Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Who is Martin Howrylak - candidate for Michigan State House?

Who is Marty Howrylak?
-by Sharon

OK, then let's try again. I think it is astonishing that Martin Howrylak, the most anti-tax politician I know, has gone in just a few years from a confirmed bachelor, living with parents and having apparently little income, to a married man, with a business that put up a shingle in the last few months and has moved out on his own.
And why has this amazing metamorphosis occurred? Why are we seeing his TV ads and receiving piles of his glossy fliers in the mail, filled with pictures of his wife?
Because this anti-tax, anti-public sector politician is begging us to support his little family with our taxes.
Amazing.










18 comments:

  1. Does Martin remind anybody else of Frank Burns from M*A*S*H? He just seems like a weasel-faced fink to me.

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  2. I'm not a Howrylak supporter, but this post is a bit over the top. You don't need to delve into a candidates personal life, unless that life involves criminal, immoral or unethical acts, to discredit the candidate.
    His record stands on it's own; research will confirm he has long been a member of the Libertarian Party (since his UM days), he did miss many council meetings (a check of the agendas for the missed meetings might indicate why he chose not to be there; no vote means no record on the issue), he was a supporter of misleading library ballot strategy, he clearly pays little taxes and he campaigns on slogans and soundbites. I appreciate Ms. Kerwin's op-ed, she expressed an understanding of and willingness to address real issues.
    Name calling, dragging a wife into the fray and discussing his living arrangements are not needed. Seems like something the Mayor does. Stick to the facts, they're on your side

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    1. Agreed...I am in agreement with a lot of what is on this blog. Unfortunately, I don't see a real need to focus in on his personal life. His record as an elected official is plenty.

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    2. But his lack of experience as an adult, working, paying taxes, raising a family, owning a home, are certainly relevant. He has no normal adult experiences. How can he understand our issues?

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  3. So now you are going to say the other blog post never existed?
    Typical.
    You wrote it. I'm sure there are screen shots.

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    1. I'm the poster from 10:31 am; I can full well understand why the original post was made. Sharon, like many, is frustrated and angry at this whole Daniels/Howrylak/Gosselin/Clark side show. Sometimes it just gets the best you; but, the points she made (along with her frustrations) are valid.
      How refreshing to have someone who listens to others, actually agrees from time to time with the other side and is determined to right a wrong.
      While her apology for getting personal is correct, she should never feel she has to apologize for the righteous indignation she feels regarding the side show these folks have brought to Troy. She clearly is a decent human being. Unfortunately, the wonderful example she has set will not be emulated by the Mayor and her crew.

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  4. Nope, I'll say I regret going to far. Could have made my point in fewer and less obnoxious words. I apologize.

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  5. And yes, Janice, it's Japanese.

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  6. I'm primarily not voting for Howrylak because he does not reflect my point of view (I am a moderate who does not believe in tax cuts at any cost). But, secondarily, I do think it would be better for him to devote time at this point in his life to his private sector career and new family life, who knows, it might make him move slightly more to the center. Also, he is so young he will have many other opportunities to run.

    Mary Kerwin I believe, will be a good choice to represent us. She is intelligent, articulate, experienced working with others and her primary aim will be to serve our district. Secondarily, she is at a more suitable point of life than Martin Howrylak to give this position her sole attention.

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    1. Just looking at each candidate's credentials shows a stark contrast in experience and a more rounded view of issues. Mary has been continuously engaged in charitable issues and has an understanding of special needs, etc. She has been on the school board which gives her an advantage in educational issues. Her numerous other involvements span the spectrum which she will be facing as House Representative. I don't see how there can be any doubt as to who is more qualified to represent ALL of us. Contrary, to what some may think and spew in blogs, Mary is fiscally conservative and a true leader.

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    2. Can you please tell me more about Mary's real BUSINESS experience? Charitable causes are great, but, what about real business issues, like finance,jobs, budgets, etc. What specifically has Mary done in that vein? Thanks in advance.

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    3. "Secondarily, she is at a more suitable point of life than Martin Howrylak to give this position her sole attention". Why? What 'position in life' makes you more qualified? The position that you are RETIRED?!?.. Might I point out that outgoing state rep Knollenberg did a fine job and he wasn't retired. he was fully engaged while still running at least 2 small businesses.

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    4. Sorry I don't believe the qualifications for serving in Legislature should be a CPA degree or even being an Allstate insurance agent (which is all I could find when I googled current state rep Knollenberg). I would think that body does well with a diversity of make-up in occupations and skill sets which is incidentlally closer to the vision of our Founding Fathers, for whom the vocation of "professional politician" did not exist. They were farmers, land-owners, lawyers, inventers, authors, rural, urban, etc., but all most definitely leaders in their community. Mary Kerwin more than exceeds the bar in that capacity. And certainly she has reviewed budgets as a city councilmember and school board member.

      And if you don't believe that being a PTO president, for example, doesn't entail leadership, diplomacy and working with other skills, just because it isn't a paid position, well, I can't help you.

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    5. And we sure know how Janice Daniels "business experience" benefited the latest city of Troy budget process. Zero, zip, no input from her quarter.

      The BEST candidate is one who has integrity and represents one's own values, and is smart enough to carry it through. For you, your value system is represented by Martin Howrylak, fine, end of discussion.

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  7. Agreed: you went too far on the spouse part on the post you pulled down. Good for you for recognizing it and pulling it off.

    Agreed: Martin's makeover is nauseating. This guy is a slimy, career politician.

    Eyerolling: That those who never took issue with his slimy tactics are acting like the fact that you noted the spouse factor is some egregious thing. Give me a break. The damage this politician and his cronies have done to this city is huge. They just don't get it. But they sure aren't ashamed to play the victim card.

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    1. You said it exactly right. Martin and his cronies have no remorse for their dirty politics. They would never admit they went too far. Sharon has shown fair play by admitting her mistake, but Martin would never do the same.

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  8. Wow ... thank you for that video on the bottom. This politician always struck me as rather odd and those remarks certainly confirm my impression. This poor guy needs to get a life. Go live a little. He does not represent the vast majority of people I enjoy having as neighbors and fellow parents here in Troy. Also, I keep trying to Google his work experience. Your observation about the smoke and mirrors about his business/overall persona seems painfully correct. I also see that he lifted Janice Daniels up as a qualified candidate for mayor. I don't need this guy making more of a mess than he already has here. Unfortunately, with that "R" behind his name, he's probably a lock for winning the election. I appreciate Mary Kerwin for at least trying.

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