Friday, February 09, 2007

We're doomed

How can we democrats compete with the next generation of rising Republican stars? Check out this up-and-comer at the Michigan Federation of Young Republicans:
Mike Flory - Chairman

Mike Flory is truly one of the rising stars of GOP politics in America. He has been active at the grassroots level of politics and in leadership positions for over fifteen years.

Mike Flory served as State Chairman of the Michigan Federation of Teen Age Republicans from 1989 to 1991, a position which automatically made him an ex-officio member of the MFYR Board. After turning 18, he became a member of the MFYR Board of Directors and in 1995 was elected MFYR Co-Chairman, a position which he held for two terms. In 1999, Mike was elected State Chairman and is currently serving his second term.

Even at the national level, Mike has earned a great name for himself. In 1992, Mike was the youngest person to address the Republican National Convention live on national television from the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. He returned four years later to the 1996 Republican National Convention in San Diego, California, as Michigan's youngest delegate.

Education has always been one of Mike's top priorities. His undergraduate degrees are in nuclear power. He worked for two commercial nuclear power plants before attending law school. He has his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. During his law school career, Mike also served as President of the Wayne State University Law School Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy and he currently is a member of the Michigan Lawyer's Federalist Society Chapter.

Mike began private practice as an attorney in 1999 and founded Flory & Associates, PLLC, an elder law advocacy firm with offices in Okemos, Michigan and Jackson, Michigan. Mike currently lives in the East Lansing area.
With people like this charming newcomer, how can we ever hope to win the future elections. Flory is already a "notable" supporter of John McCain, according to Hotline and a leader in McCain's PAC and it seems obvious he's going to ride that Straight Talk Express right into a cabinet posi--Wait. What's that?
The chairman of a Michigan young Republican group has been accused of raping a 21-year-old woman while both were in Cleveland for a convention last July.

A Cuyahoga County grand jury returned a 17-count indictment Wednesday against Michael A. Flory, 32, including charges of rape, kidnapping, aggravated burglary, gross sexual imposition and witness intimidation.

Flory, who lives in the East Lansing area, is chairman of the Michigan Federation of Young Republicans, an organization for Republicans from age 18 to 40. He attended the convention of the National Federation of Young Republicans last summer.
What I find shocking isn't, after all, the number of Republicans who are sexual predators (that particular problem knows no party, I'm sure), but that there are so many holding Republican party leadership positions at the local and national levels. Add him to the list.


Blogger Jill said...

Mr. Welch - this is my first time visiting your blog and I reached it because of your post on Mr. Flory since I'm in Cleveland and noted the news as soon as it became public (see this post of mine).

From the quick research I've done, you've done quite a lot and I want to thank you.

Your post about this alleged incident gets it precisely right and all the folks who challenge its mention because they see it as only one person's behavior and with no connection to anyone else or anything else that has to do with Republicans or conservatives are gravely mistaken.

Thanks for writing and posting this entry. I wish you well.

7:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... - looks like Mike's off the slate and the new chairwoman of the Michigan Fedration of Young Republics is Alicia Ping. Strangely, the web address still has 'florey' in it. Anyhoo, I'm thinking Mike is stepping down so he can spend more time with his family.

Great reporting.

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know what I noticed in your biography of the hapless Mr. Flory? Despite all his Republican chops at a young age, he could only get into Wayne State Law School. That's a great school if you only plan to practice law in the state of Michigan, or you don't mind working a little harder after school to do well in a big city elsewhere. But for someone of his political ambitions, I'd expect U-M Law, at the least.

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Grand Ol' Perv Party, for sure.

6:11 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Yesterday, Flory made a plea deal- guilty to sexual battery. He will face sentencing on Sept. 13.

Read more here.

7:18 PM  

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