GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — “To The Point” is taking a look at the outcome of Decision 2014 and what it means for you and government both locally and across the country.
Rep. Aric Nesbitt of Lawton chaired the Michigan Republican Party’s effort to elect members to the state House of representatives.
“I think the election came down to, really looking at it, is who is delivering real results in Michigan. They’ve seen the mess out in Washington, D.C. They see the dysfunction, not being able to pass budgets, increasing debate not being able to create good policy,” he said. “Compared to Michigan, where you’ve been seeing in the last four years real results being delivered by the governor and by the House Republican majority and by the Senate Republican majority, and you see that as a vote of confidence by the voters here in Michigan.”
In a rare moment of agreement between parties, Nesbitt’s counterpart in the Michigan Democratic Party also thinks there was a Washington overtone to the election cycle.
“It’s very difficult to overcome people’s perception of the president in power,” Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) said. “For better or for worse, this was a referendum in many ways against people’s feelings on Washington and the person in charge of Washington. And we’ve seen that in the last three midterm elections. We saw it in 2006 — there was an aggressive wave against President Bush at the time. In 2010, we saw the initial wave against President Obama that we didn’t think could get any worse. In 2014, it did.”
This Nov. 9, 2014 episode of “To The Point” looks back at Decision 2014.