New Report Details Michigan GOP in Disarray As Messy Primary Heats Up
A new report from Gongwer News Service is detailing how Michigan Republicans are panicked that their state party’s failures will ruin their chances in this year’s election, as the crowded GOP primary continues to get messier.
Gongwer reported that GOP insiders held an “intervention” conference call to discuss how “problems in state party operations were putting at risk the GOP’s 2022 election effort,” including concerns about staff turnover, a lack of funds, and division within the party.
This comes as James Craig’s floundering campaign, with his abysmal fundraising and failure to discuss any issues in Michigan, is leaving the primary wide open – even though the party insiders tried to rig the nomination for him. In fact, the organizer of the “intervention” call was John Engler, the treasurer of a PAC supporting Craig.
The Michigan GOP infighting is most apparent in the Republican primary for governor. Recently, a super PAC backing Tudor Dixon launched an attack ad slamming out-of-touch self-funder Kevin Rinke as “simply unelectable,” and Rinke will also be forced to duke it out with fellow millionaire and self-funder Perry Johnson.
Meanwhile, all the top GOP candidates for governor supported an illegal bridge blockade that was choking Michigan’s economy and have taken extreme positions on banning abortion.
“Top Michigan Republicans are sounding the alarm because they know the Republican primary for governor is a disaster, and it’s only going to get worse,” said DGA Deputy Communications Director Sam Newton. “While Republican insiders scramble to pick up the pieces of a deeply divided party, their candidates for governor are attacking one another and rushing to take extreme positions that hurt Michigan families.”