I live in one of the most conservative counties in Michigan (Ottawa County, which includes Grand Haven and Holland). Steady, old-school Dutch Reformed Republicans have dominated politics here for generations. It’s also one of the fastest-growing counties in Michigan right now.
Our county commissioners have traditionally been rock-steady fiscal conservatives who have kept things running very smoothly. They’ve also strongly supported the county health department, including mental health programs. During the pandemic, they (and the county health department) did all the right things regarding mask mandates and promotion of vaccines.
Well, there is an ultra-conservative Christian school in the county that defied mask mandates during the height of the pandemic, and has been heavily fined. One of the school’s dads started a political group called Ottawa Impact, who basically stomp their feet and demand “FREEDOM!” from any government regulation. They were simply HORRIFIED that their poor delicate children were FORCED to wear those vile masks during a global pandemic that killed millions.
So as this group launched a PAC and recruited candidates, each of the candidates was required to pledge allegiance to the group’s nutball mission.
Here’s their mission:
The mission of Ottawa Impact is to preserve and protect the individual rights of the people in Ottawa County.
These rights include freedom of speech, freedom of association, religious liberty, due process, and sanctity of conscience. These are essential qualities of liberty and freedom. Ottawa Impact educates people about threats to these rights and provides a means to defend and preserve them.
We are committed to defending the constitutionally protected rights of parents to make health and education decisions for their own children. We desire to preserve and pass on the blessings and heritage of Ottawa County to future generations.
We recognize our nation’s Judeo-Christian heritage and celebrate America as an exceptional nation blessed by God. We oppose indoctrination of our county’s youth and the politicization of public schools.
We believe civic engagement, ground up, is critical to preserve a healthy, moral society. We seek to educate, encourage, and support local leaders who fight to preserve Ottawa’s values and work to eliminate policies which oppose them.
The group was largely self-funded, and have absolutely flooded the county with slick-looking signs. This caught the incumbents completely off-guard. The incumbents have never had to do much fundraising, or even campaigning, to keep their seats. Just run as a Republican and they would win.
In response to the nutters primarying the incumbents, another group was set up called “Ottawa Integrity.” This group included both Republicans (the incumbents) and some Democrats. This group held a forum at one point for its endorsed candidates to talk. In response to this, the county GOP censured each of the incumbents for participating in a “Soros sponsored” event.
Well, the campaign to kick out the incumbents worked. I know signs don’t vote, but for the past four+ months, everywhere you turned in Ottawa County, there were signs for these nutters. Every. Where. They were well-done signs. All had the same style and color. Low-information voters, who would’ve just voted for the only name (with an R next to it) on the ballot in the past, now voted for the only name they probably recognized (thanks to the thick blanket of signs around the county).
Ottawa Impact had candidates in 9 of 11 county districts, and beat out the incumbent in 8 of those 9. Some districts don’t even have Democrats running, so yesterday was basically a coronation for those nutters. The ones that actually do have Dems on the ballot for November, really don’t have a chance (except probably one).
In one fell swoop, my county’s government just got taken over by anti-science, pro-“liberty” nutballs who somehow think our nation’s “Judeo-Christian heritage” is critical for effective county governance, and that our poor widdle youths are being “indoctrinated” by the grooming forces of Gay Satan.