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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Soros Eyes Secretaries - IMPORTANT

*CJ of CJ's Corner would like you all to read this and pass this information around...

We tend to think of elections in terms of presidents, governors, representatives, and senators while overlooking those who are running for other offices. Here's some info and a 'heads up; about a woman who would really like to become Michigan's next Secretary of State. I won't vote for her. Will you?

Please feel free to pass this on. The folks on your mailing list may not be on mine. ~Cj

P.S. To Frank: Thanks for pointing me in this direction.


The American Spectator : Soros Eyes Secretaries

Soros Eyes Secretaries
By Matthew Vadum on 12.4.09

History's most notorious Georgian-turned-Russian, the politically astute Joseph Stalin once remarked, "The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."

The lesson has not been lost on the increasingly notorious Hungarian-cum-American George Soros.

A group backed by Soros is gearing up to steal the 2012 election for President Obama and congressional Democrats by installing left-wing Democrats as secretaries of state across the nation. From such posts, secretaries of state can help tilt the electoral playing field.....

SoS Project is also endorsing Jocelyn Benson, candidate for secretary of state in Michigan, whom it lauds as an "[e]lection law scholar and community organizer."

Benson is a candidate ACORN would love. The bio SoS Project provides credits Benson with running a 2004 "voter protection campaign in 21 states, deploying 17,000 trained election law lawyers." Last year in Michigan, she helped to lead the fight to stop the Republican secretary of state "from disenfranchising voters who were victims of home foreclosures."

Assuming the desperately mismanaged Michigan continues to exist through Election Day next year, count on the desperately evil ACORN endorsing Benson.....


Jocelyn Benson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jocelyn F. Benson is an election law expert and educator from Michigan. She is currently a full time Assistant Professor of Law at Wayne State University Law School.

Education and Early Career
Benson graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College, where she founded the now-annual Women in American Political Activism conference and was the first student to be elected to serve in the governing body for the town of Wellesley, Massachusetts. She subsequently earned her Master's in Sociology as a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, conducting research into the sociological implications of white supremacy and neo-Nazism. She received her J.D. from Harvard University Law School, where she was a general editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.[1]

Prior to attending law school, Benson lived in Montgomery, Alabama, where she worked for the Southern Poverty Law Center as an investigative journalist, researching white supremacist and neo-Nazi organizations. Benson has also worked as a summer associate for voting rights and election law for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and as a legal assistant to Nina Totenberg at National Public Radio.[2]

Voter Protection and Election Law
During the 2004 Presidential election, Benson was hired to develop the first nationwide Election Protection program for the Democratic National Committee. Benson selected, recruited, and trained Voter Protection coordinators in 21 states. The program resulted in deployment of over 17,000 trained election law lawyers.[3] (for more background info on her education and early career, click on link below)

2010 Secretary of State candidacy
After receiving support for her proposals for early voting and no-reason absentee voting at the Michigan Democratic Party Convention [10] on February 21, 2009, Benson filed paperwork in March 2009, with the Secretary of State to create an exploratory committee for a campaign for Michigan Secretary of State in 2010.[5]

With the formation of the committee, Benson began a listening tour throughout the state to discuss what can be done to improve elections and the other functions of the Secretary of State’s office. [11] After spending several months gaining support in counties throughout the state, she made her official announcement to run for the Democratic nomination on October 6, 2009.[12] Notable supporters include the Oakland County Democratic party,[13] the Michigan affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers,[14] and George Soros's Secretary of State Project.[15].

Benson lives in Detroit, Michigan, with her husband, Ryan Friedrichs.

Ryan Friedrichs, Michigan State Coordinator, Center For Civic Participation, Minneapolis, MN 1313 5th Street Se 113
Minneapolis, MN 55414-4530

Ryan Friedrichs, Michigan State Coordinator Ryan has been working to mobilize and empower historically underrepresented voters for over 10 years. As a Michigan native and graduate of the University of Michigan, Ryan worked with the United Farm Workers and founded a nationally recognized community coalition called Voice Your Vote. In 2000, he helped found and served as National Field Director and then Executive Director for the Youth Vote Coalition, as well as served as national volunteer director for the coalition's partners, including MTV's Choose or Lose campaign.

Ryan attended Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. His master's thesis was a study for Michigan Democratic Party of cost effective young voter mobilization in Michigan's 2002 election.

At the Kennedy School Ryan also served as a research assistant to Al Franken and David King, and as a teaching assistant to Marshall Ganz.

Ryan worked for Senator Hillary Clinton's political teams at HillPac and Friends of Hillary, and co-founded and served in 2004 as Campaign Director for the Young Voter Alliance, a member of the national America Votes coalition. Following the election Ryan worked for Andy and Deborah Rappaport's Skyline Public Works foundation, leading a team of professors and consultants evaluating progressive young voter mobilization in 2004.

Ryan recently returned to Michigan and lives and works in Detroit. He is newly engaged to Jocelyn Benson, a professor of race and the law and election law at Wayne State University.

Ryan currently serves as the Coalition Coordinator of Progressive Michigan, a statewide coalition focused on mobilizing communities of color, young voters, new citizens and low income voters.


Progress Michigan Emmaisms: Jocelyn Benson: Excellent with elections

There are few of our rights that are considered more American – and fewer still that are as frequently tampered with – as that of our right to vote. Enter Jocelyn Benson, one of our country’s premier voices and tireless champions for voters’ rights, in Michigan and the rest of America.
A native of Pennsylvania, Benson is perhaps best known as a ruthlessly vocal advocate for voters’ rights and as an expert on secretary of state histories and job responsibility – not bad for the daughter of two middle income special education teachers. Growing up in Pittsburgh, Benson gained an early interest in social activism and community organizing, spurned by her parents’ idealistic commitment to education reform and teachers’ advocacy....


Political Leaders come out in support of Jocelyn Benson in D.C. Michigan Liberal

Fri Jul 17, 2009
(Get to know a bit about Jocelyn Benson, Democratic candidate for Secretary of State. - promoted by rich)

Over 100 D.C. insiders and Michigan politicos showed up at a fundraiser on Capitol Hill last night in a tremendous show of support for Jocelyn Benson's bid to be our next Secretary of State. Obama Administration officials, House and Senate staffers and top tier national political operatives opened up their checkbooks and gave her a ringing endorsement.

Although (yet another) excruciatingly long floor vote on healthcare reform kept our Members of Congress from showing up personally, our distinguished Michigan delegation including Reps. Peters, Conyers, Stupak, Cheeks-Kilpatrick and Schauer all sent delegates from their offices to express their support for Jocelyn's candidacy....


Benson's campaign website:


2010 Races Secretary of State Project


Republicans running for the seat are Calhoun County Clerk Anne Norlander, State Sens. Michelle McManus and Cameron Brown and State Rep. Paul Scott. (there may be more, but these are the names I found online)

A picture of Jocelyn Benson and the FLOTUS is on this site:

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Jocelyn Benson (D-ACORN, SEIU) announces run for MI Secretary of State
Just what we need. Mike Cox, our current attorney general, has made sure that voter ID laws are respected in Michigan, handing down an opinion last year that photo ID requirement is lawful in Michigan. This flew over like a turd in the banquet punch bowl with ACORN, the SEIU, and a whole host of other 'social justice' thugs. What to do? Get one of their own in as attorney general to dismantle every sensible law so that elections can be stolen. Simple as that. Enter Jocelyn Benson, who's storied history against any voter ID requirement is legendary. ACORN and the SEIU sing folk songs about her efforts in making voter fraud as widespread as possible.

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