Overcoming the Democrats Lost Decade and Protecting our Come Back!
When Democrat Governor Jennifer Granholm and her administration took over in 2003, the unemployment rate was 6.6%. During her administration, over 700,000 jobs left Michigan, and the unemployment rate soared to 14.6%. When Republican leaders took over, the fight began to save the residents of Michigan. Over 500,000 jobs have now been created, and the unemployment rate is at it’s lowest since 2000 (4.2%).
Democrat Governor Jennifer Granholm made a name for herself during her reign. She will always be remembered as the ‘Governor that could not balance a budget’. During her two terms, she allowed two government shutdowns, failing the residents of Michigan. The Republican leadership took over in 2011, and are still trying to figure out why it was so hard for her and her administration to pass a balanced budget on time. Governor Snyder has balanced and passed approved budgets 7 years in a row. Not only did he do this, but he and his Republican majority House and Senate, have done this before the deadline. There has never been a thought of government shutdown under the Republican run government since the Lost Decade.
During Democrat Governor Granholm’s two terms, the personal income of Michigan residents plummeted. The state’s rank dropped from 18th in the U.S. in the year 2000, to 38th in 2009. The per capita income drop was fourth worst in the country, and one of the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Since 2011, Republican leadership has increased the per capita GDP by 9.67%. Michigan’s ranking has improved to 13th highest state economy in the nation. Since Republican leadership took over in 2011, the per capita GDP has been on a consistent climb, and over 52,000 people have moved into the state. Confidence in the state is bringing new jobs, and constant growth is helping all of the residents.
It is quite clear that the leadership of the Democrat Party is not beneficial to the residents of Michigan. We are trying to Protect the Come Back to ensure Michigan continues to excel, and the residents are working and able to strive. Join us in the fight! Become a volunteer, and/or donate today!
Bingo Remains Potent Dem Fundraising Tool
After word was released that the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) would be paying the Federal Election Commission (FED) a $500,000 fine for shoddy bingo fundraising bookkeeping practices, the party asserted that the fundraising was a practice of former chair MarkBREWER, and was stopped once new leadership -- namely, LonJOHNSON-- began running the party (See"Bungled Bingo Bookkeeping Practices New Dems A $500,000 Fine,"6/9/17).
But that may not be exactly true.
Instead, an investigation byMIRSindicates that the bingo games have been instead spun off to political organizations closely linked to MDP and headed by prominent Democratic officials.
And the organizations, including the Philip A. Hart Democratic Club, Oakland County Democratic Party, and the Macomb County Democratic Committee, have racked up numerous state charitable gaming violations in recent years, while continuing to feed money to MDP from the events in the form of rent and supplies.
The organizations received license suspensions and probationary periods for the violations, which were made under the watch of a future state representative, municipal officials, county party chairs and a member of the Board of State Canvassers.
Because while bingo games held under MDP may have ended -- it appears they or another Democratic organization may still own the hall it held them in.
Johnson assumed leadership of the party in February 2013, but until at least July of that year, JimKADJANwas listed on the party's website as "manager of our two bingo halls." Those are the Green Acres Bingo Hall in Warren and the Metro Garfield Bingo Hall in Clinton Township. Kadjan has worked as the executive director of the 12th Congressional District Democrats and on multiple campaigns. He's been with the party since 1989.
The Metro Garfield hall has since closed, but Green Acres remains open and active. This month, the hall has held 12 sessions a week between the Democratic Executive Committee of Oakland County, Philip A. Hart Democratic Club and the Macomb County Democratic Committee, according to the monthly publicationBingo Bugle. Those are the only organizations the hall hosts.
Kadjan is still manager of Green Acres as of November 2016, according to state filings. He, the Hart club and the Macomb County Democratic Committee, all share the same mailing address in Mt. Clemens.
Between 2004 and 2015, MDP received payments to its accounts under variations of "bingo hall rent" on a weekly basis, totaling about $1.67 million. About $380,000 came from the Hart club, $468,000 from Macomb and about $608,000 from Oakland.
After September 2014, MDP stopped receiving rental payments. Now rent is paid to the Oakland County Democratic Party and Green Acres itself. The county organization has received about $100,000 in rent this past election cycle, while the hall itself has been paid about $150,000 since the end of 2015. Green Acres never received any payments before this time, according to FEC data.
MIRScould not verify who owns Green Acres now. An employee at the hall hung up onMIRSwhen asking for information for this story.
The Philip A. Hart Democratic Club was founded in 2010. It now possesses six large bingo licenses from the state's Charitable Gaming Division and has a checkered history. JulieMATUZAK, the former Democratic chair of the Board of State Canvassers, now heads the organization. Under her watch in 2016, the club received a three-week suspension and two years of probation on four of its licenses.
"The errors indicated that the chairperson and the principal officer of the organization didn't maintain full responsibility and to ensure full accountability for the licensed event and the funds derived from it," said JeffHOLYFIELD, spokesperson for the Michigan Lottery. "In an agreement with the Charitable Gaming Division, the licensee acknowledged the violations and provided information about the circumstances involved with them. The licensee also agreed to the three-week suspensions, the probationary period, to accurately complete and submit all forms, and other measures."
The Lottery said worker pay records were incomplete, as were electronic forms and the chairperson had failed to sign worker service records "on more than 20 occasions."
In September 2014, under the leadership of former Rep. FredMILLER, the club had violations that resulted in a year's probation. In that notice, there were improperly calculated forms, checks without descriptions, incorrectly calculated jackpots and exceeded prize limits, among other issues. On the next disclosure, now-Rep. BillSOWERBY(D-Clinton Twp.) was listed as the club's principal officer.
The Macomb County Democratic Committee also had a one-week suspension and a year's probation for similar violations in September 2016.
When asked to comment onMIRS' findings, a spokesperson representing MDP said, "we're not going to have anyone available to comment on this, but feel free to refer to the previous statement from MDP." The party's chair, BrandonDILLON, and numerous other Democratic Party officials also did not return a call requesting comment.
The statement released by MDP maintains their previous account (See"Bungled Bingo Bookkeeping Practices Net Dems A 500,000 Fine,"6/9/17).
"We take our reporting requirements very seriously, and we promptly stopped all bingo fundraising activity over three years ago," the statement reads, in part. "As our agreement with the FEC states, the previous party leadership voluntarily brought this issue to the FEC's attention, and we have cooperated fully with the Commission at each step of this process."
Now it seems local organizations are reaping the winnings instead.
Chairman Weiser congratulates GOP leadership for 7 for 7 budgets
MRP Chairman Weiser congratulates GOP leadership for 7 for 7 Budgets
LANSING, Mich., June 22, 2017 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser issued the following statement today following the passage of the Michigan FY 2018 budget:
“I applaud Governor Snyder and our legislative leaders, Speaker Tom Leonard and Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, for going 7 for 7 on passing a balanced budget far in advance of the deadline.
“Michigan, under Republican leadership, is the Comeback State. We have experienced tremendous growth, we are creating a business-friendly environment so that more people can choose to live and work here. Passing a balanced budget, ahead of schedule, demonstrates our Republican leaders’ commitment to continuing our Comeback. I, along with a grateful state, thank Governor Snyder and our legislature for their ongoing efforts to make Michigan the greatest state in the nation to live, work, and raise a family.”
MRP Chairman Ron Weiser Statement on Larsen Nomination
MRP Statement on Larsen Nomination
LANSING, Mich., May 8, 2017 –Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser issued the following statement regarding Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen’s nomination to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals:
“I congratulate Justice Larsen on this well-deserved nomination, and applaud President Trump for his selection. Justice Larsen, a Rule-of-Law jurist, has served our state with distinction and will continue to make Michigan proud as a federal judge. Justice Larsen’s commitment to the Constitution and applying laws as written make her an excellent nominee and I look forward to her swift confirmation by the U.S. Senate.”
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MRP Chairman Ron Weiser Statement on Senate Confirmation of Judge Gorsuch
LANSING, Mich., April 7, 2017 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser released the following statement on the Senate confirmation of Neil Gorsuch as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court:
“I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Justice Gorsuch on his Senate confirmation to serve as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Last year, President Trump promised to nominate a conservative, rule-of-law judge with impeccable qualifications to serve on our nation’s highest court, and he delivered on that promise. Throughout the confirmation process, not even the staunchest liberal Democrats questioned Justice Gorsuch’s credentials, experience or qualifications, including receiving the highest possible ratings form the American Bar Association on his ability to serve. Nevertheless, partisan obstructionists like Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters used unprecedented and extremist measures in a vain attempt to block this incredible jurist from taking his rightful place on the Supreme Court.
“I commend the Republican Senate leadership for taking responsible action to confirm Justice Gorsuch and turn back the Democratic temper tantrum that made a mockery out of this solemn duty. Citizens across Michigan wanted Justice Gorsuch on our nation’s highest court because of his allegiance to our Constitution and to the rule of law. President Trump and Senate Republicans delivered on this nomination and confirmation, and once again the Senate Democrats, including Stabenow and Peters, struck out. The winners in this process are the U.S. Constitution and the American people."
Senator Stabenow Chooses Political Allegiance over Michigan Residents
LANSING, Mich., March 28, 2017 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser blasted Senator Debbie Stabenow today after news broke that Senator Stabenow will not vote to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch.
The Detroit News reported today that Senator Stabenow will attempt to block Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation in the Senate, and if she cannot, she will vote against his confirmation.
“Senator Stabenow, with her announcement today that she will not vote to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, is demonstrating that partisan politics are more important to her than the constituents that she was elected to represent,” Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser said today. “In an attempt to be in lock-step with liberal Democrats like Senator Chuck Schumer, Senator Stabenow also said that she will try to block an up or down vote in the Senate.”
“Senator Stabenow voted to confirm Judge Gorsuch in 2006,” Weiser continued. “There is no reason, beyond political partisanship, for her to deny Judge Gorsuch confirmation now. Judge Gorsuch is an exceptional judge, a decent human being, and is absolutely qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. It is time for Senator Stabenow to put people above politics and confirm Judge Gorsuch.”
MRP Statement on Gorsuch Hearing
LANSING, Mich., March 21, 2017 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser issued the following statement regarding Judge Neil Gorsuch’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee:
“Judge Neil Gorsuch demonstrated to America today that he is ready, willing, and absolutely qualified to serve on the nation’s highest court. He is a principled, Rule-of-Law jurist who has committed and demonstrated that his role as a judge is not to make laws, but to ensure that they are upheld as written. Despite political posturing by Democrats, Judge Gorsuch deserves to be confirmed.
“Senators Stabenow and Peters have no reason to stall an up or down vote on Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation. Senator Stabenow voted once to confirm Judge Gorsuch, and she should do so again.”
MRP Statement on President Trump’s visit to Michigan
LANSING, Mich., March 15, 2017 –Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser issued the following statement on President Trump’s visit to Michigan:
“It was great to have President Trump in Michigan today. The President has been working to fulfill every commitment he made to the American people, including bringing jobs back to our country. He is working to understand the challenges that our businesses face, and working to get the government out of the way of their success. The President is working to repeal and replace Obamacare and has nominated a constitutionalist in Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy left on the Supreme Court by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. I thank the President for coming to Michigan, listening to Michigan workers, Michigan companies, and committing once again to them that he will be their advocate in Washington.”
MRP Calls on Stabenow, Democrats to Denounce Rep. Richmond’s Comments
LANSING, Mich., March 3, 2017 – Michigan Republican Party Chief of Staff Colleen Pero, and Communications Director Sarah Anderson, issued the following statements calling on Democrats to denounce the offensive comments made by Representative Cedric Richmond, D-Louisiana:
“Representative Richmond’s comments were reprehensible,” Chief of Staff Colleen Pero said. “This behavior toward women is unacceptable and Rep. Richmond should apologize. Considering that March is Women’s History Month, it seems we should have our members of Congress working to build women up, not demean them.”
“Democrats and Republicans alike should be appalled by this behavior,” said Communications Director Sarah Anderson. “Democrats must join Republicans in calling for an immediate apology. Senator Stabenow, Michigan is watching you. Will you stay on the side of partisan politics? Or will you stand up for all women, regardless of party, in calling out these offensive comments?”
MRP Chairman Weiser announces Chief of Staff, Colleen Pero
LANSING, Mich., March 2, 2017 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser announced today the hiring of Colleen Pero as the Chief of Staff for the Michigan Republican Party.
“Colleen will be an invaluable asset to the Michigan Republican Party and will help lead our team to victory in 2018,” Chairman Weiser said. “Colleen’s political, government, and campaign experience coupled with her commitment to our Party make her an exceptional choice to lead our team.”
Pero has worked on a variety of campaigns including serving as the National Deputy Political Director for Lamar Alexander for President, Executive Director for Michigan Bush/Quayle campaign, the American Justice Partnership, senior positions under former Governor John Engler and in the Michigan Senate, and is the former Chair of State Board of Canvassers.
Pero began her political work with the House Republican Campaign Committee and has volunteered for the Republican Party in Texas, Tennessee, Florida and in Michigan.
“I am honored to come home to the MIGOP to work with an outstanding Chairman and first-rate team,” Pero said. “We are going to build on the tremendous success of 2016 and make sure that our Republican candidates have the infrastructure and resources to be equally successful in 2018.”
Pero most recently served as Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Pero is also an attorney, having served as the General Counsel to the Lamar Alexander for President Campaign, as well an attorney for Dickinson, Wright in Lansing, and Winstead McGuire, Sechrest & Minick in Houston.
Chairman Weiser Statement on President Trump’s speech to Congress
DETROIT, Mich., Feb. 28, 2017 – Following President Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress this evening, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser made the following statement:
“Tonight, President Donald J. Trump gave the American people his vision for a greater America. Our President has been aggressively working to fulfill his commitments to our country, and he is off to a great start. President Trump has a plan to bring jobs back to our country, including jobs right here in Michigan. He has fulfilled his commitment to nominate a Rule-of-Law Supreme Court Justice in the mold of the late Justice Scalia. He is working to solve the problems that face America, and he is putting our nation’s security first. It is time that Democrats, including Senator Stabenow, stop obstructing, start leading, and give President Trump’s agenda a chance.”
MRP hosts 4th Annual Black History Month Awards and Banquet in Detroit
DETROIT, Mich., Feb. 23, 2016 – Last night, the Michigan Republican Party hosted their 4th Annual Black History Month Awards and Banquet Ceremony at the St. Regis Hotel in Detroit. The event featured keynote speaker Gianno Caldwell, President and Founder of Caldwell Strategic Consulting.
“We join the nation in celebrating Black History Month, honoring the contributions African Americans have made to our state and our country,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser. “We celebrate as not only a salute to the past, but as a bridge to the future. The Republican Party has more work to do in engaging African American voters, and I am happy to honor those who have worked to that end.”
The event honored Sonjalita Hulbert, the recipient of the Grassroots Leadership Award, Donald Snider, the recipient of the Community Leadership Award, Pastor Ken Hampton, the recipient of Faith in Leadership award, as well as a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award for the late Paul Welday.
“Our Party believes in hope and opportunity for all,” Weiser continued. “The Michigan Republican Party has had a year-round office in Detroit for more than 3 years in hopes of keeping an open line of communication with the voters of Detroit. We will continue to engage African Americans in a dialogue about how we can better work together, and how we can continue to grow Republican presence in areas that typically have not supported our candidates.”
MRP Chairman Statement on Senator Peters meeting with Judge Gorsuch
LANSING, Mich., February 16, 2017 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser issued the following statement today regarding Michigan Senator Gary Peters’ meeting with President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch:
“President Donald Trump was elected by the American people in large part to bring a mainstream conservative jurist to the Supreme Court of the United States. Yet, 15 days have passed since Judge Neil Gorsuch was nominated and Senator Peters has yet to commit to supporting an up-or-down vote in the full Senate. The voters of Michigan have spoken, and Senator Peters should respect the will of the people. I urge Senator Peters to stand with Michiganders, not Chuck Schumer, by supporting an up-or-down vote on Gorsuch in the full Senate.”
Ron Weiser Unanimously Elected Chairman of Michigan GOP
New Vice Chairs elected to MIGOP leadership
LANSING, Mich., February 11, 2017 – Michigan Republicans from across the state gathered today at the Lansing Center to unanimously elect Ron Weiser as Chairman and Amanda Van Essen-Wirth as Co-Chair of the Michigan Republican Party.
“We had a tremendously successful 2016, and we have our work cut out for us for 2018,” Chairman Ron Weiser said. "I am confident that with the right strategy, tactics, and resources, we will continue to be successful, will win in 2018, and will make sure that Michigan stays on the Comeback track.”
Weiser, who emphasized Party unity in his convention speech, previously served as Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party in the 2010 cycle, overseeing record gains for Republicans across Michigan.
Michigan Republicans also elected new leadership in the Vice Chair positions. The following individuals were elected:
- Administrative Vice Chair: Gerry Hildenbrand
- Coalitions Vice Chair: Kevin Tatulyan
- Ethnic Vice Chair: Terris Todd
- Grassroots Vice Chair: Mark Gurley
- Outreach Vice Chair: Benjamin Soltis
- Youth Vice Chair: Michael Banerian
Stabenow: Do Your Job
LANSING, Mich., January 31, 2017 – Michigan Republican Party Co-Chair Jeff Sakwa today called on U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow to show up to work, stop obstructing, and do her job following her refusal to show up for her committee hearing this morning.
“Debbie Stabenow was elected to represent all Michiganders, not just the Democrats,” Michigan Republican Party Co-Chair Jeff Sakwa said. “Throwing a temper tantrum by not showing up for her committee hearing to delay important votes from taking place is obstructionist and ridiculous. President Trump won and his nominees should get a vote out of committee and on the Senate floor.”
Michigan Republican Party Statement on Governor Snyder’s 7th State of the State Address
LANSING, MI, Jan. 17, 2017 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement today following Governor Snyder’s 7th State of the State Address:
“Governor Snyder’s leadership continues to make Michigan the Comeback State. Governor Snyder’s plans will further our successes in education, infrastructure, and our economy. He continues to push for a solid foundation for Michigan, a foundation on which every citizen of this great state can stand firm and plan for a brighter future.
“Governor Snyder will continue driving Michigan forward. His focus is on making Michigan the best place to live, work, and raise a family, and ensuring that all Michiganders have a pathway to success.”
Ronna Romney McDaniel Comments on the Education Secretary Confirmation Hearing for Betsy DeVos
LANSING, MI, Jan. 17, 2017 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel made the following comments regarding Betsy DeVos’ hearing in front of the Senate Education Committee:
“It is very clear that Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos is a qualified and a bold choice who puts the needs of students and parents first. DeVos’ past support for public education and parental school choice and her record of accomplishment is outstanding,” stated Chairman McDaniel. “Her career has been spent advocating for putting students first, standing up to the status quo that allows too many kids to fall through the cracks, and advocating for disadvantaged children. I am proud to support Betsy DeVos’ confirmation and I hope the Senate will move quickly to fulfill this appointment.”
Call for Kildee to Bring Transparency to His Taxpayer Funded Gubernatorial Campaign
Kildee Travels Outside His District Trying to Raise Money and Media But Refuses to File Required Paperwork
LANSING, MI, Jan. 17, 2017 – Michigan Republican Party Co-Chair Jeff Sakwa blasted Congressman Dan Kildee for refusing to file his paperwork despite his obvious run for Governor. Congressman Kildee will appear outside his district in Lansing talking to media and meeting with potential supporters.
“If Dan Kildee is going to run for Governor, he should file the proper paperwork. Instead of lecturing others, Kildee should disclose to taxpayers that he Is running for Governor with THEIR funds,” stated Michigan Republican Party Co-Chair Jeff Sakwa. “Kildee should disclose to families that he is not doing his job in his district but looking for his next job in Lansing. But this is not a surprise since career politician Dan Kildee is always looking for his next job.”
Michigan Republican Party Statement on Gretchen Whitmer running for Gov.
LANSING, Mich., Jan. 3, 2017 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement today regarding news that Gretchen Whitmer has filed to run for Governor of Michigan:
“If we needed further evidence that career politician Gretchen Whitmer’s brief stint in the Ingham County Prosecutor’s office was anything more than an attempt to grab a headline, here it is. Whitmer didn’t even wait a week after leaving her temp job to file for Governor.
“Gretchen Whitmer would be a disastrous return to the unsuccessful policies of the Granholm era where jobs and families were fleeing our state and unemployment skyrocketed. Whitmer, a staunch Granholm ally while in the legislature, would be a step backward for our state. Michigan is looking forward to a brighter future and Gretchen Whitmer would be a flashback to the failed past.”
Michigan Republican Party statement on Obama’s failed foreign policy
LANSING, Mich., Dec. 29, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Co-Chair Jeff Sakwa issued the following statement today regarding President Obama’s failed policies in regards to Israel:
“Once again, we have seen firsthand outgoing President Barack Obama’s disdain for Israel and her democracy being attacked. When Israel most needed their friend and ally, the United States turned its back, abstaining from a United Nations vote that leaves our friend vulnerable to attack. Coupled with the horrible Iran deal, we can see why it is so important that our President-elect Donald J. Trump won this election to avoid the continued disastrous Obama-Kerry foreign policy which has forged better relations with Iran and Cuba than Israel. We continue to get calls from Democrats, some Jewish and some not, who want to jump ship and support our friend Israel as part of the Republican Party.”
Michigan Recount is Over; Victory for Michigan Taxpayers
Judge Goldsmith Lifts TRO
LANSING, Mich., Dec. 7, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel praised a federal decision lifting the Temporary Restraining Order from the Michigan Recount. The federal decision coupled with the Michigan Court of Appeals decision and the Board of Canvassers directive to the Michigan Elections Director to end the 1% recount makes this recount officially over.
Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement:
“This is a victory for the taxpayers and voters of Michigan who can be assured that their vote will count when the state’s electors meet on December 19th. The courts have affirmed the stance the campaign has maintained from day one: Jill Stein, who received only 1.07% of the vote in Michigan, is not legally entitled to hijack the will of voters and drag them into an arduous and expensive publicity stunt. Jill Stein’s 1% temper tantrum cost Michigan taxpayers millions of dollars and would have cost them additional millions of dollars if not for the actions of President-elect Trump, the Michigan Republican Party, and Attorney General Bill Schuette.”
Enough Already - End this Wasteful 1% Taxpayer Funded Recount
LANSING, Mich., Dec. 7, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel applauded the Michigan Board of Canvassers who voted to direct Michigan Director of Elections Chris Thomas to end the recount if Judge Goldsmith lifts his temporary restraining order continuing the Michigan recount. Yesterday, a unanimous Court of Appeals panel ordered the Board of Canvassers by writ of mandamus to reject Jill Stein’s recount petition.
“Enough is enough. The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled. The Michigan Board of Canvassers voted. It’s time to end this wasteful 1% taxpayer-funded recount,” stated MRP Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel.
This morning, arguments were heard by Judge Goldsmith in Michigan’s Eastern District. Yesterday, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals made clear, in their ruling, that “If, subsequently, the Michigan courts determine that Plaintiffs’ recount is improper under Michigan state law for any reason, we expect the district court to entertain any properly filed motions to dissolve or modify its order in this case.”
Michigan Republican Party Response to Court Rulings
LANSING, Mich., Dec. 6, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement regarding the rulings of the Michigan Court of Appeals and the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals:
“This is a win for Michigan taxpayers. The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in our favor, determining that the petition for recount filed by Dr. Jill Stein should have been denied. Dr. Stein is not an aggrieved candidate as she has no chance of winning the election in Michigan.”
The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals made clear, in their ruling, that “If, subsequently, the Michigan courts determine that Plaintiffs’ recount is improper under Michigan state law for any reason, we expect the district court to entertain any properly filed motions to dissolve or modify its order in this case.”
Michigan Republican Party Filing Appeal with U.S. 6th Circuit Court
LANSING, Mich., Dec. 5, 2016 – The Michigan Republican Party today filed a Notice of Appeal with the Eastern District Court of Michigan, the first step in appealing to the United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Michigan law lays out a clear and fair process that is well established in statute and precedent.
“This is a Michigan issue, and should be handled by the Michigan court system,” Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel said. “Michigan courts should decide Michigan election law.”
The appeal will focus on arguments for abstention of the federal court, as well as laches, arguing that Jill Stein waited until the last possible moment to file a petition for recount, and thus, cannot ask the court to enjoin.
“Jill Stein’s lack of planning should not constitute emergency action of Michigan taxpayers and clerks,” McDaniel continued. “This recount is a waste of time, energy, and Michigan taxpayer dollars and should be stopped immediately. We hope that when the Michigan Court of Appeals hears our case tomorrow, they will stop this unnecessary recount.”
The Michigan Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments for tomorrow, December 6, 2016, at 4:00 pm.
Michiganders looking to get involved should visit migop.org/recount.
MRP Response to Federal Ruling
LANSING, Mich., Dec. 5, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement regarding the federal ruling that Michigan’s recount must begin today:
“We are outraged that Jill Stein is trying to use the courts to change the outcome of the Michigan election. Michigan had a fair and legal election, and all votes were counted and certified by the Board of Canvassers. Jill Stein does not have any proof of tampering or fraud and has said she does not expect the outcome of the election to change.
“Michigan law is very clear on our statutory right to object and the timeline that follows. We are exploring every possible avenue available to us and still believe that this recount is an incredible waste of Michigan taxpayers' money. This judicial opinion throws our process into chaos when our law provides for an orderly procedure.
“We will vigorously pursue any and all options available to us to overturn this ruling and to end this recount.”
Michiganders looking to get involved should visit migop.org/recount.
1% Stein Asks for Overturn of State Recount Statute Because of Her Delay in Filing for Recount
Stein Lack of Preparation Causing Her to Ask for Emergency Overturn of State Recount Law in Wasteful, Unnecessary Recount
LANSING, Mich., Dec. 4, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel blasted a last-minute, deceptive effort by Jill Stein to attempt to overturn state law because of her delay in filing a petition for recount. McDaniel cited Michigan statute, which clearly provides two business days after a petition decision by the Board of Canvassers. McDaniel noted that Stein, a Massachusetts resident, is forcing Michigan taxpayers to subsidize her 1% recount with millions of dollars, even though she knows she won’t change the outcome, has produced no evidence of fraud or mistake, and recognizes the possibility that her pointless recount could jeopardize Michigan electors’ role in the electoral college and the will of the Michigan voter.
Chairman Romney McDaniel issued the following statement:
“Jill Stein’s lack of preparation is becoming everyone else’s cost and emergency. Donald Trump won Michigan. Jill Stein is trying to call our results into question, throwing human error, fraud, and chaos into our process at a cost of millions of dollars to our taxpayers. The Michigan Republican Party will continue to fight on behalf of Michigan taxpayers to end this worthless recount which will cost Michigan taxpayers millions.”
Michiganders looking to get involved should visit migop.org/recount.
Thousands of Voters Call on Hillary to Object to Stein’s Temper Tantrum
Petition signatures being sent to Clinton Campaign
LANSING, Mich., Dec. 3, 2016 – The Michigan Republican Party today sent the Hillary Clinton campaign in Michigan 6,933 signatures of concerned voters, calling on the Clinton campaign to object to the frivolous and ridiculous recount petition filed by Jill Stein.
“Michigan taxpayers are being taken for a very expensive and unnecessary ride by the Stein campaign,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel. “It is time for Clinton and the rest of the Democrats to speak up, and speak out, about this ridiculous waste of taxpayer dollars.”
The Michigan Republican Party started a petition last week, calling on the Clinton campaign to object to the recount petition filed by Michigan’s fourth place Presidential candidate, Jill Stein. Within days, thousands of concerned citizens signed the online petition.
“This is not a partisan issue,” McDaniel continued. “Michigan voters deserve better than this incredible waste of money and time. It is time that the Democrats join Republicans in calling for an end to this wasteful and ridiculous recount.”
Michiganders looking to get involved should visit migop.org/recount.
Fate of Stein’s 1% Multi-Million Taxpayer-Funded Recount Uncertain
Board of Canvassers Deadlocks
LANSING, Mich., Dec. 2, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement regarding the deadlock vote of the Board of Canvassers:
“It is clear that Stein’s 1% multi-million taxpayer funded recount should not move forward. We will weigh all of our options to help protect the will of the Michigan voters and taxpayer funds that would be wasted in this reckless effort. Stein is not an aggrieved candidate, she cannot possibly win, and she is putting the participation of every single Michigan voter in jeopardy, for no reason, at an exorbitant cost to the Michigan taxpayers.
“Michigan Democrats now have ownership over the millions of taxpayer funds that will be wasted on this recount,” McDaniel said. “The Democrats, represented by 2 members of the Board of Canvassers, voted to continue this sham. Donald Trump, Michigan Republicans are the only ones fighting for the Michigan taxpayers. The Democrats should immediately join us in calling for an end to the recount.”
Hillary Clinton has until Wednesday to submit an objection to the Stein campaign’s petition for recount, but has stayed silent on the issue.
Michiganders looking to get involved should visit migop.org/recount.
Trump Campaign Files Objection to Multi-Million Dollar Taxpayer-Funded 1% Recount
LANSING, Mich., Dec. 1, 2016 – Michigan Republican Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel blasted the Stein campaign, citing the objection filed with the Board of Canvassers challenging the ridiculous petition for recount which will cost taxpayers millions of dollars but not change the outcome of the election to anything different than Donald Trump winning Michigan and Jill Stein coming in fourth place by a margin of more than 2.2 million votes.
“Jill Stein’s 1% temper tantrum cannot go unchecked,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel. “Stein is not an aggrieved candidate, she cannot possibly win, and she is putting the participation of every single Michigan voter in jeopardy, for no reason, at an exorbitant cost to the Michigan taxpayers.”
The objection, filed by attorneys representing the Michigan Republican Party and the Trump campaign, noted that Michigan law requires a candidate to be “aggrieved” to be able to file for a recount, and cites Stein cannot claim to be an aggrieved candidate as she came 4th place with only 1.07% of the vote. The objection argues that because Stein hasn’t cited an injury to redress, and she cannot possibly win, Stein is not an aggrieved candidate.
The objection also cites Michigan statute, case law, and precedence including a transcript from a November 2006 Board of Canvassers meeting where the Director of Elections, Chris Thomas, rejected on behalf of the Board of Canvassers a recount petition submitted by Green Party Candidate Lynn Meadows. Thomas reported the Board rejected the petition because, the candidate did not challenge the vote in “enough precincts to actually affect the outcome of the election.” Board of State Canvassers Hearing Transcript, November 27, 2006, pp. 1-2.
Meadows ran for Michigan Secretary of State against incumbent Terri Lynn Land in the November 2006 election. Meadows received 70,218 votes (1.89%) to Land’s 2,089,864 (56.15%) which would have required Meadows to receive an additional 2,019,646 votes in a recount. Stein’s margin to recover is larger. Stein only received 51,463 (1.07%) to Trump’s 2,279,543 (47.5%), requiring Stein to gain 2,228,080 in a recount effort.
The objection cites rulings on the aggrieved issue from other jurisdictions as well.
The objection also claims that Stein waited until “minutes before the deadline, making a recount impossible under state and federal guidelines” despite being able to file much earlier. The objection states Stein is calling for the longer hand recount to ensure a recount would not be finished by the required federal and state deadline of December 13.
The objection also states that Stein’s recount petition was not validly notarized, and therefore, is invalid. Stein’s petition was notarized in Massachusetts and left out critical requirements. Per Michigan law, the flaw in the notarization should cause the recount petition to be rejected.
The Board of Canvassers will address the complaint tomorrow at their scheduled meeting.
Michiganders looking to get involved should visit migop.org/recount.
Another Day, Another $5 Million for the 1% Recount
Michigan Secretary of State Tells Michigan Voters Recount Costs Will Now Be $5 Million
LANSING, Mich., Nov. 30, 2016 – Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson estimated today that the recount asked for by Jill Stein will cost upwards of $5 million, $4 million of which will be passed on to Michigan taxpayers. Estimates for the recount have skyrocketed from less than $1 million to $5 million in the last 3 days, and are likely to continue to increase as clerks and local governments start compiling the astronomical associated costs. The recount was requested by Jill Stein, who received 1.07% of Michigan’s presidential vote, and who has acknowledged that there is no evidence of fraud or wrongdoing, and that the results of the election will not change.
“Jill Stein’s taxpayer funded temper tantrum will waste millions and will not change anything regarding the Presidential election,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel. “Jill Stein should withdraw her request immediately, and Michigan Democrats should join in our call for her to do so,” McDaniel continued. “We can all agree that Michiganders tax dollars should go to something that matters, not to a burdensome and costly endeavor that will have no bearing on the outcome of the election.”
Stein filed her petition for recount with the Michigan Secretary of State today with less than one hour before the filing deadline.
The Board of Canvassers certified the November 8, 2016 election results on Monday at 2:00 pm, certifying Donald J. Trump receiving 2,279,543 votes and Jill Stein receiving 51,463.
Michiganders looking to get involved should visit migop.org/recount.
Stein Officially Asks for Multi-Million Dollar Recount after Receiving 1.07% of the Vote
Jill Stein Makes 1% Temper Tantrum Official
LANSING, Mich., Nov. 30, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel blasted Green Party Candidate Jill Stein for asking for a statewide recount, which will cost Michigan taxpayers millions of dollars, despite only getting 1.07 percent of the presidential vote in Michigan’s November 8 election. Stein and her attorneys have acknowledged there is no evidence of fraud or impropriety, and they don’t expect the results to change.
“The filing by Jill Stein is a reckless attempt to undermine the will of Michigan voters. Jill Stein made her 1% temper tantrum official and will waste millions of Michigan taxpayers’ dollars, and has acknowledged that the recount will not change anything regarding the Presidential election,” stated McDaniel.
Yesterday, Chairman Romney McDaniel held a conference call where MRP Legal Counsel Eric Doster explained how the cost of this recount would be “eye-popping” and could top more than $12 million.
“I can’t imagine the cost could be any less for a statewide recount than a statewide election,” Eric Doster said. “And that’s a one-day event, a statewide election. This is going to go a lot longer than one day, folks.”
The Board of Canvassers certified the November 8, election results on Monday at 2:00 pm, certifying Donald J. Trump as receiving 2,279,543 votes and Jill Stein receiving 51,463. Jill Stein’s campaign waited to file a recount until the last possible hour today.
“Jill Stein has no chance of winning the Michigan election and she knows it,” McDaniel continued. “Stein also knows that there is no chance that she will flip enough votes to change the results of the election in Michigan. Shame on Jill Stein for throwing this taxpayer-funded temper tantrum, and shame on Democrats for not insisting that this ridiculous petition for a recount end immediately.”
Michiganders looking to get involved should visit migop.org/recount.
McDaniel to Democrats: “Every Single Democrat Should Accept the Results of the Election.”
LANSING, Mich., Nov. 29, 2016 – Michigan Republican Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel blasted the suggested Green Party recount and demanded that every Democrat publicly accept the results of the election in Michigan and oppose a recount. President-Elect Donald J. Trump won Michigan on November 8, 2016 by 10,704 votes. There is no precedent for a statewide recount in Michigan overturning 1,000 votes—much less 10,000 votes.
“Democrats need to publicly accept the results of this election. Donald Trump won Michigan by a significant margin and Green Party officials and Democrats admit there is no fraud or impropriety and this will not change the results,” McDaniel said. “The unwillingness to accept the outcome undermines the will of Michigan voters and the election process. It’s nothing more than a fundraising scam. I am calling on every Democrat elected official to oppose this wasteful, insulting recount,” continued McDaniel.
Democrat attorney Mark Brewer, who was hired by the Stein campaign to run the Michigan recount, admitted to media that the recount was not about changing the election results. “The argument that this ensures the integrity of the election is bogus,” McDaniel said. “This frivolous recount undermines the election process and Democrats should demand that the Stein campaign drop this sham immediately.”
Michiganders looking to get involved should visit migop.org/recount.
Board of Canvassers Affirms Michigan Voters Choice of Trump
Certification of Vote Shows Trump wins Michigan by Significant Margin
LANSING, Mich., Nov. 28, 2016 – The Michigan Board of Canvassers certified the election results from November 8, 2016 declaring Donald J. Trump officially the winner of the Presidential election in Michigan by a margin of 10,704 votes. According to the Michigan Secretary of State’s office, Donald Trump received 2,279,543 votes, Hillary Clinton received 2,268,839 votes and Green Party candidate Jill Stein received only 51,463 votes.
“The voters in Michigan have spoken and Donald Trump has officially won”, stated MRP Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel. “It is time for all to accept the results of this election and the will of the Michigan voters.”
Last week, there were several reports that Green Party Candidate Jill Stein might seek a recount of Michigan votes, despite the wide margin by which President-Elect Trump won Michigan.
“There is no reason for a recount. It is a waste of time and disrespectful to all Michigan voters,” stated McDaniel. “There is no possible way Dr. Stein can win and she admits there is no evidence of fraud. It is time to move forward. Hillary Clinton should denounce this reckless recount and accept the outcome of the election like she hoped others would had she won.”
The Michigan Republican Party is committed to ensuring the November 8, 2016 election results will be upheld. For more information on how to help in those efforts, go to: migop.org/recount
Ronna Romney McDaniel Statement About Potential Recount in Michigan
LANSING, Mich., Nov. 26 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman, Ronna Romney McDaniel, issued the following statement regarding a potential recount in Michigan:
"On November 8th, Michigan voters went to the polls, cast their ballots, and Donald Trump won Michigan. Despite no evidence of election tampering or hacking, and being 2.2 million votes behind Donald Trump, Green Party candidate Jill Stein appears to be going forward with a challenge to the Michigan election results. The Michigan Republican Party has been in touch with the Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign, and we are prepared to recruit volunteers, train them, and monitor all recount efforts to ensure that it is done in a fair and legal way.
"We are confident that the results will uphold what Michigan voters decided on Election Day: Donald Trump won Michigan and is the President-elect of the United States."
The Michigan Republican Party is urging people to get involved by donating what they can and signing up to volunteer for the potential recount at migop.org/recount.
MRP Statement on Statewide Education Board results
LANSING, Mich., Nov. 9 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Wednesday released the following statement regarding the results of Michigan’s statewide education board elections:
“Congratulations to Tom McMillin, Nikki Snyder, Ron Weiser, Dan Kelly, and Dr. Michael Busuito on their elections to the State Board of Education, University of Michigan Regents, Michigan State University Board of Trustees, and Wayne State University Board of Governors. This was a great win for Michigan families and taxpayers, as these leaders will work to improve our education system while fighting to reign in out-of-control tuition increases. Our children are the future leaders of our state, and they’ll be better prepared for that task thanks to the positive reforms these leaders will bring to our universities and public schools.”
MRP Statement on Michigan Presidential Election Result
LANSING, Mich., Nov. 9 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Wednesday released the following statement regarding the results of Michigan’s Presidential Election:
“Michiganders sent a clear message today that they want to see change in the Oval Office. They’re tired of the same kind of corruption and failed policies we’ve seen from politicians like Hillary Clinton for the last 30 years. Donald Trump has presented a common-sense plan to keep jobs in Michigan and keep our country safe. His win today sends a clear message that not only is Michigan in play in Presidential Elections, but that candidates have to speak to our issues if they want to win here.”
MRP Statement on Justice Larsen and Viviano’s elections
LANSING, Mich., Nov. 8 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday released the following statement regarding Justices Joan Larsen and David Viviano’s elections:
“Michigan’s Supreme Court will continue to be the best state Supreme Court in the nation thanks to Rule-of-Law Justices like David Viviano and Joan Larsen. The current court has done a tremendous job on behalf of our state, both in their rulings and through their work to lead the lower courts. Their efforts to increase efficiency in the court systems helps taxpayers, and their advocacy on behalf of specialty courts creates more opportunities to turn offenders into contributing members of society. The results tonight show that Michiganders are happy with the results from the strong, Rule-of-Law majority that has protected their rights under our state’s Constitution.”
MRP Statement on Michigan House Election Results
LANSING, Mich., Nov. 8 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday released the following statement regarding the results of the Michigan House of Representatives elections:
“Voters spoke decisively in Michigan tonight, and they decided that they want to keep our state on the right path. Our Comeback has led to 475,000 new private sector jobs in the state, an unemployment rate lower than the national average, and personal income growth that is outpacing the rest of the country. Thanks to tonight’s results, we know we’ll be able to continue enacting the kinds of policies that have made Michigan a better place to live for at least two more years under strong Republican leadership.”
MRP Statement on Michigan Congressional Elections
LANSING, Mich., Nov. 8 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday released the following statement regarding Michigan’s Congressional Elections:
“Congratulations to the nine Republican members of our state’s Congressional Delegation on their successful victories tonight. Michigan is lucky to have these strong leaders advocating for our values and interests in Washington. Our two freshmen, Lt. General Jack Bergman and Paul Mitchell, will have big shoes to fill, but are more than up to the task. I’m looking forward to working with our entire Republican delegation going forward to push for solutions to the issues facing Michiganders.”
Michigan GOP responds to frivolous MDP lawsuit
LANSING, Mich., Nov. 7, 2016 – The Michigan Republican Party today filed a response to the Michigan Democratic Party’s outrageous, frivolous, and insulting lawsuit regarding Election Day Operations.
“The Michigan Republican Party has filed our response to the MDP’s ridiculous lawsuit, which is nothing more than a blatant attempt to improperly use the federal courts to garner PR,” said Steven Ostrow, Executive Director of the Michigan Republican Party. “The Democrats are watching Michigan slip through their fingers, and this is a last ditch effort to try to motivate voters in minority communities to turn out.”
The lawsuit is so frivolous, egregious, and ridiculous that similar lawsuits have been dismissed in four other states and the Michigan Republican Party has served the Michigan Democratic Party with a motion for monetary sanctions. “This publicity stunt is an attempt to distract from the issues because Democrats in Michigan know that, if the election is about issues, Republicans win,” Ostrow continued. “Since there has been no further request for action, we are anticipating another PR stunt by Michigan Democrats tomorrow, with phony claims of intimidation somewhere in Michigan,” said Ostrow. “The Michigan Republican Party will not intimidate voters, and will not allow Democrats to falsely smear our name or our efforts to ensure honest and fair elections. We would never want to improperly stop Michiganders from voting because we know that Republicans will carry Michigan if every eligible voter participates in tomorrow’s election.”
MRP Statement on Hillary Clinton’s Campaign stop at Grand Valley
LANSING, Mich., Nov. 7 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Monday released the following statement regarding Hillary Clinton’s campaign stop at Grand Valley State University today:
“Hillary Clinton’s visit to Grand Valley today offers her the chance to learn a real lesson. Most colleges have a code of conduct with appropriate penalties for anyone who violates them and cheats. Clinton’s campaign has consistently violated the rules, including receiving questions in advance of nationally televised debates and town halls. The Clintons have lived by a different set of rules for too long, and now is the time to hold them accountable. Michigan voters will send a message tomorrow that they’re tired of the corruption coming from Hillary Clinton and that they want better from their next President.”
Monroe County’s top law enforcement official admits to breaking the law
LANSING, Mich., Nov. 5 – Current Monroe County Sheriff Dale Malone has broken the law numerous times during his tenure, according to records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. During the Monroe County Sheriff debate on Wednesday, November 2, Malone admitted to as much.
“This is a clear violation of not only the law, but also the public trust,” Michigan Republican Party Candidate Liaison Jonathan Duke stated. “The first duty of law enforcement is to protect and serve. The law which Malone has admittedly broken repeatedly is one designed to protect Monroe County citizens. Not following it disqualifies him from doing this job.”
Malone admitted to not collecting DNA evidence from individuals arrested on felony charges, which is backed up by the records obtained under FOIA. A new law that went into effect in 2015 made it mandatory for arresting law enforcement agencies to do so.
“Law enforcement officials don’t get to pick and choose which laws to follow and which ones not to,” Duke said. “We all deserve better from those who are entrusted with keeping us and our families safe. Malone is willingly violating the law. This is reprehensible behavior, and unbecoming of Monroe County’s top law enforcement official. Who knows how many other cases could have been solved had Malone just done his job?”
MRP Statement on Cory Booker campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Detroit
LANSING, Mich., Nov. 3 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday released the following statement regarding Senator Cory Booker campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Detroit:
“The hypocrisy of Cory Booker, a pro-school choice Senator campaigning for Hillary Clinton, is almost as bad as her flip-flop on school-choice, when she put Big Labor interest over those of families. This stop also shows that Hillary’s campaign is flailing in Michigan. She knows that we’re in play this election, and voters are looking for change in the White House. That’s why they’re going to turn Michigan red on Election Day and put Donald Trump in the Oval Office.”
MRP Statement on Bill Clinton’s last minute campaign stop in Detroit
LANSING, Mich., Nov. 2 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Wednesday released the following statement regarding Bill Clinton’s campaign stop in Detroit:
“It seems fitting that a family that works as hard as the Clinton’s to avoid transparency would keep even a campaign stop a secret from the voters. However, given Bill’s dealings with the Clinton Foundation and ‘Bill Clinton, Inc.,’ we shouldn’t expect much better from a potential Hillary Clinton White House. Voters shouldn’t accept secretive dealings and blatant attempts to avoid transparency laws from elected officials at any level, and especially not from their President. I’m confident they’ll send a strong message to the Clintons on Election Day that they want, and demand, better from their next Commander-in-Chief.”
MRP Statement on Bernie Sanders campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Michigan
LANSING, Mich., Nov. 2 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Wednesday released the following statement regarding Bernie Sanders campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Michigan:
“Bernie supporters should be even less likely to support Hillary Clinton than they were during the Democratic Convention this summer. We’ve now seen leaked emails showing that Hillary received advance debate questions from a member of the DNC who was a CNN contributor at the time. She’s made clear she disagrees with his policies on Wall Street, only agreeing with him during the primary in an attempt to win over progressives. Now, with her email scandal back in the news, Sanders supporters in Michigan have every right to be angry at a system rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton and those willing to pay for access to her. We welcome them to vote for true change, Donald Trump, on Election Day.”
MRP Statement on Cher campaigning for Clinton in Michigan
LANSING, Mich., Oct. 31 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Monday released the following statement regarding Cher campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Michigan:
“Hillary Clinton desperately wants to turn back time in Michigan and bring the policies that led to the Lost Decade to the national level. Her agenda would further destroy our national economy and give us record unemployment, just as we saw in Michigan under Jennifer Granholm. Voters will reject these failed policies on November 8 because they know we need real change and solutions in our next President, and Hillary Clinton offers none of those. Her 30-year record in public service shows that, for her, public service is more about the public serving her than it is about helping American citizens.”
MRP Statement on Clinton surrogates in Michigan over the weekend
LANSING, Mich., Oct. 28 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Friday released the following statement regarding Chelsea Clinton and Tim Kaine’s campaign stops this weekend:
“Hillary Clinton continues to avoid Michigan voters because she knows how unpopular she is here. Unfortunately for her, her surrogates can’t hide the fact that she doesn’t have the solutions to fix our struggling national economy or keep us safe. On the heels of the announcement that the FBI is reopening their investigation into her email, Americans are even more weary of handing her the keys to the Oval Office. Hillary Clinton would be another four years of the same failed policies of President Obama, which are only leading to greater costs to taxpayers and a more dangerous world. A Hillary Clinton White House would only help those at the Clinton Foundation and ‘Bill Clinton, Inc.,’ prosper, not the American people. We deserve better from our next President.”
MRP Statement on Final Presidential Debate
LANSING, Mich., Oct. 19 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Wednesday released the following statement regarding the final Presidential debate:
“This final debate showcased what is at stake for the state of our great nation. Donald Trump is a promising new perspective into the problems that have plagued the Obama Administration, problems that will continue in time with Hillary Clinton’s vision for America. Clinton has proven that she is unfit to serve in the most prestigious position of our country. She has held various positions in her 30 years in government aimed at finding a solution to our national debt and failing foreign policy, neither of which she has yet to help. In fact, she’s only made it worse.
“Hillary Clinton wants to be the voice of the American people while dismissing anyone who doesn’t support her. She’s shown that she cares more about open borders and open trade than she does protecting the American people. We cannot allow a candidate like Hillary Clinton into the white house to destroy everything the American people have fought so hard to protect.
“It’s clear that Donald Trump is the only candidate that is willing to fight for the will of the people and fight for policy changes that will help get America back on track to be better and greater than it has ever been.”
MRP Statement before final Presidential debate
LANSING, Mich., Oct. 19 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Wednesday released the following statement before tonight’s final Presidential debate:
“Tonight’s debate will showcase how critical it is for the American people to vote on November 8 th. This election is not a personality contest, it is about the issues. This election is about jobs, the economy, our national security. It is about the United States Supreme Court. This election is about our future as a nation.
“We are at a pivotal crossroads for our country. Hillary Clinton wants to continue the same failed economic policies of the Obama administration; Donald Trump wants to put America back to work. Hillary Clinton wants puts herself above the security of our nation; Donald Trump will put America, and her citizens, first.
“With so much at stake, we need to be making phone calls, knocking doors, and ensuring voters understand that only one candidate has the vision to take our country forward during this incredibly dangerous time and it isn’t Hillary Clinton. We have to show that we’re united and that we won’t support four more years of the failed status quo.”
MRP Statement on Tim Kaine in Michigan
LANSING, Mich., Oct. 18 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday released the following statement regarding Tim Kaine’s campaign stop in Detroit:
“Tim Kaine continues to be nothing more than a shill for the failed Obama/Clinton policies of the past. Given his lack of accomplishments during an extended tenure in public service, this should be a surprise to no one. However, Michiganders have seen the negative effects of these policies first-hand during the Granholm administration. The country needs a leader who will get our debt under control and help more businesses grow and hire worker over here, not failed liberal talking points that do nothing to fix the problem. Tim Kaine and Hillary Clinton have no solutions, and their long records in public service clearly show that now is the time for a change in leadership in the White House.”
MRP Statement responding to Michigan Dems press call on Michigan’s 1st Congressional District Race
LANSING, Mich., Oct. 13 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday released the following statement regarding the Michigan Democratic Party’s press call on Michigan’s 1st Congressional District Race today:
“The hypocrisy from Michigan Democrats claiming that Jack Bergman isn’t a resident of the 1st District is laughable. Considering that Lon Johnson lives in Detroit, according to his wife’s campaign finance filings and even his own spokesman, this attack is ridiculously off-base. Jack Bergman lived in Louisiana while he served our country in the Marine Corps. When he had the chance, he chose to settle down in northern Michigan. Lon Johnson is vacationing in Kalkaska in order to get a job in Washington, DC. The differences between these two candidates is stark, and residents of northern Michigan know better than to believe these attacks on a distinguished member of the military coming from a tourist from Detroit and the Michigan Democratic Party.”
MRP Statement on Yom Kippur
LANSING, Mich., Oct. 11 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday released the following statement celebrating Yom Kippur:
“I’d like to wish a blessed Yom Kippur and an easy fast to all of our friends in the Jewish community. Yom Kippur is a time for atonement and reflection for members of the Jewish community, but should be something every American strives to do in their lives. Through these actions, we as people can strengthen our personal relationships and as a nation can strengthen our relationship with our allies in Israel.”
MRP Statement on Hillary Clinton’s campaign stop in Detroit
LANSING, Mich., Oct. 10 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Monday released the following statement regarding Hillary Clinton’s campaign stop in Detroit:
“Hillary Clinton avoided Michigan voters for 60 days and continually refuses to answer serious questions about her record during her 30 years of public service. The differences between her rhetoric on the campaign trail and behind closed doors to those who can afford access to her is stark and disconcerting.
“Her record is one of putting herself and her interests before those she’s supposed to serve. At every turn, she has shown that she is unfit to be President. From her handling of national security secrets to her unfulfilled campaign promises as Senator from New York, Clinton’s career has always been about her needs, and not that of the American people.”
MRP Statement on Second Presidential Debate
LANSING, Mich., Oct. 9 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Sunday released the following statement regarding the second Presidential debate:
“We are a nation with a proud past. This debate showcased the different visions for our future. Donald Trump wants to protect and abide by our constitution, Hillary Clinton wants to rewrite it. Donald Trump wants to secure our borders and defeat ISIS, Hillary Clinton refuses to call radical Islamic terror by its name. With our Supreme Court on the line, we cannot afford activist judges who legislate from the bench. We cannot afford further foreign policy failures, and we cannot afford Hillary Clinton’s economic agenda that will further bankrupt our nation and our citizens.
“When it comes to substantive policy issues, this debate could not have outlined more clearly the distinct and different ideas on how to lead our nation. Hillary Clinton has had 30 years and represents the failed status quo. Donald Trump is a proven problem solver who knows what we need to move our nation forward.”
MRP Statement before second Presidential debate
LANSING, Mich., Oct. 9 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Sunday released the following statement before tonight’s second Presidential debate:
“Only one candidate on the debate stage tonight has had 30 years in government and cannot claim a single accomplishment, and it isn’t Donald Trump. Only one candidate on the debate stage tonight looked in the eyes of Americans whose family members had died in service to our country and lied to them about the cause, and it wasn’t Donald Trump. Only one candidate tonight was put into a position of incredible power with top security clearance and created a homebrew server that threatened our national security, and it wasn’t Donald Trump. Only one candidate, in paid private speeches, promises one thing to big donors and another to the general public who cannot afford to pay for the access, and it isn’t Donald Trump.
“Hillary Clinton is deceiving the American people on key positions of economic, trade, and foreign policy. In tonight’s debate, Hillary Clinton has an obligation to explain her controversial and contradictory opinions. The media and the voters have an obligation tonight to demand answers.
- Hillary Clinton supports open trade and open borders: Hillary Clinton needs to define her policies of “open trade and open borders.”
- Clinton supports Financial Executives self-regulating the financial industry: Can Hillary Clinton explain why she told financial executives that the industry knows best how to reform itself? Can she explain why she says one thing in closed door, paid speeches, but something completely different on the campaign trail?
- Clinton takes credit and supports TPP: Hillary Clinton took credit for shaping an Obama administration Asian trade policy where TPP was the centerpiece, calling it the gold standard, now claims to oppose TPP.
“At every opportunity, Hillary Clinton has put herself first—before our country, before our security, before our safety. She is absolutely and unequivocally disqualified from serving as Commander-in-Chief of this great nation.”
MRP Statement on Bernie Sanders campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Michigan
LANSING, Mich., Oct. 6 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday released the following statement regarding Senator Bernie Sanders campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Michigan:
“While a majority of Democrats in Michigan were Feeling the Bern during the Democratic primary, they ultimately were burned by a rigged system in Hillary Clinton’s favor. Now these supporters are being attacked by Hillary Clinton in private fundraisers. Those struggling under the Clinton and Obama economy shouldn’t be putting their support behind a candidate who doesn’t respect them and continues to push for the status quo. They want someone who will make our government work for them, and given her 30 years in politics and disdain for millions of Americans, Hillary Clinton is not that person.”
MRP Statement on Vice Presidential Debate
LANSING, Mich., Oct. 4 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday released the following statement regarding the Vice Presidential Debate:
“We saw a sharp contrast on the debate stage tonight. While the Democrat’s VP nominee, Tim Kaine, talks in fancy rhetoric and false promises, he shifts his ideology more often than Hillary Clinton, jumping on whatever policy bandwagon the campaign asks him to. He has been on the record opposing most of his running mate’s policies on the economy and foreign policy, including how to deal with the threat we’re facing from ISIS. Now that he’s her running mate, he’s flipped to show support for her failed plans and feckless leadership.
“Meanwhile Mike Pence has an exemplary record of accomplishments and promises to bring real solutions to the White House as Vice President. Mike Pence is a serious conservative and problem-solver, who would help Donald Trump fix the problems facing our nation. Tonight’s debate clearly showed that only one ticket has the ability to tackle the serious issues facing America.”
Michigan Republican Party Opening New Field Offices Across Michigan
LANSING, Mich., Oct. 4, 2016 –Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday announced the opening of nine new field offices across Michigan in coordination with the Republican National Committee and Donald J. Trump for President.
“Michigan will continue to play an important role during this election cycle, and our additional ground offices will offer greater resources to local residents who want to get involved,” McDaniel said. “These outreach efforts give us an advantage as we look to reach out to voters and ensure greater turnout for our nominees up and down the ballot. Moving forward, these resources will give us closer access to the voters who support our nominee and will work toward their election.”
The additional offices will be opening in Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Cheboygan, Clinton Township, Escanaba, Midland, Monroe, Mount Pleasant, and Saginaw.
“We can see clearly that Michigan is a battleground state in 2016,” McDaniel continued. “The enthusiasm is on our side, and that bodes well for all of our candidates in Michigan. These offices will allow us to turn that enthusiasm into action and increase our turnout. We’re going to win in 2016 based on the hard work of all the dedicated and enthusiastic supporters we have.”
As contact information becomes available for the new regional field offices, it will be posted at migop.org/about/staff.
MRP Statement on Bill Clinton’s campaign stops in Michigan
LANSING, Mich., Oct. 3 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Monday released the following statement regarding former President Bill Clinton’s Michigan campaign stops on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s Campaign:
“While Bill and other surrogates continue to travel our state, Michigan voters have yet to be able to face Hillary Clinton. She hasn’t been in our state in 53 days, instead sending surrogate after surrogate to speak for her. Whether referring to Michigan voters as deplorable, or making fun of the supporters of Democrats’ Michigan primary winner, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton demonstrates time and time again that she is not with us.”
MRP Statement on Rosh Hashanah
LANSING, Mich., Oct. 2 – Michigan Republican Party Co-Chair Jeff Sakwa on Sunday released the following statement ahead of the start of Rosh Hashanah:
“To all of our friends in the Jewish community here in Michigan, we hope the new year brings in more success and happiness. This holiday offers us time to reflect on all of our blessings and how we can continue to improve and grow throughout the year. Celebrations like this should also remind us of our allies in Israel, and that we need to maintain our strong relationship and hope it grows during the coming year. L’shana tovah, and may this new year be full of celebrations for your families and congregations.”
MRP Statement on Presidential Campaign Stops in Michigan
LANSING, Mich., Sept. 30 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Friday released the following statement regarding Donald J. Trump’s visit to Novi and Chelsea Clinton’s campaign stop for her mother, Hillary Clinton, in Traverse City:
“Michigan is in play this cycle. Donald Trump keeps coming back, but Hillary Clinton continues to duck Michigan voters, instead sending surrogates to speak for her. She doesn’t care about Michigan residents, calling those who don’t support her ‘deplorable,’ only showing up in Michigan for private fundraisers and an invitation-only speech.
“This is Donald Trump’s fifth visit to Michigan since the Convention in July. He’s showing that he’s dedicated to Michigan voters and issues and is the only candidate that’s speaking about his vision and ideas to make our state and our country better.
“Michigan voters understand what’s at stake in this election. We can send a change agent, someone from outside the broken bureaucracy, or we can send Hillary Clinton, the prototypical Washington politician who has failed us for 30 years. Michiganders know that Donald Trump will fight for us, and he won’t forget about Michigan, or our issues, once he is in the White House.”
MRP Statement on first Presidential Debate
LANSING, Mich., Sept. 26 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Monday released the following statement regarding the first debate of the 2016 general election:
“Tonight’s debate shows us the clear choice that voters have this November. While Donald Trump presented a vision to fix the issues facing our nation, Hillary Clinton proved again that she wants to keep the status quo that is failing so many Americans. She has had 30 years to find solutions and she has failed. Michiganders want real change at the national level, not more of the same rhetoric and failed policies we’ve seen from a career politician and lifelong member of the political elite. It’s clear that Donald Trump is the only candidate talking about the problems facing our nation following eight years of failed leadership.”
McDaniel: Clinton’s campaign divides Americans
LANSING, Mich., Sept. 22 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday blasted the Clinton campaign as one working to divide Americans as Chelsea Clinton visited Michigan on behalf of her mother’s campaign.
“Hillary Clinton’s campaign is working to divide Americans and pit us against each other,” McDaniel said. “Her rhetoric regarding people who don’t support her is, in a word, deplorable. Hillary Clinton practices the politics of division when we need to be united to move our country in the right direction.”
McDaniel went on to criticize Hillary Clinton for her continued efforts to avoid Michigan voters. Her campaign usually sends surrogates to Michigan on her behalf, while Republican Nominee Donald Trump has been in the state four times since the national conventions.
“Clinton’s refusal to address the concerns of Michigan residents is disturbing,” stated McDaniel. “While she rarely shows up, and usually only for high-priced and secretive fundraisers, Donald Trump continues to share his vision with Michigan voters. He is the only candidate with a real plan to unite our country and fix the problems facing our nation. Michigan voters will make it clear to Hillary in November that we don’t see eye-to-eye with her and her divisive campaign.”
MRP Statement on Tim Kaine’s Campaign Stop in Ann Arbor
LANSING, Mich., Sept. 13 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday released the following statement regarding Tim Kaine’s campaign stop in Ann Arbor:
“Tim Kaine’s Ann Arbor stop today proves why he and his running mate, Hillary Clinton, are wrong for us. They continue to push unsustainable spending with no details on how to pay for it, sticking our children with the bill for years to come. While ‘free’ tuition sounds great, someone has to pay for it. ‘Free’ college tuition is nothing more than a transfer of the cost of education from students to taxpayers. The true cost of increased taxes to pay for such programs is the inability for college graduates to find a job in our great state.
“Both Kaine and Clinton are woefully out-of-touch with Michiganders, making pie in the sky promises while calling those who disagree with them deplorable, racists, and xenophobes. Michiganders demand, and deserve, better.”
Michigan Republican Party Opening New Field Offices Across Michigan
LANSING, Mich., Sept. 13, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday announced the opening of eight new field offices across Michigan in coordination with the Republican National Committee and Donald J. Trump for President.
“Michigan has been on the ground, recruiting volunteers and engaging voters across our great state for more than a year in our existing five offices,” McDaniel said. “We are excited to add to those outreach efforts with eight additional offices around the state. Michigan is in play in this election, and we are excited to get our message of opportunity, prosperity, and protecting Michigan’s Comeback to additional areas in our state.”
MRP currently has five field offices open in Michigan: Detroit, Lansing, Livonia, Traverse City, and Utica. Eight additional offices are opening in Oakland County, Kent County, Alpena, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Marquette, and Trenton.
“Michigan is a true battleground state in 2016,” McDaniel continued. “We have massive enthusiasm on our side, and that shows in the number of volunteers will to put forth the time and effort on behalf of Republican candidates. Voters know that Michigan’s Comeback is on the line, and our new offices will allow more voters and volunteers to get involved at the grassroots level throughout the state.”
As contact information becomes available for the new regional field offices, it will be posted on the Michigan Republican Party website.
MRP Statement on the passing of State Representative Peter Pettalia
LANSING, Mich., Sept. 12 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Monday released the following statement regarding the passing of State Representative Peter Pettalia:
“Representative Pettalia was a tremendous public servant during his far too short time in the Michigan House. He was a tireless advocate for the people of his district and their interests in Lansing. His commitment to his constituents cannot be overstated. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
MRP Statement on Hillary Clinton’s ‘Basket of deplorables’ comment
LANSING, Mich., Sept. 10 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Saturday released the following statement regarding Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment:
“Hillary Clinton’s comment about Donald Trump supporters is absolutely appalling. Reasonable people can disagree in reasonable ways, but calling supporters of your opponent racist, sexist, and xenophobic is unacceptable from someone looking to be Commander-in-Chief. These are hard-working Americans who are going to look to their President for leadership, even if they didn’t vote for them. Hillary’s showing that she doesn’t care for or respect people who disagree with her worldview, and that’s not a quality anyone should want in our next President.”
MRP Statement on Labor Day
LANSING, Mich., Sept. 5 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Monday released the following statement celebrating Labor Day in Michigan:
“Today we celebrate all of the contributions hard-working Michiganders and Americans have made toward moving our state forward. I’m so grateful for everything workers have done to make our state a better place to live, work, and raise a family. I’m also happy that workers in Michigan are no longer forced to join a union, thanks to common-sense reforms enacted under Republican leadership. All workers should enjoy the fundamental right of association and freedom offered to workers under Freedom-to-Work laws we have here in the Great Lake State.”
MRP Statement on Bill Clinton campaigning in Detroit
LANSING, Mich., Sept. 5 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Monday released the following statement regarding former President Bill Clinton’s campaign stop in Detroit:
“The Clinton Campaign is proving that Michigan is in play this election. Bill Clinton’s campaign trip is a desperate effort to rebuild trust in Hillary. However, he can’t hide the fact that her plans will fail to rebuild our national economy the same way President Obama’s are failing now. Her campaign can offer no solutions, only continued pandering. She has proven time and time again that she isn’t prepared or fit to serve as Commander-in-Chief, and her husband’s stop does nothing to change that.”
MRP Statement on Donald Trump’s Detroit visit
LANSING, Mich., Sept. 3 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel issued the following statement regarding Republican Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump’s decision to visit Detroit this weekend.
“Saturday marks Donald Trump's third visit to Michigan in a month, showing his commitment to Michigan voters and the issues that matter to us. He is easily the most accessible and unscripted Presidential Candidate we’ve ever seen. Donald Trump is reaching out to all voters and discussing his plans to make our country work for everyone, while Hillary Clinton has said that Republicans, and every Republican voter, are the enemy she is most proud of making. When she rarely shows up in Michigan, it is either for a high dollar fundraiser, or to speak in front of a hand-picked audience. She is the least-accessible and most scripted candidate we’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, the average Michigan voter cannot afford the type of high dollar donation to the Clinton Foundation it takes to gain access."
House Democratic Fund Violates Campaign Finance Laws
LANSING, Mich., Aug. 30, 2016 – Michigan House Democrats broke the law in their attempt to get their chosen candidate, Erin Kieliszewski, through the House primary election in the 106th House District.
“The House Democrats tried to pick winners and losers in their own contested House primaries,” Michigan Republican Party Executive Director, Steven Ostrow said. “In addition to this clear violation of state law, the House Democratic Fund paid for an ad that ran with an improper disclaimer.”
The complaint, filed today with the Secretary of State’s office, documents that the House Democratic Fund paid for a television ad for 106th House district primary candidate Erin Kieliszewski, but the disclaimer on the ad was that of the Kieliszewski campaign. The complaint documents the House Democrats’ blatant disregard for the primary process, as well as campaign finance law.
“This clear violation of the laws of our state demonstrate that the House Democrats, like their Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, believe that they are above the law and that the rules don’t apply to them,” Ostrow continued. “The Michigan Republican Party will not stand idly by while Michigan Democrats break the rules.”
Colleen Pobur fully embraces Jennifer Granholm, Lost Decade
LANSING, Mich., Aug. 23 – Democratic State Representative Candidate Colleen Pobur has fully signaled her support for the policies that created the Lost Decade in Michigan, said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel.
“Colleen Pobur has gone full Granholm by not only embracing the former Governor’s legacy of job and population losses, but by actually hosting an event with her,” McDaniel said. “Michigan voters still remember the troubled times our state faced under the lack of leadership during the Granholm Administration. We don’t want to return to that, and Pobur should know better.”
McDaniel also mentioned that Pobur is a former Granholm appointee, serving in state government herself while our state was stuck in the Lost Decade.
“Voters have sent a clear message in recent elections that they are unwilling to take eight steps back to the failed policies of Granholm and Pobur,” McDaniel stated. “Michiganders want real solutions that will continue to bring jobs and people to the state. Simply by her actions and associations, Pobur has shown she wants the opposite. The people of the 20th State House District want better from their Representative.”
MRP Statement on Donald Trump’s Speech in Dimondale
LANSING, Mich., Aug. 19 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Friday released the following statement regarding Donald Trump’s speech in Dimondale:
“Donald Trump continues to show his commitment to Michigan voters and Michigan issues. The enthusiasm shown by his crowds here demonstrate that momentum is strongly behind him going into November.”
McDaniel: Clinton’s economic plans woefully inept, preposterous
LANSING, Mich., Aug. 11 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday blasted Hillary Clinton’s economic plans outlined in a speech in Warren.
“Hillary Clinton’s economic plans are woefully inept and preposterous,” McDaniel said. “Her policies are designed to further drive us into debt and rapidly increase our national deficit. She has no plans to pay for her outlandish proposals, and wants to continue the Obama Administration’s reckless spending.”
McDaniel points to repeated quotes from Clinton in which she gave the President’s handling of the economy an ‘A,’ and her stated desire to continue on the same path, should she be elected.
“Americans and Michiganders don’t want more of the same policies that led to massive job losses in Michigan under Jennifer Granholm,” McDaniel stated. “They want real solutions. They want to see the same kind of progress Michigan has made under strong Republican leadership, and that’s not being offered by Clinton. Too many people are struggling for us to continue on this broken economic path. We need real change, and we won’t get that from a Hillary Clinton White House.”
MRP Statement on Tim Kaine’s Campaign Stop in Grand Rapids
LANSING, Mich., Aug. 5 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Friday released the following statement regarding Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine’s campaign stop in Grand Rapids:
“Democrats continue to peddle the failed policies that brought us the Lost Decade, this time through Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine. The Kaine and Clinton ‘jobs plan’ won’t help our economy recover, and will only further increase the national debt. Future generations would be stuck with a greater burden under their White House. This kind of irresponsibility is wrong for our children and grandchildren, and we can’t accept the kind of future that would be left for them under this continued lack of leadership.”
MRP Statement on Michigan House Primary Results
LANSING, Mich., Aug. 2 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel released the following statement regarding results from the Michigan House primary elections:
“Today’s results show that Republicans are in excellent shape heading into November. I’d like to thank all of the candidates who once again showed that enthusiasm is with our party this election cycle. We look forward to working with all of our primary winners to retain majority in the Michigan House and continue Michigan’s Comeback under strong Republican leadership.”
MRP Statement on Hillary Clinton’s official nomination
LANSING, Mich., July 28 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday released the following statement regarding Hillary Clinton’s official nomination:
“Hillary Clinton is not fit to lead our country - she has proven this repeatedly. Our country cannot afford her economic policies. The world cannot afford her foreign policy. Americans cannot afford her complete disregard for the Constitution. She is untrustworthy, unfit to be Commander-in-Chief, and unprepared to provide the real solutions our nation so desperately needs.”
MRP Statement on Jennifer Granholm’s Speech at the DNC Convention
LANSING, Mich., July 28 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday released the following statement regarding former Governor Jennifer Granholm’s speech at the DNC Convention:
“The Democratic Party’s embrace of Jennifer Granholm shows that they aren’t interested in finding the kind of real solutions needed to fix the problems facing our nation. When Granholm fled from Michigan for California at the end of her second term, she left our state a mess. Families were being torn apart as jobs left our state and young college graduates were forced to look for opportunities out-of-state.
“Now, under strong Republican leadership, we’re setting an example for the rest of America to follow. Jennifer Granholm’s policies failed Michigan, and they’ll fail us all if Hillary Clinton becomes President.”
Clinton chooses fellow career-politician Tim Kaine to fill out ultimate Government Insider ticket
LANSING, Mich., July 22 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Friday blasted Hillary Clinton’s choice of Tim Kaine as her VP Nominee.
“This ticket is the ultimate representation of the status quo that’s failing Michigan families,” said McDaniel. “Tim Kaine is a clear sign that Hillary Clinton wants to make no changes, and instead wants to keep pushing the failed liberal policies of the Obama Administration.”
McDaniel pointed to Kaine’s long career in government service, including forgettable terms of service as both Governor and Senator of Virginia. She also mentioned his time as a failed leader of the Democratic National Committee as a sign of his lack of qualifications.
“Hillary just chose the least accomplished yet longest serving Washington insider to try and build up her ticket,” McDaniel said. “This is a joke. Michiganders know better than to trust do-nothing politicians who offer a lot of hot-air rhetoric without any tangible solutions.”
MRP Statement on Donald Trump’s official Nomination as the Republican Presidential Nominee
LANSING, Mich., July 21 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday released the following statement regarding the official nomination of Donald Trump as the Republican Presidential Nominee:
“I’d like to congratulate Donald Trump for his tremendous job creating enthusiasm among Republican primary voters and securing the nomination. Now that our party has chosen our nominee, we must stand united and support him. We cannot let Hillary get the keys to the White House and continue the disastrous policies of the Obama Administration. We’re ready to keep working through November to turn Michigan red in 2016.”
MRP Statement on Being Asked to Pass During the GOP Convention Roll Call
LANSING, Mich., July 19 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday made the following statement regarding why Michigan passed the first time through the roll call of the states casting their votes for President of the United States:
“We were asked by the Trump campaign to pass so New York could cast the votes to put him over the edge. We were very happy to join Pennsylvania in offering this honor to our nominee, and we look forward to turning Michigan red in November.”
Indiana Governor Mike Pence selected as Donald Trump’s Running Mate
LANSING, Mich., July 15 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Friday made the following statement regarding Donald Trump’s choice of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate:
“I’d like to sincerely congratulate Governor Pence on being selected to join this outstanding ticket. The experience Pence brings to the table cannot be understated. He has been a proven leader in every role he’s taken on, and will prove to be an asset for the Trump campaign. This is going to be a formidable ticket that brings strong leadership and provides a sharp contrast to Hillary Clinton’s plans for more of the same failed policies. With the selection of Governor Pence, I feel even more confident that we’ll turn Michigan red in November.”
MRP Chairman calls on Obama and Biden to avoid campaigning with Clinton during FBI investigation
LANSING, Mich., July 5 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday called on President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to avoid campaign events with Hillary Clinton during the FBI and Department of Justice’s investigation into her private email server.
“Seeing the President and Vice President campaigning with a candidate who is under investigation by their FBI sends the wrong message to the American people,” said McDaniel. “No one is above the law, and the President and Vice President should make that point clear by refusing to campaign with Hillary Clinton while she is still being investigated by the FBI.”
McDaniel pointed to President Obama campaigning with Clinton in North Carolina today, as well as the secret meeting between Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch as a clear sign of favoritism from the Obama Administration for Hillary Clinton. The meeting occurred just days before Hillary’s interview with the FBI on her email server.
“The American people deserve an impartial and thorough investigation into this vital issue of national security,” McDaniel stated. “The Obama administration should avoid even the slightest appearance that this process is rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton, something they have failed to do so far."
MRP Statement on SCOTUS ruling regarding Texas Abortion Laws
LANSING, Mich., June 27 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Monday released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s Whole Women’s Health vs. Hellerstedt:
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling flies in the face of our Constitutional rights, taking more power away from states and putting it in the hands of the federal government. This ruling shows what’s truly at stake this election. We need to elect a President who will appoint rule-of-law justices to uphold our Constitutional rights, not more justices that will legislate from the bench.”
BadFiscalDriskell.com launched by Michigan Republican Party
LANSING, Mich., June 23 – The Michigan Republican Party on Thursday announced the launch of a new website, BadFiscalDriskell.com to highlight the economic policies and ineffective leadership of Gretchen Driskell.
“Gretchen Driskell isn’t properly prepared for the challenges she’d face in Congress,” Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel said. “She has been ineffective in the Michigan House and doesn’t know how to solve the problems facing our nation. Her lack of solutions should be taken into account by voters in Michigan’s 7th Congressional District, who deserve better from their Representative in Washington, DC.”
When recently asked about the national debt and deficit, Driskell directed voters to the website FiscalShip.org. The website is a game where voters attempt to keep their “Fiscal Ship” from sinking, based on a number of Driskell’s dangerous tax-and-spend policy ideas. BadFiscalDriskell.com features a video showing a simulation of Gretchen Driskell playing the “Fiscal Ship” game.
“The national debt isn’t a game. There is no reset button,” McDaniel said. “Voters need real solutions to these issues, and Driskell has proven she isn’t up for the challenge.”
Gretchen Whitmer Must Release All Emails Related to Her Secret Selection as Ingham County Prosecutor
Prosecutor who said she wants to “earn back the trust of the people” must voluntarily expose selection process to the public
LANSING, Mich., June 20 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Monday called on ex-state Senator Gretchen Whitmer to voluntarily release all e-mails and other documents related to her secret selection as the next Ingham County Prosecutor. Whitmer takes office July 2 but was sworn-in in a ceremony today.
Whitmer told the Lansing State Journal when she applied for the position that, “It strikes me that one of the most important things is to earn back the trust of the people of Ingham County.”
“If Whitmer wants to assure the public that the prosecutor’s office will be run transparently and ethically following the Dunnings scandal, she must start by voluntarily releasing all emails related to her own secret selection as prosecutor,” said McDaniel.
McDaniel called on Whitmer to voluntarily release all her emails and other documents, and also for Whitmer to publically ask the government panel who selected her to release all of their communications regarding her secret selection. As the new prosecutor, McDaniel said, Whitmer has standing to make the release of all documents take place so the public knows the truth.
Whitmer confirmed to the Lansing State Journal on April 22 that she applied to be prosecutor. She was secretly selected over several other candidates.
Whitmer has never released her emails or other records regarding the interview and selection process.
Dillon playing politics with veterans
LANSING, Mich., June 16 – Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Brandon Dillon continues to use the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans for political gain while distorting the truth and hiding from his own record on the issue.
“Brandon Dillon’s shameful attempt to politicize Michigan veterans is appalling,” Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel said. “His recent attacks on Attorney General Bill Schuette’s investigation into the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans distorts the truth while covering up Dillon’s own poor track record on the issue.”
Dillon, who until 2015 served as a State Representative for the City of Grand Rapids, where the home is located, voted against budget increases for the home while in office. Included in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget, which Dillon voted against, were also stricter reporting requirements for complaints at the Grand Rapids Home for veterans.
“If Brandon Dillon were truly as concerned with the care being provided to veterans, he would have voted for a budget that increased funding, added nurses, and added more reporting requirements for complaints at the home,” stated McDaniel. “This is a cheap political stunt attacking our Attorney General, who is actually trying to help our veterans.”
MRP Statement on the passing of Gordie Howe
LANSING, Mich., June 10, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Friday released the following statement regarding the passing of Gordie Howe:
“Gordie Howe was an incredibly talented hockey player and a great ambassador for our state and of Detroit. Mr. Hockey’s legacy has left a tremendous impact both on and off the ice, especially here in Michigan. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family. He will be greatly missed.”
Tourist Lon Johnson needs help finding his district
Lon Johnson, a Detroiter running for Congress in Northern Michigan’s 1st District, has had some problems remembering where his district is. So he’s getting some navigational help. His campaign website uses an outside source, govtrack.us, to keep track of the district he hopes to represent in Congress. Thankfully, Johnson was already in the 1st District last week, as there were some technical problems with the site he uses to get around when visiting Northern Michigan.
This is the latest mishap that shows Lon Johnson is nothing more than a tourist in Northern Michigan. From being spotted outside his home in Detroit to using stock photos of Northern Michigan on his website, Johnson is showing that he’s out of touch with the residents he hopes to represent in Congress.
MRP Comment: “Tourist Lon Johnson continues to show just how out of touch he is with Northern Michigan residents. He’s a Detroiter who doesn’t understand the needs and priorities of those he hopes to represent in Congress.” – Ronna Romney McDaniel, Chairman.
MRP Statement on Legislative approval of Michigan’s Budget
LANSING, Mich., June 8 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Wednesday released the following statement regarding passage of Michigan’s budget for Fiscal Year 2017:
“I congratulate our hard-working legislative members for passing another budget balanced and ahead of the deadline. Republicans in Michigan have continued to invest in the priorities of Michigan residents, including roads and education, while keeping budget growth below the level of inflation. This is the kind of strong leadership that will keep Michigan’s Comeback going strong.”
MRP launches GretchenDriskellAccomplishments.com
LANSING, Mich., June 6 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Monday announced the launch of a new microsite, GretchenDriskellAccomplishments.com, listing the accomplishments of Democratic Congressional Candidate Gretchen Driskell.
“Gretchen Driskell has spent much of her congressional campaign focused on national issues instead of touting her accomplishments in the Michigan House, and voters deserve to know why,” McDaniel stated. “The simple answer is that she doesn’t have any. In her nearly four years in Lansing, Gretchen Driskell hasn’t passed a single bill where she’s been the primary sponsor.”
GretchenDriskellAccomplishments.com was launched to show voters that Driskell lacks the kind of accomplishments residents should expect from Congressional Candidates, McDaniel said.
“Voters in Michigan’s 7th Congressional District should know their Representative in Congress will be able to get them real solutions,” added McDaniel. “Clearly, Gretchen Driskell is not that candidate, and should not be given a chance to serve in Congress.”
Lon Johnson finally visits 1st Congressional District, attends conference focused on Detroit
LANSING, Mich., June 2, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday released the following statement regarding Democratic Congressional Candidate Lon Johnson attending the Detroit Regional Chamber Policy Conference:
“It’s fitting that Lon Johnson is spending his time in the Congressional District he’s running for while attending a conference that focuses on his current hometown of Detroit. The 1st Congressional District deserves someone in Congress who represents their needs and priorities. Northern Michigan residents recognize that Lon Johnson is only a tourist.”
McDaniel: Vote on civil service reforms shows Brinks places union interests ahead of taxpayers
LANSING, Mich., June 1, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Wednesday criticized state Rep. Winnie Brinks for voting against common-sense civil service reforms.
“Today’s vote shows that Winnie Brinks will fight for the interests of her big campaign donors ahead of the taxpayers in her district,” McDaniel said. “This is shameful, and her constituents deserve better from their Representative in Lansing.”
McDaniel noted that Brinks has received more than $100,000 in campaign contributions from Big-Labor since she was first elected to the Michigan House.
“Winnie Brinks needs to put the interests of the residents she represents first, and not those of her deep pocketed, Big-Labor contributors,” McDaniel stated. “However, it appears she’s unwilling to do that. Residents in her district deserve a Representative who works for their needs first, not a rubber stamp for Big Labor.”
MRP Statement on Hillary Clinton’s campaign stop in Detroit
LANSING, Mich., May 23, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Monday released the following statement regarding Hillary Clinton’s campaign speech to the SEIU convention in Detroit:
“Hillary Clinton’s continued struggles during the primary campaign show that voters don’t trust her to lead our country. Her loss in the Michigan primary was a clear signal that voters want strong leadership, not a continuation of the status quo, which has weakened our national economy and made the world a more dangerous place.
"No amount of rhetoric to a friendly audience in Michigan today is going to change the fact that Michiganders don’t want Hillary Clinton as our Commander-in-Chief. We want, need, and deserve better than a third Obama term.”
MRP statement on Donald Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees
LANSING, Mich., May 18, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Wednesday released the following statement regarding presumptive Republican Nominee Donald Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees:
“It’s no surprise that Justice Joan Larsen and Judge Raymond Kethledge are on Donald Trump’s shortlist for potential Supreme Court nominees. These constitutional, rule-of-law jurists are great public servants for the people of Michigan, and would be a great addition to the highest court in the country.”
MRP Statement on DPS Illegal Sick-outs
LANSING, Mich., May 3, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday released the following statement regarding Big Labor-lead ‘sick-outs’ that closed more than 90 schools in the Detroit Public Schools system for the second day in a row:
“The focus in Detroit needs to be solely on the children, who need to be in the classroom and receive both the educational and nutritional benefits of attending school. While serious reforms are needed for the district, these protests are short-sighted and do nothing to help Michigan’s next generation of leaders. It’s time for Big Labor bosses and teachers in Detroit to get back to work and end these illegal 'sick-outs' to ensure the children of Detroit receive a quality education.”
MRP Chairman statement on the passing of Paul Welday
LANSING, Mich., April 26, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday issued the following statement regarding the sudden passing of Paul Welday:
“The Republican Party and the state of Michigan as a whole suffered a great loss today in the untimely passing of Paul Welday. I have been blessed to know Paul for 20 years. He was not just my friend, he was part of my family and I will miss him beyond words. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this difficult time. Our Party and our state will not be the same without him.”
Republican Candidates running for every Congressional, Michigan House seat
LANSING, Mich., April 19, 2016 – Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Tuesday released the following statement regarding candidate filings for the Michigan House and Congressional seats:
“Every voter in Michigan will have the option to vote for a Republican candidate in every state House and Congressional race. Michigan Republicans offer real solutions to the issues facing Michigan residents, while Democrats continue to offer more of the same tax-and-spend policies of the past. We’ll continue to work tirelessly to retain Republican majorities in the state House and Congressional Delegation to further Michigan’s Comeback.”
Unhappy Tax Day from Gretchen Driskell and Melissa Gilbert to Michiganders
LANSING, Mich., April 18, 2016 – Michiganders and Americans received some relief from the tax-man this year, as the deadline to file taxes was pushed back to Monday, April 18. However, Democrats like Gretchen Driskell and Melissa Gilbert want to further burden hard-working taxpayers by raising taxes. According to Driskell, Gilbert, and their fellow Democratic Congressional Candidates in Michigan, the federal government better knows how to spend your money better than you do.
In sharp contrast, Michigan Republicans like Tim Walberg and Mike Bishop continue to fight for lower taxes for all Michiganders. That’s because Republicans understand that middle-class workers know how to spend their hard-earned money better than the federal government.
MRP Comment: “Michiganders are already facing too great of a tax burden from the federal government. They don’t need someone like Gretchen Driskell or Melissa Gilbert in Congress, who would continue to raise taxes on hard-working middle-class families in Michigan.” – Sarah Anderson, Communications Director.
Unhappy Tax Day from Lon Johnson to Michiganders
LANSING, Mich., April 18, 2016 – Michiganders and Americans received some relief from the tax-man this year, as the deadline to file taxes was pushed back to Monday, April 18. However, Democrats like Lon Johnson want to further burden hard-working taxpayers by raising taxes. According to Johnson and his fellow Democratic Congressional Candidates in Michigan, the federal government better knows how to spend your money better than you do.
In sharp contrast, Michigan Republicans continue to fight for lower taxes for all Michiganders. That’s because Republicans understand that middle-class workers know how to spend their hard-earned money better than the federal government.
MRP Comment: “Michiganders are already facing too great of a tax burden from the federal government. They don’t need someone like Lon Johnson in Congress, who would continue to raise taxes on hard-working middle-class families in Michigan.” – Sarah Anderson, Communications Director.