Someone claiming to be “Ben Padnos” with the email address is sending out anti-Pete Hoekstra emails and linking to a YouTube video regarding the Congressman’s vote on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) from 2008.

While I don’t support Hoekstra’s Gubernatorial campaign, I am absolutely not connected to those efforts — it’s someone using my name and involvement in the website to spread his or her own anti-Hoekstra opinion.

Hoekstra’s campaign has already said my efforts are in some connection to his opponent, Rick Synder and, according to a source, recently called me as a “Yob lackey” (referring to Synder’s political consultant/adviser John Yob). “Yob is using the Padnos blog and e-mail address to do his dirty work”, a Hoekstra campaign staffer wrote to my source.

My efforts with are in no connection to Synder, or any of the other candidates for that matter. While I’m sure I don’t have a lot of fans in the Pete Hoekstra campaign/staff, they are just dead wrong on this point.

And by the way, I’m sure both TARP (supported by President George W. Bush) and President Obama’s stimulus package could have been done much better, but I believe the government had to take action to avoid us from falling into a deeper global financial panic. So I would not criticize Hoekstra for supporting TARP.

The email is posted below. It did not come from me:


From: Ben Padnos <>
Date: Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 3:38 PM
Subject: Hoekstra Defends TARP Vote

I thought you might be interested in this video of Pete Hoekstra defending his controversial vote in favor of the Government bailout program, better known as TARP:

If he’s willing to vote for this wasteful government program, I wonder how he voted on the “Bridge to Nowhere?”

Ben Padnos

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