Oct 8, 2009

MDP calls for investigation of GOP underage drinking


LANSING - The Michigan Democratic Party is calling for an immediate and thorough investigation of the underage drinking that took place at the so-called “GOP Leadership Conference” on Mackinac Island last week.

Central Michigan University College Republican Vanessa Oblinger blogged about the weekend’s events, and she wrote that the students “were rewarded with open bars and free dinners” just for coming. Underage drinking is all too common among college students, but the problem is the illegal alcohol was provided by Republican candidates for Governor and Attorney General. Of those candidates, one is the top law enforcement officer in the state one is the sheriff of one of the county’s most popular counties and another is a former judge who wants to be the top law enforcement officer in the state.

To compound the problem, the party took place just three days before the deadline to approve a state budget.

“This wasn’t a so-called ‘policy conference’ – it was ‘Animal House on the Island’ for three days sponsored by the Michigan Republican Party and its candidates,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer. “Mike Cox and Mike Bouchard are officers of the law.
“Bill Schuette is a former judge, and he and Mike Bishop want to become Attorney General.,” Brewer said. “For them to ignore and even condone this illegal behavior is shameful and irresponsible. There must be a thorough investigation of this illegal activity on the Island.”

2 comments:

Republican Michigander said...

So Mark Brewer has stooped to going after college students for (gasp!) drinking.

First off, unless Mark had too many brews himself on the island, he should know that there was a policy conference. He was there. That's also where I was most of the two days. Pundits and Pollsters on Friday, and Fix Michigan on Saturday. Yeah, I enjoy the parties, but I also enjoy the panels there and was at six of them, seven if you count an impromptu conference downstairs that was started. I would have gone even if there was no beer, although I do like a good Mackinac Pale Ale.

As far as the drinking goes, I was carded at the parties I attended, and I'm over ten years older than the underage drinkers. If I was carded, balding and all, I'll be astounded if they were not carded. The blog also said they washed off the stamps showing they were underage. Beating the system. It's an age old tradition, going back to the days of my youth.

The blogger made a mistake by posting that. It happens. Youthful mistakes. I made a few myself back in the day, and paid a little for what one other person posted a few years ago. So what. We live and we learn.

But since Mark Brewer's party is doing a piss poor Matt Millenesque job of the economy here, he needs to take political pot shots at a college student as a distraction for doing what many college students do. How pathetic, just like this administration, your boss, and their tax raising.

Communications guru said...

The bottom line is a crime was committed. If a homeowner supplied alcohol to minors, I guarantee law enforcement would go after them. The blogger did more than make mistake by posting it, she engaged in illegal activity.

Nice attempt at trying to change the subject, but Mark Brewer's party is not “doing a piss poor Matt Millenesque job of the economy here.” Who was in charge when the economy went into the worst recession since the Great Depression? I’ll give you a hint: it wasn’t Mark Brewer’s party.

Like I said in the post; underage drinking is all too common among college students, but the problem is the illegal alcohol was provided by Republican candidates for Governor and Attorney General. If nothing else, it speaks volumes about their judgment or lack of it.