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Monday, October 15, 2012

Martin Howrylak's October Surprise

Looks like our infamous Troy Eagle Scout is at it again.

On the night Martin Howrylak was late to his own Town Hall meeting with State Rep. opponent Mary Kerwin, Troy residents were subject to an immature robo-call wherein Martin accused Mary of refusing to sign a pledge to run a clean campaign.

He also submitted this op-ed to the Oakland Press, whining about her lack of response to his purported request.

Mary Kerwin had an answer for Martin in this op-ed.

Now, one need only look at the lifetime accomplishments of each candidate to see that Mrs. Kerwin is not only CLEARLY more experienced and capable of the job, she also has a legacy of service, volunteerism, activism and leadership that far surpasses that of Mr. Howrylak. 

But putting all that aside, one could look ONLY at this campaign tactic to know who the obvious choice in this particular race should be.

Ask yourself -- with the history of grand-standing shenanigans that Martin Howrylak has, would YOU have accepted a letter from him at our home?  A letter from your opponent sent in this fashion:


It was an OBVIOUS set-up. Perhaps Mrs. Kerwin wasn't even at home each time this letter's delivery was attempted.  I know she's been awfully busy running a campaign -- I'm sure SHE didn't have time to attempt an entrapment like this, for example.

So what does Martin  Howrylak decide to do with HIS campaign time?  Slander Mrs. Kerwin.  Create drama around this letter and her supposed refusal to run a clean campaign.

He put the photo on his campaign Facebook page -- Mrs. Kerwin's address included, by the way.  *I* deleted that bit, as well as his...because MY PARENTS raised me properly.  When I responded on that page to inquire if he felt this was the work of someone running a clean campaign, my comment was promptly deleted, and I am now banned from responding there.

Seems Martin doesn't like being called on his tricks.  So we'll just put it HERE instead.

Let's plan a November surprise for Martin Howrylak.  Let's deny him the chance to live on our tax dollars.

VOTE FOR INTEGRITY...and clean campaigning.
VOTE FOR MARY KERWIN -- State Representative. 

28 comments:

  1. We have to take in on Martin's word that his "letter" was in the envelope. We have no proof of that, so let's speculate about what was ACTUALLY in the envelope.

    I'll go first.

    Martin's single chest hair. It died from loneliness!

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  2. Oh, man...Martin must be losing big time if this is what he's sunk to doing.

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  3. Vote for kerwin and YES to recall Janice Daniels!

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  4. Wouldn't it be nice if Martin Howrylak would actually talk about his position on the issues? And specific plans for what he would do if he were elected? Oh, wait, he can't. And thus, the usual "October surprise".

    For a career politician, I expect more. But, with Martin Howrylak, all you get is less. I'll be voting for Mary Kerwin and so is the rest of my family.

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  5. So Kerwin's campaign was correct, Mary never received this. Maybe Martin should have sent it via a subpoena server? (sarcasm intended)
    Of course if he sincerely wanted a "clean campaign plege" why didn't he publicly announce it, and let Mary respond, in kind, publicly? Definitely a rat here and its name is Martin or Martin's campaign advisor.

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    1. >>Definitely a rat here and its name is Martin or Martin's campaign advisor.<<

      Either Martin did this, or someone associated with his campaign did.

      If Martin did not authorize this, and does not support this, then he needs to throw the guilty party under the bus, and make the appropriate apologies. Publicly.

      In the absence of this, the public will be left to guess just how many rats there are.

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  6. $6.40 well spent.

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    1. I agree! I love when someone does their own campaigning against themselves...Martin couldn't have come up with a better gift, I'd say.

      Go, Mary Kerwin!!!

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  7. But what's in the envelope? It could be Martin's "clean campaign pledge". OR.... it could be a stack of $100 bills with a friendly note from George Soros. WE MAY NEVER KNOW!

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    1. Maybe the remains of JImmy Hoffa were in the envelope???

      Only Martin Howrylak would be so stupid to flash this as "evidence". It only proves Mary Kerwin right, that she never received the envelope.

      What a dunderhead!

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  8. Patrice Rowbal, Kerwin Campaign Mgr.October 15, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Let me get this straight, Martin Howrylak makes an undelivered piece of mail the anchor of his sketchy October attack on Mary Kerwin, implying that her lack of response to his mailed "pledge" indicates an unwillingness to run a clean campaign.... The Kerwin Campaign has repeatedly questioned the piece of mail, as we had never received it, in any form. After being caught in his ruse, instead of letting the whole thing die, he produces the very evidence that it wasn't received??????? Are you kidding me? I don't know whether to be amused, disturbed, or grateful that he keeps projecting himself in a negative light. Stupefying. Really.

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    1. All Mary had to do was accept delivery and the Vince Foster murder would be solved! But no...

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    2. Patrice Rowbal, Kerwin Campaign Mgr.October 15, 2012 at 10:36 PM

      He further makes himself look foolish by saying Mary refused delivery, when his own evidence clearly says no one was home to accept delivery, rendering the mailing Undeliverable. That's a very different circumstance. But Marty doesn't tend to let reality get in the way of his fun and games.

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  9. Thanks for the links to the op-eds. Good job deleting Ms. Kerwin's address, that was the right thing to do. I too was raised properly, but the downside of that is that I can sometimes be a little naive. In answer to your question, I probably would have accepted the letter. Help me to understand why I shoudn't. Thanking you in advance for your help.

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    1. I find it entirely credible that Kerwin was not at home at the exact time when the mail person was delivering the mail on let's see, there are three attempts marked on the envelope, not even consecutive dates, 9/11, 9/19 and 9/26, geez, what if one had something regularly scheduled at the time one's mail is generally delivered, like a yoga class, for example. How many times have you been home this week when your mail was delivered? I'd check with the post office but there doesn't look to me like there is ANY indication on the envelope that it was "refused". FYI, I've been on the receiving end of a Certified Mail signature required envelope, the mailperson just can't leave it at the door, they just have to keep trying to deliver it in person.

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  10. Patrice Rowbal, Kerwin Campaign Mgr.October 15, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    John, Patrice Rowbal, Mary's campaign manager here.....there was no intent by Mary (or the campaign) to NOT accept the letter. In fact, we eagerly await the arrival of the mail to see what kind of endorsement or $$ arrives. That there was no one home when the certified letter delivery person showed up is certainly unfortunate, but maybe the fact that Mary and her team have knocked on OVER 16,000 doors since July has something to do with that---we are out in the community engaging with voters on a DAILY basis. The whole thing is just soooo ridiculous. (Subtitled: is that really all they've got??)

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    1. Ms. Patrice Rowbal, Thank you for providing this info about the Howrylak/Kerwin letter. However, that has nothing to do with my question for Sue. I asked her why I shouldn't accept an hypothetical letter in a similar situation. Hopefully Sue won't think that you have answered my question and will respond to me at her convenience.

      But since you opened Pandora's Box, I think both the Howrylak camp AND the Kerwin camp are making a big fuss over nothing. Is this the kind of trivial issue that they would be fighting over if elected and sent to Lansing instead of conducting serious business? If so, Heaven help us and I miss Marty Knollenberg already!

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    2. John, Martin's tactics have proven to be anything but honorable in the past. Knowing that, if I were in the hypothetical position of having that letter show up at my door, I would not accept it. It could only have been a trap. Martin has known Mary for years. He could easily have called her or delivered something obviously so valuable to him in person. That's what I meant, and that's my opinion. I speak only for myself -- I do not proclaim to know Mary Kerwin's thoughts on it.

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    3. Sue, thanks for indulging me. In retrospect, I think you intended your question to be rhetorical. I became intrigued because I used a lot of certified/registered mail in my business life so any concept of a trap never occurred to me(remember I said I can be naive at times).

      BTW, I got a chuckle out of the end of your comments where I thought you were being kind of cautious. I suspect you're used to playing "gottcha" with some of the bloggers. Rest assured, I don't play games.

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  11. Seriously, this man child needs to grow up and act like an adult if he wants to get elected. I know that Mary is not home alot and is out campaigning a majority of the time. Heck, I am home alot and still manage to miss deliveries that require signature. However, I would certainly never accept something from him or his dubious friends. There could be nothing good inside, so why bother?

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  12. I received the Howrylak robo call. It falsely accused Ms. Kerwin of negative campaigning, but I have seen no such thing from her campaign. Let me make this clear: the robo call itself was not "clean campaigning." It basically slandered her and Mr. Howrylak broke his own campaign pledge. It's very sad that this goes in Troy. We are so much better than this as a community. What bothers me is the reality that he probably has some other game up his sleeve. What's next?

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  13. So... Let me get this straight, after Mary Kerwin whines about Martin Howrylak missing Council Meetings and cries that he voted No 400 times, she cannot handle a Clean Election Pledge?

    What.. she can't take a clean punch? Maybe, she lacks the toughness and leadership to be effective in Lansing? Maybe, her days of petty squabbling and deception are over?

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    1. So you admit Howrylak took a punch, eh?

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    2. Anon: 9:29 AM Kerwin IS handling a Clean Election. Howrylak lobbed the heinous robo call. Not receiving a letter hardly qualifies as "refusal" to sign a clean campaign pledge. (Geez, no wonder he kept thinking there was money for the library when there wasn't; he has a skewed sense of reality, it seems.)

      If you are implying that it is an "attack" to point out his attendance and voting record, that seems a bit of a stretch. If she had mentioned that he has lived in his parent's basement up until recently and only just opened an office to do his CPA work this past spring (right in time to run for State Rep so he could look all small businessman-like!), that could qualify as attack-ish. But she didn't do that. She could have, but didn't. (I believe Deb DeBacker did that, tho; Republicans in Troy are sure a scrappy, mean-spirited group!) Yes, it seems Mary is running a clean campaign and she didn't even have to sign a pledge to do so! Fancy that. Yes, I'll take Mary's experience and proven integrity any day.

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    3. Martin is a slimy individual and I don't think he would know how to run a clean, ethical campaign if one fell in his lap. He doesn't get to dictate what is clean and what is not. He has no expertise in that area

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  14. Makes me wonder if one of the specifics of Howrylak's clean campaign pledge was "we agree not to bring up council meeting absence or tardiness records". As a voter, that info is entirely pertinent to me, I don't want my representative gone MIA even if it is tax season for a CPA, for instance. In one of my son's college classes, your grade drops for every absence after three absences, by that count with 60 absences, Howrylak should have flunked out of City Council long ago.

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  15. I am simply confused. Not by what happened but by why this happened. The oly logical explanation in my mind is the person or people that initiated this dubious act has too much time on their hands to come up withthe scheme AND (this is the really sad, sad part) is just plain devious, cruel and hateful.

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  16. This whole mailer thing only accomplished one thing for me...rather than just vote for Mary Kerwin as I was planning, I am now actively encouraging friends and family to do the same. It just served as a reminder of how bad it would be if he were my elected official.

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