State rep campaign turns negative

Clarkston News Editor
The campaign to represent the 43rd District in the state house includes two Independence Township trustees, Jose Aliaga and Andrea Schroeder, vying for the Republican nomination.
The race has turned negative against Aliaga, who said he has received several personal attacks over the past few weeks.
“I’ve been getting attacks, questioning my loyalty to the United States,” Aliaga said.
A mailing from Schroeder’s campaign cites Aliaga’s campaign for office in his native country of Peru as part of the Partido Solidaridad Nacional, as well as fellow candidate Anthony Bartolotta of Waterford’s work with Waterford Democrats, with Schoeder being the “only real Republican for state representative in the 43rd District.”
Also, The Clarkston News received anonymously in the mail Aliaga’s work-performance records from his job with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
The records, which redact the candidate’s identity record numbers, bank account numbers, and other personal information, include unsatisfactory competencies reports from January 2017 to January 2018.
The performance stems from an overloaded system with not enough staff, using old computers designed to handle 400 clients, instead trying to help more than 900, Aliaga said.


None of the information indicates any inappropriate behavior or anything that would disqualify him from representing his district, he pointed out.
“This is my personal life – to think they would go that far, to send it to The Clarkston News,” he said. “I can’t recall anything like this.”
Schroeder said neither she nor her campaign sent the HHS information. However, she received a copy through email.
“I was disturbed by the contents, by what it says about his job performance,” she said. “It affects the sick and poor, those he was supposed to help. The state entrusted him to take care of vulnerable people.”
When you hold the public trust as an elected official, you should be held to a higher public standard, she said.
“Unsatisfactory job performance, not just once, but continually – it’s disappointing,” she added.
Her campaign mailing includes oppositional research available through a internet search, including a 2009 article in The Clarkston News.
“It’s information voters should know about candidates who want to be state representative,” she said. “People in the community know me. They see me in the community, not just when campaigning.”
Most of her campaign involves knocking on doors, talking to voters, and staying actively involved in the community, she said.
“The campaign is going very well. I’m very happy it’s not 100 degrees out or raining,” she said.
She is the only candidate with kids in the school district, and with experience with local government, community organizations, state regulatory agencies, and the school board, she said.
Aliaga said he has received several calls and emails from residents disgusted with the negative campaigning.
“I never attacked anybody. I work hard, knocking on doors,” he said. “This means I’m winning the election.”
The HHS mailing to the newspaper shows the “Lansing establishment” is against him, he said.
“The election is very much establishment versus the people,” he said. “I am a candidate of the people. I will deliver what I promise.”
He is a “real Republican,” having publicly supported Donald Trump’s campaign for president and his presidency since 2016.
“Whatever he promises, he does it. Whether you agree or disagree, he does it,” Aliaga said. “I go to different places and people ask, ‘why do you support him, you


’re Hispanic, and he hates Hispanics.’ That’s not true. He doesn’t want human trafficking, sex trafficking. He wants to secure the border. No country has an open border.”
As representative, he would support changing the way insurance companies set rates, no tax increases, more support for veterans, defend the Second Amendment, and more funds to fix the roads.
“I would insist on guarantees in road work contracts – five year guarantees,” he said.
A legal immigrant to the U.S., he would not support sanctuary cities in Michigan, Common Core in the schools, nor social changes in schools such as gender-neutral bathrooms.

Schroeder would work to continue job creation in professional areas and skilled trades started by Gov. Rick Snyder, adapt schools to prepare students for future jobs, promote diverse business sectors and increasing foreign investment, and make sure taxes are used wisely.
A letter to the editor in last week’s Clarkston News was signed by the rest of the Independence Township Board in support of Schroeder’s campaign.
“These are the people who know who would be best to do the job of governance,” said Schroeder, who also received endorsements from The Detroit News, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and Right to Life of Michigan.
“We all like Jose. He’s a personable guy,” she said. “Good luck to Jose. I wish him well. We have to serve together. We’ve had disagreements, but we serve well together.”
Aliaga also said they have had healthy disagreements on the board but work well together.
The 43rd District includes part of Oakland County, including part of Waterford Township, city of Lake Angelus, City of the Village of Clarkston, and Independence Township. Incumbent 43rd District Rep. Jim Tedder is running for the Michigan Senate, 12th District. The Michigan primary election is Aug. 7. The Republican and Democratic nominees will run for the Michigan House seat the general election on Nov. 6.

8 Responses to "State rep campaign turns negative"

  1. kelly orourke   July 12, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    I’m so sick of smear campaigns Andrea if you can’t win on your own merits maybe you shouldn’t run for office.

  2. Michael Powell   July 17, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Thanks Andrea Schroeder and the Clarkston News for educating voters about candidate Jose Aliaga’s “unsatisfactory job performance” regarding his state health and human services work. It’s troubling to see Mr. Aliaga and his supporters claiming that his “personal life” is private and that exposing his taxpayer funded work record is a “negative” attack on him, all while ignoring the fact that he’s applying for a job that will affect tens of thousands of people. If it’s standard operating procedure for employers to require job applicants to supply them with work records and past employment history, how could it possibly be “negative” to let voters know that a candidate has been given a “unsatisfactory job performance” by his employer? Especially if the employer is the state.

    Every voter should consider every election as an application for work and should want to know as much as possible about those who are applying for jobs that entail our tax dollars before we vote. We should all want to know if an applicants government work record has been deemed unsatisfactory or satisfactory so that we can vote accordingly.
    Which all leads to the obvious question voters should ask themselves Aug. 7 : “If a candidate for state representative isn’t satisfactorily helping 900 people, how can we expect them to satisfactorily help tens of thousands of people”?

  3. Jonathan Ettinger   July 18, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    So, Andrea Schroeder questions Aliaga’s loyalty and patriotism because of his ties to his home country of Peru, yet we’re expected to believe that she had nothing to do with the “anonymous” smear attack on his job performance? Does she really think voters are that gullible, that naive? Anyone can tell she’s conveniently telling only part of the story and would rather throw shade on Aliaga than have an open and honest discussion of issues. Even Mr. Powell’s encouragement of Schroeder reads like an obvious follow-up by the Schroeder campaign to pretend the pubic sides with her.

    Jim Tedder lied to the public to get elected. Now Andrea Schroeder is doing the same and hoping voters won’t notice. She not only shouldn’t be elected to Lansing, but Independence Township should reconsider having her on the board as well. A campaign of allegations instead of answers is the campaign of someone desperate to fool the public and climb the political ladder.

    She should not be rewarded.

    • Michael Powell   July 24, 2018 at 12:57 pm

      I’ve never been associated with Andrea Schroeder or her campaign, so the accusation that my comment is “a obvious follow-up” to “pretend the public sides with her” is blatantly false. My comments are mine, and mine alone.

      Of course we all know that truthful accusations can’t be a “Smear campaign” simply because “smear campaigns” are a plan to discredit a public figure by making false or dubious accusations, and has nothing to do with truthful accusations. Every accusation I’ve seen so far has been truthful.

      I challenge Mr Ettinger to provide the public with proof that Mr. Aliaga’s MDHHS work records are false and lie about his work performance in any way.

      Voters should ask themselves this…Had Jose Aliaga not failed but had won a seat on the Peruvian Congress in 2011 would he be here today?

  4. Jonathan Ettinger   July 28, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Mr. Powell, if that really is your name, please be careful. Your burning pants might catch your straw men on fire.

    I didn’t say Mr. Aliaga didn’t have *a* negative review. However, Ms. Schroeder misrepresents her ill-gotten information as being indicative of his whole work history and you repeat the same. Do you have his positive reviews? Of course you don’t, because those are personal employment records and no one has given them to you the way Schroeder is handing out the other one.

    You’re selling, but who’s buying? Not the honest people. Not the decent people who know where to draw a line instead of “win at all costs”.

    What would have happened if Mr. Aliaga had won in 2011? I don’t know. What would have happened if you drowned in your bathtub? I don’t know. You see how stupid that is? Empty speculation is pointless. You obviously can’t come up with good points for Ms. Schroeder, so you’re stuck with digging and picking at anything you can to smear Mr. Aliaga. God help you in your future choices. We, the good people, will be praying for you.

  5. Neighbor   August 1, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Schroeder has been my neighbor (a 2 minute walk) for over 20 years…she has not ONCE stopped at our doorstep, nor has she even acknowledged our existence to even say hello or to let me know what she plans to do for our community. Jose has came by multiple times to just say hi, give us a hug, and has been respectful. He also informed us of his future actions for the community. I endorse Jose.

  6. Jane doe   August 8, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    I’m disappointed in the results of the election. And shame on the smearing campaign .

  7. Dr. Matt Malinowski   August 30, 2018 at 4:28 am

    Jose is my friend. I voted for Jose. Jose lost. Me sad. Hot dog.


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