. . . just ask Cliff Taylor. Or better yet, check out his campaign finance filings.
According to information collected by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, Taylor has raised more than $1.4 million this year, “setting a new record for a Michigan Supreme Court candidate’s campaign committee.”
The Michigan Republic Party takes the lead on a list of Taylor’s top contributors, followed by everyone else you’d expect: the Prince/Devos family, groups representing business concerns, restaurant operators, realtors, insurers, banks, the medical profession, and Dykema Gossett.
Meanwhile, the Michigan Democratic Party, staring hard at the Sept. 5 kickoff date for their state party convention, is still scrambling for a top court candidate to nominate and shower with money.
The party’s unfruitful search for someone to square off with Taylor has been well-reported, and has prompted Susan J. Demas, blogging in Capitol Chronicles, to suggest that the “obvious choice” has been in front of the Democrats all along. Check out her tongue-in-cheek suggestion that MDP Chair Mark Brewer should go for it.