Michigan Republicans — August 6, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Koch brothers-backed candidate in Michigan loses (or is that “didn’t succeed enough”?)


In Livingston County, one of the most conservative places in mid-Michigan, the Koch brothers’ front group Americans for Prosperity backed GOP House candidate Wendy Day, putting up billboards to support her bid for the nomination in the 47th House District

Day is notorious for her time on a local school board (while she home-schooled her own kids) and for blogging during school board meetings. She also headed up a failed petion drive to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot in 2010 that would allow Michigan voters the opportunity to vote on an amendment “that says you cannot be forced to join a government-run healthcare system” (i.e., “Obamacare”.)

After her petition drive went down in flames, Day claimed her group didn’t fail, they just didn’t succeed enough.


Despite the money spent on her behalf by AFP, Day came up short, losing to her primary opponent Henry Vaupel 42-37%. Also, despite the sweet, sweet Koch brothers’ money spent to support her candidacy, Day claims she was “outspent 2-1”:

Day said there was a good field of candidates.

However, Day said she was outspent 2-1 and also felt Democrats crossed over to vote in the primary.

“I’m very proud of the race we ran,” Day said. “I wouldn’t do anything differently. We left it all on the field.”

“You do everything you can and trust God with the results,” Day said.

I guess God weighed in.

Or maybe it’s that Day just didn’t succeed enough.