....In the fall of 2011, major Metro Detroit politicians were conspicuously absent from the Occupy Detroit movement. So noxious was the leftist tantrum that even Detroit City Council members eschewed the protests that had become synonymous with public disorder and anti-capitalist rhetoric. But one area Democrat bucked the trend- Congressman Gary Peters.A Republican candidate who attended Tea Party rallies and took pictures waving signs with tea party slogans would not be able to be portrayed by the media s a moderate and independent- because if they did so they probably would be more truthfully characterized as rightwing and conservative (which is where the Tea Party is viewed). And so a politician that attended Occupy rallies and protests and shouted the communist slogans of these groups is not a moderate and independent, but more truthfully and accurately described as a radical leftist and communist supporter. And that DATA backs it up- we also have voting records to look at-
The millionaire former Merrill Lynch financial advisor donned a "We are the 99 Percent" button and marched up Woodward Avenue amidst angry unionists, anarchists and class warriors. Last week, the self-described political "moderate" and "independent" launched his campaign to fill the Senate seat of retiring Carl Levin. But if he is a centrist, why does Peters provoke such unusual disdain from even moderate Republicans? His Occupy Detroit alliance is a glimpse at the real Gary Peters — an ideologically liberal politician who will do anything to stay in power...
...He voted in lockstep with Speaker Nancy Pelosi's agenda when Democrats controlled the House. Pro-global warming regulation. Pro-stimulus. Pro-Obamacare. His middle-class Oakland County constituents rebelled against his partisan vote for Obamacare, complaining that he was aloof and unresponsive. Only when the subsequent, tea party tsunami threatened his seat in 2010 did Peters row to America's political mainstream. Overnight, Peters became a small government advocate, condemning Obama's second, $50 billion stimulus and embracing the Bush tax cuts.Ballenger is wrong- 'it's' not a sham- Gary Peters is a sham- he is untruthful about his policy positions and pretends to be something that he is not. He's a fake and a phony- and what's more, he employs thugs and questionable campaign tactics to win office-
Peters temporary flirtation with those "centrist" issues is instructive. Having secured his re-election in 2010, he lurched back left — cheering Obama's agenda for even more spending (never mind $50 billion, now Peters supported Obama's $450 billion Stimulus II) and burying the Bush tax cuts. In a 2012 Detroit News interview, Peters dodged questions about why it was imperative to shield Michigan small business from tax hikes in the difficult 2010 recovery — but not in the difficult 2012 recovery. Peters makes Mitt Romney look like a flip-flop novice.
"Peters has always presented himself as a reasonable business candidate, even as he votes left," says Michigan political analyst Bill Ballenger. "It's a total sham."...
...His 2010 Congressional campaign was the state's ugliest — tagging tea partiers with the crude sex term "teabaggers" and accusing his opponent, decorated Iraq veteran Rocky Raczkowski, of business malfeasance, a charge so low it provoked a slander suit...On my own blog I also documented his various thuggish and bullying and ugly tactics that he employs to win elections in our free nation of proud citizens-
...The type of tactics that Peters had his thugs employ when he won his Congressional race in 2008 and 2010 election included the usual picketing, public demonstrations, and harassment of his opponents at public events, but he even ordered his thugs to show up at his opponents' house to continue the harassment. Once, one of the thugs employed by Peters ambushed his 2008 opponent Representative Knollenberg at a local pharmacy to harass him, which got one of the Congressman's employees to ask him to 'go away' and then Pteres ran campaign ad playing up the 'mean old conservative angle'. In 2010, Peters was up to his old tricks again, employing thugs to harass his opponent in that race Rocky Raczkowski- but oddly enough none of the thugs he hired ever appeared on lists of his office staff or campaign staff even though when asked they admitted that they worked for Peters....There are going to be better choices in this upcoming election for the residents of Michigan- candidates who are honest, upstanding, moderate, independent, decent, and don't regularly vote to spend taxpayer money on abortions and efforts to shut down manufacturing here in Michigan. Terri Lynn Land, for one. We can do better than Gary Peters.