RAKING IT IN: Aside from turning state Rep. Lisa Brown into a martyr for the left and particularly for abortion rights advocates, the West Bloomfield Democrat’s YouTube highlight reel-worthy comment on the state House floor earlier this month that drew so much attention — “I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no’” (SNAP!) — nationally and internationally will also likely have the following effect: Bringing in the moolah, which will be helpful in her campaign against Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds Bill Bullard, Jr. And it’s not necessarily Democrats saying that. One well-placed Republican (not Bullard) called House GOP leadership “idiotic” (a George Carlin-approved seven-letter word starting with “F” preceded “idiotic”) for giving Brown a fund-raising platform by censoring her over her remarks (or, as some in the GOP have said, lack of decorum on the state House floor). Brown has said there has been an uptick in campaign contributions, but said she didn’t know how much had poured into her warchest since her Wednesday, June 14 floor speech and the Thursday, June 15 rebuke from the GOP. “There’s a little of that going around,” said Oakland County Democratic Party Chairman Frank Houston. “The thing that’s been very impressive is the number of new donors and small donors starting to contribute to her. It’s a small phenomenon.”
WHOOPS: It appeared that over the weekend someone with access to Brown’s official Twitter account (@LisaBrown39, in case you were wondering) inadvertently posted the following message: “This Juwan Howard stuff is hilarious.” It’s not entirely clear what the tweet was referring to, but Brown is an alum of Michigan State University — the recent NBA champ and former University of Michigan Fab Five star’s archnemisis. Was someone on Brown’s staff (or Brown herself) perhaps watching for the first time the episode of Aaron Sorkin’s “The West Wing” Howard appeared in as a former Duke University hoopster who worked in the administration of Josiah Bartlett? Maybe it was Howard’s remark that he “might shed a tear” for LeBron James’ if King James won a title that was “hilarious?” We’re not sure. The message was taken down in less than 20 minutes, but don’t worry: Oakland Confidential has photographic proof of its (very short) existence. You can see it if you ask nicely.
A BRAVE NEW WORLD: Tell ya what, Oakland County commissioners may get some #TwitterTraining and tips on updating Facebook statuses in the near future. That’s because one GOP member of the county board inquired about it — perhaps for campaign purposes, we hear, but also perhaps failing to consider that Democrats would have to have access to the crash courses, too, if they wanted (fairness and, you know, the law) — and it sounds like some are going to take advantage. Be on the lookout for some commissioners coming soon to a computer screen near you in 140 characters are less. We hope none are #TwitterHoldOuts. C’mon. Please. #OaklandConfidentialNeedsThis. But word to the wise, y’all: DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, follow former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner. There are just certain things you can’t “unsee.”
MORE BIPARTISANSHIP! At least, that’s what we hear. The Oakland County Democratic Party held its 52nd annual Phillip A. Hart Dinner on Sunday, June 24, and not only were Oakland County Circuit Court Judges Leo Bowman, Denise Langford-Morris and Phyllis McMillen there (no big surprise), but so was one judge who contributes pretty solidly to GOP causes: Michael Warren (Circuit Court Judge Wendy Potts was reportedly not in attendance at the annual Democratic confab). Houston called Warren’s presence “a good display of bipartisanship” and “a nice sign of respect.” Does this mean that the county Democratic Party will back Warren with a formal endorsement? You’ll just have to hold your horses to get an answer to that one. We’re expecting to find out for sure on Tuesday, July 10, when the Donkeys are slated to release the names of the Circuit Court candidates they are getting behind.