GOP React on Ramsey Candidacy (From the Michigan Information and Research Service, Inc.) With reports this week that the father of JonBenet Ramsey is interested in running for the House, some Republicans are not welcoming him into the race with open arms. In fact one other GOP contender has called John Ramsey a carpetbagger. Craig Ryan who works for Rep. Ken Bradstreet (R-Gaylord) will announce his candidacy soon, but both he and his boss are not excited by the interest demonstrated by Ramsey in the Charlevoix district. Ryan says he first heard of the potential candidacy just after the first of the year when word reached him that Ramsey had formed an exploratory committee and was working groups in the district looking for potential support. Ramsey is a native of Michigan and has had a summer home in the resort town for years. He recently told two GOP campaign operatives that he felt he had something to offer the district given his experience in saving a business in Colorado. John Llwellyn, from the House GOP staff, met personally with Ramsey about 10 days ago in a Lansing office building. During the 20-minute interview also attended by staffer Al Mann, Ramsey expressed surprise when Llwellyn suggested that the murder of his daughter might become an issue in the race if he got in. Llwellyn advised Ramsey to think of his family first before getting into the contest. Bradstreet said when he meets with Ramsey, he will not encourage him to run and may even ask him not to run. Bradstreet is afraid of the media circus that might engulf the campaign and produce a primary based on the murder and not jobs, unemployment and related issues. Bradstreet said you could write a scenario with Ramsey in the race under which the Democrats may win the seat. Ryan agrees. While acknowledging that Ramsey is free to do whatever he wants, Ryan said he does not have enough experience to represent the voters in the 105th district and then he labeled his potential opponent a carpetbagger. Ramsey was born and raised in Michigan and recently registered to vote in the district and has obtained a Michigan driver's license. Gov. Jennifer Granholm, asked to comment on the developing story, said she did not know the Ramsey family had a home in Michigan, but this was something "for the other side of the aisle" to deal with.