We finished up in Lansing at 8:00 a.m. Friday. We have to be back for session on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. I made the run with my wife and 8-yr. old up to the island for the GOP conference. Best place to talk to the movers and shakers and policy-makers.
Here is the latest on the Presidential candidates.
Romney--strong presence. He's everywhere.
McCain--He's here, workin' the crowds.
Giuliani--I haven't seen him yet, and not a lot of signs or T-shirts.
Thompson--arrived on the island this morning. Meeting with policy makers today. I hear he received some very positive poll numbers in Michigan this morning. He is viable.
Huckabee--didn't make it. New campaign finance laws made it cost prohibitive to get a plane up here. Too bad. He has a great message.
Hunter--was here for a brief stay. Working on a shoe-string.
Ron Paul--you got to give him credit. He has a huge support base on the island and signs everywhere. His band of believers are small but dedicated. Must be every supporter in the state is here, all 200 of them.
Newt Gingrich is also on the scene, talking real policy.
Rumor: There is a straw poll today. One of the candidates came to the island with a satchel full of $50 bills. Buying votes? No way! Does that fall under McCain-Feingold? Feel free to post any comments if you can confirm or deny the rumor.