Candidate Getting Considerable CU Backing In Mich.
Credit unions in this state aren't just getting behind the candidate at an unprecedented level; they're intertwined in his message.
The Michigan Credit Union League is backing Republican gubernatorial candidate David Bonior with mass
In turn, Bonior is pitching credit unions as a means of tackling issues related to low-income populations and has even
"Our governor's race is key for (Michigan credit unions) since we are undertaking the modernization of the
Adams said Bonior, who is currently a member of Congress, approached him early on during the campaign, saying
Long before the congressman announced his candidacy, it was clear to the MCUL that he supported the CU industry,
"He's been as good a friend as you can asked for in Congress," Adams said, explaining that he has fought to defend
Beyond Just Michigan
Patrick LaPine, MCUL's director of governmental affairs, noted that Bonior was chosen as the league's Federal
"He was a leader of the Michigan delegation and a strong supporter beyond Michigan," LaPine said.
Bonior was also chosen for the same award in 1992. In his campaign literature, Bonior calls himself a "fighter for
"As governor, I will work with the city to identify and eliminate unscrupulous check-cashing businesses and
During the most recent FOM struggle, Bonior made a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives,
"Love is a special word, one I use in reference to my spouse, my children, and my close friends," he said, later
The MCUL liked the story so much, its staff used it on an e-postcard urging credit union members to vote for
The league also had 100,000 statement stuffers printed in support of Bonior, and MCUL President Dave Adams has
"This is consistent with a very important election cycle," he said, noting that the league has a large political action
'In Sync With Values'
Adams said the league's support proves that political activism isn't about going for the front runner, rather going
Besides, he said, the league has little to lose in supporting Bonior. If Bonior doesn't win the primary, he said the
The league and its leader would like to help Bonior make the last days before the election count with a daylong
Unfortunately, Adams said, the event has been cancelled three times in a week because of Bonior's obligations in
"He represents a real opportunity to us," Adams said. "I want to be a part of it if I can."