Dec 21, 2006
Livingston County’s state Senator is one of the most extreme right-wingers in the Senate, according to the annual survey by the subscription only MIRS and Michigan Votes. Garcia checked in very close to the top at No. 4 with a rating of 88 percent.
Livingston County voters are familiar with three of the top four extrenmists. Heading the list is Nancy Cassus, and residents on the southeastern part of the county are likely familiar with her because part of her district includes neighboring South Lyon and Lyon Township. Cropsey represented Livingston County as a Senator in the 1980s.
We really got a clue how extreme Garcia was when we were introduced to him in 2001 when he ran in trhe special election for the then 26th District Senate seat vacated by Mike Rogers after his election to the U.S. House. He ran in a three-person GOP primary against Judie Scranton and Larry Julian, and the goal of that race was to see who could be the most conservative. Garcia won.
The rankings are based on their votes on 29 bills in the last session that included everything from so-called welfare reform that places a lifetime limit of 48 months of benefits to repealing the state's mandatory helmet law.
Sen. Martha Scott heads the list as the most progressive with a perfect rating.
1. Nancy Cassis (R-Novi) — 93.10 Percent
2. Allan Sanborn (R-Richmond Township)— 92.31
3. Sen. Alan Cropsey (R-Dewitt) — 89.66
4. Sen. Valde Garcia (R-Marion Township) — 88
5. (tie) Sen. Michael Goschka (R-Brant), Sen. Wayne Kuipers (R-Holland), Sen. Tony Stamas (R-Midland) — 86.21
6. (tie) Sen. Jason Allen (R-Traverse City), Sen. Mike Bishop (R-Rochester), Sen. Michelle McManus (R-Lake Leelanau) — 82.76
1. Sen. Martha G. Scott (D-Highland Park) – 100 percent
2. Sen. Liz Brater (D-Ann Arbor) – 96.43
3. Sen. Irma Clark-Coleman (D-Detroit) — 92.59
4. Sen. Hansen Clarke (D-Detroit) – 89.66
5. Sen. Buzz Thomas (D-Detroit) – 85.19
6. Sen. Gilda Jacobs (D-Huntington Woods) — 82.76
7. Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) —75
8. (tie) Sen. Ray Basham (D-Taylor), Sen. Burton Leland (D-Detroit) —70.37
9. Sen. Bob Emerson (D-Flint) — 69.57
10. Sen. Deborah Cherry (D-Burton) —62.07