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Oct
30

LCC race turns ugly

In Section: WTF, Lansing? Posted By: Berl Schwartz
- Lansing-area households, mine included, received a nasty robocall Wednesday dumping on LCC board candidate Thomas Patrick Morgan as a "key player in a group that tried to hijack Michigan's constitution. This same group refused to say who really paid for their efforts to radically change Michigan's constitution."

Two political consultants, one for Democrats, the other for members of both parties, told me they think the "Chamber" is behind it. But one suspected the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, while the other says it smacks of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

Indeed, the Lansing Chamber has endorsed Larry Meyer and Deb Canja in the fight against Morgan's union-backed slate with Robert Proctor and Lawrence Hidalgo. The Michigan Chamber is a more likely suspect, though, since it led the successful effort to derail the 2008 Reform Michigan Government Now effort. In a press release last year, Michigan Chamber Vice President Robert LeBrant denounced the campaign for supposedly violating state election finance law by having "concealed from the public the names of all contributors, and all expenditures."

The irony, of course, is that Morgan's opponents have attacked him anonymously. Michigan law doesn't require disclosure of who is behind robocalls.

Morgan's tangential connection with the campaign was through his employment with Byrum & Fisk, the PR firm that worked for RMGN. Morgan prepared a Powerpoint presentation for a private meeting. His mistake was he left his name on the presentation.

Morgan responded with his own robocall Thursday. After identifying himself, he says: "You may have received a robocall attacking me. This anonymous call contains outright lies and is designed to scar my reputation. This kind of negative campaign has no place in our community. Dirty politics won't create one job and won't help one young person get an education."

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