A country that loses its values, its principles, has lost its heart.
A country that loses its sensible center, its common ground, has lost its mind.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Marlinga's dirty little secret

Carl Marlinga has a dirty little Democratic secret.
Marlinga, who has always run as a staunchly pro-labor Democrat and will likely receive many union endorsements in his current run for county Probate Court, has had petition circulators working the crowd at Wal-Mart.

One of our reporters here at The Macomb Daily spotted people collecting signatures to put the former prosecutor on the ballot outside the Wal-Mart in Roseville.
Of course, Wal-Mart is a four-letter word in union circles because they’re perceived as anti-labor and have been accused repeatedly of mistreating workers. It may be interesting to hear how Marlinga explains this one.

Meanwhile, Marlinga’s decision to run for Probate Court surely must mean that he is determined to run for every public office available in Michigan. Maybe his ultimate goal is not to win any particular political office but to make his way into the Guiness Book of World Records.
In case you’ve lost track – and unless you’re a Macomb County politics junkie, you surely have – Marlinga has now sought 10 different offices. Ten.

In the 1970s, he ran for county commissioner and state Senate (twice). In the ‘80s he hailed as the county prosecutor. While holding that position he ran unsuccessfully in the ‘90s for U.S. Senate and put his name out there for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.
In 2000, he was briefly a Democratic candidate for state Supreme Court. In 2002, he ran for the U.S. House. In 2010, he made a third run for state Senate.
Now, he suddenly emerged as a candidate for the open seat in probate. That was a surprise. 

Of course, that’s if anyone still thinks that Marlinga’s name on a ballot could possibly be a surprise.


  1. LOL great article Chad. A+ for humor. Sad that many of our politiicians are so power hungry they run for office after office or board after board or title after title. One can't properly serve one office or board when they serve multiple offices or boards at the same time. Very sad.

  2. Ouch. I didn't realize the desire to be a public servant was such a horrible thing? I hope we soon see a blog post about all the anti-government Republicans that have been collecting taxpayer funded paychecks and benefits for their elected positions. Heck, you can even make it into a family legacy. Getting paid to "fight" for smaller government.

    This kind of hypocrisy and you beat up on Marlinga? Low blow Chad. Low blow.

  3. What really frosts me is that out of state residents (this one from Missouri) are set up outside the Macomb County Courthouse. Among other petitions circulated is the Matty Moroun's attempt to get the Bridge issue on the ballot. These circulators are paid per signature - $1.25. It is ILLEGAL - according to Michigan law the circulators must be Michigan qualified electors - registered voters in Michigan. But, they get away with it, and did so with Proposal E (Detroit Casinos) and other ballot initiatives. By the way, they keep a shill circulator nearby. Go to MC Circuit Court and check out the table in front of General Macomb's statue. Then ask the gentleman to see his driver's license.

    In closing, the african american middle aged man circulating the petition for organized labor is legit. He is volunteering his time for his union and is a Michigan resident.