Just because there is, in general, lousy newspaper coverage of the Democratic primary race in the 24th District doesn't mean that people are not paying attention. Some people are paying a great deal of attention.
Earlier this month, someone outside the Tytler for Congress campaign let us know that Bruce Tytler filled in the incorrect congressional district on one of the documents sent to the Federal Election Commission as a part of his initial filing (though on other documents, Tytler was correct in identifying this district as the 24th). Now, a mysterious anonymous writer has alerted us to the fact that Bruce Tytler also failed to fill in line 9 on Form 2 for the FEC in that initial filing (Gripping stuff, isn't it?)
Form 2 is the Statement of Candidacy. Line 9 is the declaration of intent to expend personal funds in excess of the threshold amount (I know, I know, hold back your excitement). The FEC has sent a letter to Bruce Tytler letting him know that he has until March 13 to send a completed version of Form 2, including line 9, which can include simply the number 0.00, which is probably what Tytler intended to communicate by leaving the line blank in the first place.
Now, I understand that we need to have competent candidates for Congress. However, I hardly think that leaving a line in a piece of paperwork blank instead of writing in a zero should be a disqualification for office. Having a top-notch i-dotter and t-crosser to run for Congress is not by any sane person's measure the most important issue in this Democratic primary. Competence will be much better judged by each candidate's ability to articulate an appropriate policy agenda and organize supporters to facilitate the communication of that agenda across the district.
Those who believe that these little matters are what really count might also want to start trailing the three serious Democratic candidates to check if their shoes are tied. The rest of us will be paying attention to substance.
To that end, I'll be meeting with Tytler's campaign this week to get a better idea of the kind of campaign they intend to run. I'll also do my darndest to attend a talk being given by Les Roberts this coming Thursday before the Lansing Democrats, at 7:00 PM in the Lansing Community Center.