Recently the political race for the State Representative of the 106th District heats up between current State Representative Cam Cavitt and his opponent State Rep. Candidate Todd Smallenberg. However, there has been a recent controversy over State Rep. Cam Cavitt being awarded a STAR PAC by Representative Bergman.
Todd Smallenberg stated, “Congressman Jack Bergman of the 1st District up here in Northern Michigan has a political action committee called “STAR PAC” and the mission states to encourage and support veterans to run for office, that have conservative values and the constitution. His PAC gave $5,000 to Cam Cavitt who is not a Veteran.”
The STAR PAC mission statement notes that about three decades ago about 77% of congress has military experience, now it’s less than 20% who have military experience. The STAR PAC was designed to try and change that statistic.
When reaching out to the current State Representative Cam Cavitt, Rep. Bergman’s Spokesman James Hogge said, “Cam has been a fierce supporter and advocate for Veterans and Veteran causes and he’s worked to get strong conservatives elected across Northeast Michigan for years. Cam is now fighting for our Northeast Michigan Veterans in Lansing, and will continue to do so in the years ahead.”
During the interview candidate Todd Smallenberg had a few words for Cam Cavitt. He said, “You know what Cam, I’ve told you from the get go I wouldn’t make it personal but you decided to make it personal when you lied about me and then you used Veterans as pawns.” Todd adds, “So now Cam you’re on my radar, just as I’m on Jack Bergman’s hit list Cam, now you’re on mine because I’m going to beat you, I’m going to beat you soundly and I’m going to replace you and send you home. But in the meantime, do the right thing and give the money back.”
In a direct response to Todd Smallenberg and his claims, Spokeman James Hogge said, “It’s ironic really – if being a Veteran was the sole reason to support a candidate, Cam shouldn’t be getting recalled for his entirely ceremonial vote for a Marine Veteran for Michigan Speaker. There has always been a route for strong allies of Veteran causes to receive the General’s Support.”