December 17, 2017

RCNMC Calls on Countywide Officials to Demand Marrocco File His Ethics Disclosure

Also Files Complaints against Clerk Carmella Sabaugh, Treasurer Derek Miller and Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco for violating Macomb County Ethics Ordinance by campaigning on public property

The Republican Committee of Northern Macomb County (RCNMC) is calling on Macomb Countywide officials to demand that Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Tony Marrocco file his ethics disclosure required by the Macomb County Ethics Ordinace.  Three weeks ago, the Candice Miller campaign called on Marrocco to file the disclosure required by a 2011 Macomb County ethics ordinance.  Marrocco has yet to file his disclosure even though he was required to file it four years ago and is currently the only countywide official who has not filed the disclosure.

It’s important that Macomb residents know that their elected officials aren’t putting their own personal profits ahead of the voters,  Marrocco has violated the ethics ordinance for four years by not filing and disclosing his personal financial information to voters.  Candice Miller was right to call on him to do this three weeks ago and the Macomb County elected officials who endorsed Marrocco last week should also demand that Marrocco follow the law.  The public has a right to know.

Yesterday, the RCNMC also submitted an ethics violation complaint against County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh, County Treasurer Derek Miller and Marrocco for attending a political event last week supporting Marrocco’s candidacy on county property in violation of the county ethics ordinance.

Our elected officials should be held to the same standard as everyone else and the county ethics ordinance is clear,  Section 3.6 of the Ordinance states in part… “Sec. 3.6. Inappropriate Use of County Time and Property for Political Activity. Public Servants are prohibited from engaging in political campaign activities or using County property while performing official duties…”

It is clear that the county ordinance requires the filing of the disclosure by Marrocco and prohibits the holding of what Marrocco titled a “photo opportunity” where other Democrat countywide officials announced their endorsement of Marrocco’s re-election campaign.  It is time for the County Ethics Board to do their job and enforce the ethics ordinance,

Voters have a right to know that Anthony Marrocco isn’t running his business and his campaign out of his county office building.  Marrocco should file his ethics disclosure and all the Democrats who attended his “photo op” should demand he does that.  It’s time that Macomb County government cleaned up its act.

The below links have detailed information on the Ethics Ordinance complaint:

RCNMC Opposes Proposal 1. Vote No on May 5.

prop-1At the March 30, 2015 meeting of the RCNMC General Membership, a resolution was unanimously passed in opposition to Proposal 15-1 which will be voted on May 5, 2015.

Click this link to see the language of the proposal.

Discussion focused on the resistance to a tax increase of any kind, much less one of this magnitude.  No justification could be found in favor of the tax when, in the opinion of the RCNMC, all options have not been exhausted to find ways to get money to pay for fixing the roads.

The full text of the resolution can be found here.

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has done extensive analysis on the various aspects of Proposal 1.  The graphic below summarizes the various taxes to be levied and the distribution of funds if Proposal 1 passes.

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Governor Snyder has repeatedly told voters there is no Plan B.  However, the RCNMC’s stance was further solidified as RCNMC member and State Representative Peter Lucido described in depth an option he has presented to pay for road funding from the interest accumulated from the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Fund.  Again, this option would use interest earned from the fund and leave the principal alone to pay for its intended purpose.

To find out more about Representative Lucido’s option, see the debate he participated in on Fox 2 News’ Let It Rip program.  The debate can be seen in the below video (you have to get through the first few minutes of commercials):

Fox 2 News Headlines

If you wish to demonstrate your opposition to the proposal, a “Protest Against Proposal 1” rally is being held on Wednesday, April 15 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. in front of the Troy, MI City Hall building located at 500 W. Big Beaver Rd. in Troy, MI.

Click Here for a Flyer for the Protest Event.

Additional Information about Proposal 1 can be found at:

RCNMC 2014 Membership Drive

With a new year comes new opportunities.

The RCNMC will once again be looking to spur informative action to support electing Republicans in the North Macomb County area in 2014.  Check back to the website (www.rcnmc.com) for updates on events and informational forums that will be coming.

In the meantime, we are starting our membership drive for 2014.  The past few years have seen record numbers of dues paying members for the organization, a trend we want to continue in a critical election year.

If you can join and help our efforts, it would be greatly appreciated.  Please click the link below for our membership form which lists our membership rates.

Click Here for a Membership Form

Have a great holiday season and we’ll see you in 2014.

Rob Montilla
Chairman, RCNMC

2012 RCNMC Awards

At the November 2012 RCNMC meeting, the following recipients were recognized with end of year awards:

Michelle Trosper

RCNMC Member of the Year

For outstanding dedication and service to the RCNMC as recognized by the RCNMC Officers
Award-Trosper

 

County Commissioner Don Brown

RCNMC Chairman’s Award

For commitment in promoting the RCNMC and its objectives as recognized by the Chairman:
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Silla Tomasi

RCNMC Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognizing extended achievement in promoting Republicans and Conservative values
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RCNMC 2012 Endorsements

The RCNMC makes the following endorsements for the General Election on November 6, 2012:

  • President of the United States: Mitt Romney
  • U.S. Senate: Pete Hoekstra
  • U.S. Representative District 10: Candice Miller
  • State Representative District 24: Anthony Forlini
  • State Representative District 30: Jeff Farrington
  • State Representative District 32: Andrea LaFontaine
  • State Representative District 33: Ken Goike
  • State Representative District 36: Pete Lund
  • County Commission District 6: James Carabelli
  • County Commission District 7: Don Brown
  • County Commission District 8: Kathy Vosburg
  • County Commission District 9: Juliana Sabatini
  • County Commission District 13: Joe Sabatini
  • Bruce Township Clerk: Susan Brockmann  **added**
  • Bruce Township Trustee: Mark Falker
  • Bruce Township Trustee: Paul Okiniewski
  • Chesterfield Township Clerk: Cindy Berry
  • Chesterfield Township Treasurer: Kathy Elliott
  • Chesterfield Township Trustee: David Joseph
  • Chesterfield Township Trustee: Henry Anderson
  • Chesterfield Township Trustee: Cyndi Gagleard
  • Ray Township Treasurer: Doug Stier
  • Richmond Township Trustee: Christoper DeVos
  • Chippewa Valley School Board: Grace Caporuscio
  • Romeo Community Schools: Lee Verbouw  **added**

 

RCNMC Ballot Proposal Recommendations

The RCNMC makes the following recommendations on the ballot proposals that will be presented to Michigan voters on November 6:

Proposal 1: Referendum on the Emergency Manager Law
Vote YES

Proposal 2: The ‘Collective Bargaining’ Amendment
Vote NO

Proposal 3: ’25 x 25′ Renewable Energy Standard
Vote NO

Proposal 4: The Unionization of Home-Based Caregivers
Vote NO

Proposal 5: The Two-Thirds Majority Tax Limitation
Vote NO

Proposal 6: The International Bridge/Tunnel Voting Requirement
Vote NO

 

Ballot Proposal Resources:

Victory Through Unity – Now is the Time for the GOP in Macomb County to Pull Together

Rob Montilla

RCNMC Chair
Rob Montilla

The Primary Elections are over and we Republicans now know who our candidates will be to take on the Democrats in November.  For many municipal races, the primary winners will run unopposed so they are guaranteed victory – congratulations to all.

However, as every election has winners, every election also has candidates that didn’t make it across the finish line.  In Northern Macomb County, we had some grueling and sometimes nasty primary races that left candidates and their supporters with bitter feelings.  This certainly is not unusual for hotly contested races.

But now that the primary election is past, it is time to put aside our past divisions and focus on the general election.  This is where all of us as Republicans need to be united as the biggest objective now is to remove Barack Obama from the Presidency.

The Republicans have a great ticket with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.  They are going to bring ideas and solutions to the national discussion about how to restore our country’s greatness.  It is our job to put Macomb County in the win column for them.  Every Republican in the county must be committed to this goal.

History will not care about the divisions faced in some of our local races or who emerged as a power broker from a county convention.  History will care about who we elect as our next President of the United States.  And history will care whether we lost our Constitutional Republic or if we won it back.

Our goal is clear: elect Mitt Romney as the next President of the United State and Pete Hoekstra as the next U.S. Senator for Michigan.  This will not be easy and every one of us will have put in extra effort to make this happen.

What we do not want is to wake up on the morning of November 7, the day after election day, and find out that Barack Obama won and then question whether we could have done something more.

I look forward to standing side-by-side with you as we fight for victory in November.

Rob Montilla,
Chairman, Republican Committee of Northern Macomb County

RCNMC Fall County Convention Walkthrough

The Fall 2012 Macomb County Republican Convention is on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.  The event will be held at the Palazzo Grande located at 54660 Van Dyke in Shelby Township, Michigan.

The purpose of this county convention will be the election of delegates and alternates from Macomb County that will go to the State Convention, held on September 7-8, 2012 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The RCNMC has prepared a Convention Walkthrough guide that will provide information on how the convention will be conducted.  This guide includes rules and other documentation for the convention as provided by the Michigan Republican Party.

If you are a first time Precinct Delegate (congratulations!!) or are unfamiliar with the convention process, please check out the guide so you can be prepared going in to the event.

Click Here to See the County Convention Walkthrough

 

For your connivence we have also created a one page sample agenda.

Macomb County Fall Convention Quick Sheet copy

2012 Macomb County GOP Primary Candidate Guide

The RCNMC has compiled a candidate guide for Republican candidates for the August 7 primary for ALL of Macomb County.  This guide will provide a variety of information so you can be as informed as possible before heading to the polls.

A questionnaire was sent to all candidates with over 60 returning with answers as to why they are the best candidate for their role.  In addition the RCNMC is working on adding videos and aggregated web links for the candidates.

Click the links below to find the candidate profiles.  Check frequently as we will continue to add information straight through until the primary.

Federal

State

County

Municipal

RCNMC Crosses 100 Member Milestone!

RCNMCAt the May Meeting/Candidate Meet-and-Greet, the RCNMC added five new members giving our group a total of 101 dues paying members.

In the past 16 months, the RCNMC’s membership has quadrupled, showing the increased interest in the Northern Macomb Area for helping Republicans get elected to office.

With five months left before the general election, the RCNMC continues onward to the next membership goal of 150 dues paying members.