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Why Tom McMillin is Wrong for Michigan's 45th District by Christine Hughes

Christine Hughes posted this letter on Facebook describing her reasoning as to why Tom McMillin is too radical for Michigan's 45th District.

Tom McMillin’s views on homosexuality are either at the root or are the extension of his narrow point of view – period. They exemplify the ever-growing list of the things that are simply wrong with this guy, not only as it relates to representing the residents of Rochester Hills but as it relates to moving this state and the nation forward.


Not only is his obvious disregard for the LGBT community shameful, it illustrates his clear cut ignorance on the issues AND his refusal to do due diligence before introducing or supporting throw back legislation. 


His one-eyed political view covers a gamut of issues. 


Instead of working to make ALL public schools stronger, he votes for initiatives that empower for-profit cyber and charter schools. Of course he does, his campaign (one among many) received generous contributions from the charter school folks. 


He votes against a bill that would ban texting and driving, saying it is personal choice (not sure who is funding that brand of thinking) but wants to put government into a woman’s most intimate business with HB5711. 
How does it move the state forward to allow insurance companies ($2,500 contribution to McMillin by BCBS) to disallow coverage of autism? Does eliminating the helmet law for motorcyclists make Michigan a better place to do business? What’s wrong with reforming campaign financing? And why does he say he wants locals to have local control but then introduces HB 5039 that completely eliminates local control regarding discriminatory practices. He says he did for the Boy Scouts! Seriously? 


Most of all, how do his views on any of these issues jive with residents of Rochester Hills? What has he done in Lansing that shows he is thinking about the community he came from rather than the party he serves? His Lansing politics can actually directly HARM some of our city’s finest assets, schools especially. 
Tom McMillin knows about choice. He’s made plenty of bad ones. He has chosen to vote for harmful legislation and worse yet, introduce and vote for discriminatory legislation. He has chosen to put community last. He has chosen to represent money and corporations rather than the people. Of course, he has now given us, the voters, a clear cut choice. Mine is to NOT choose him. 


About HB5039…I believe that the residents of Rochester Hills, at their very core, would abhor discrimination of any sort and would support legislation that would ban discrimination of any sort. This bill does NOT serve the Boy Scouts, it eliminates local ordinances which ban discrimination. Our city needs such an ordinance on the books to publicly acknowledge that we do not and would not allow discrimination against any one of our residents. That effort will continue. But in the meantime, it’s time to change the person who is making seriously big wrong choices. 


Decide for yourself and review McMillin’s record at :http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/19781/ Then visit the site of his opponent, Joanna Van Raaphorst to see that she is, indeed, the better choice.

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Chris Gill October 11, 2012 at 11:59 AM
I have attended a Tom McMillin town hall meeting and found him to be grossly ignorant on the facts, especially when it came to education. He likes to pretend he is a nice, likable, mild mannered guy, but his agenda is anything but nice or likable. His record is appalling in what he supports and neglects to support for the citizens in his own community. He is grossly out of touch with the Rochester Hills I know, and he has done very little to impact JOBS and job creation as was promised by many a Republican candidate two years ago. He is so focused on being anti-gay, anti-public school, and anti-anything that did not line his political pocket I fear his re-election and the further damage he could cause. It's time for an alternative, I will not make another mistake and vote for him a second time. I will support his opponent, Joanne Van Raaphorst.
Ross W. Emerton October 11, 2012 at 12:07 PM
I have contacted Tom McMillin on numerous issues, Where a typical politician would tell a constituent that he appreciated their views and thank them for contacting him, Mr. McMillin basically said "I'll do what I want". He sends me his email "updates" and does not even recognize when you unsubscribe. (Contacted him about that as well and got zero response). Tom clearly does not represent us. Joanna has my vote as well.
Walter Creamer October 11, 2012 at 12:36 PM
The Rochester area is palace of families, fun events, and caring people. Citizens care about one another and value a strong community pride. Rep. McMillen is a robot like person who has his eye on a different prize. Unfeeling, lack of interest in answering the questions of our community, and ridiculous support of bills that have no worth to this district. Even his own supporters say "Hold your Nose and vote," Wow that is a great endorsement! I hope as a community we are better then that!
Eve Ts October 12, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Tom McMillin, the Olestra side effect of politicians. Look it up.
Cathy October 12, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Chris Hughes is a wonderful woman and a pillar of this community. I haven't seen anything good come from Mr. McMillin. I'm with Chris. Mr. McMillin needs to find a different place for his extreme agenda and message of hate. Crittenton hospital needs his help and he is working for a hospital outside of his district?
John Przybysz October 16, 2012 at 05:13 AM
John Przybysz 1:03 am on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 At the League of Women Voters public meeting October 3, 2012 at Rochester Hills City Hall, I asked State Representative Tom McMillin why he introduced House Bills 5517 and 5518 to repeal Article 11 (Barber Laws) and Section 17 (State License Fee Act). Mr. McMillin , the sponsor of the bill, replied sarcastically - (the first thing he said), "ANYONE CAN CUT HAIR". That reply is totally irresponsible for a State Representative that is supposed to represent his constitutients. Also, why did the City of Rochester Hills edit this sentence out of the video of this event???
Tony October 16, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Just got a letter from Tom's mom telling me to vote for him. That has to be the worst political mailer I have ever received. Vote for my extremist son! He hates gays, public schools and will continue to embarass your community but I love my son. Surreal.
doug October 16, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I would agree with everything written here about Tom. However, sometimes you just have look at the bigger picture and do something that makes you wince. I will vote for Tom, because a vote for Joanne (who seems very nice) is a vote for the MEA and the democrats in Lansing. You have to remember that when you vote. The state is just starting to make a comeback thanks to the Rebublican House and Govenor. You may not like everything they do, but you can't deny the progress. People outside Michigan are starting to notice and is leading to job growth and an investment friendly environment. The republicans in Lansing basically ignore Tom anyways.
Paul Sprague October 16, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Doug, how does Tom making Michigan look like Mississippi drive people to Michigan? Companies, people like strong public schools, universitie. Do you merely copy and paste the same comment? I've seen it 5 times now. Why can't you post your full name?
Walter Creamer October 16, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Doug, I have read this copy and paste several times on other posts. I have a agreed with you in past posts on several areas because I felt you had the citizens best interest. I can not believe you would encourage a person to vote for McMillin because it holds a seat. That is the very thing that is wrong with politics today. I hope this is not being taught in our schools and the students are taught you vote the person not the party. How sad we have become when personal gain out weighs honest leadership. We want the best for our sports teams but not for our government. We must cross the aisle in some instances and not "hold our nose" and let ourselves be represented by narrow minded leaders.
doug October 16, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Walter: I fully respect your opinion. I am just a realist. We are a party system in this country. Having the right party in the majority will have more impact than any one representative, good or in the case bad. I strongly believe in the current direction being set in Lansing. It is hard on lots of people, but will make Michigan stronger. That is more important to me than the ranting of a single dysfunctional rep, like McMillan. As for using my full name...unless someone is well known, the name is irrelevant as it offers no context. I just try and offer idea's and facts, while being respectful. Others can decide if they add any value.
Al October 16, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Would like to note one thing. Tom McMilin championed the successful election of Dave Agema as head of Michigan Repub Party. If you think McMillin is radical then you need to check out Dave Agema. As a Republican I think these 2 fellows are dangerous because they will move the party to fight issues are are lost causes as time goes by. Gay people will have rights, children will be protected from bullies eventually. Tom McMillin and Dave Agema are on the losing side of these battles. The problem is that people will start to lump all Republicans into this class because Agema and McMillin have big bull horns and stir up a lot of controversy. The Governor's mansion and the legislature are safe without McMillin. 2 more years of him could taint Michigan republicans further. We can afford to lose McMillin.

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