is Moorehouse serious? It’s a good question. There were plenty of Confederate flags and a few swastikas, but there were not only many Republicans supporting the dangerous Trump rally,but many, including the Speaker of the House, on the lawn with no masks and not practicing social distancing. Where was Livingston County’s delegation?
    Why do you always give Moorehouse a platform whenever he wants to attack someone?

    • Moorehouse is just trying to deflect from the nasty business the rally became. A large majority support the Governor’s orders & I suspect were saddened if not angry at the signs some chose to use & the behavior they displayed. I expect my state Representatives to support her order of public safety & have written them about it. I wish they would denounce such behavior. But, for pity sake we all want this to safely end.

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