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Cox on Dategate: Fire Wiley and Friedrichs for Misconduct

LANSING, Mich., November 13, 2019 – On Wednesday, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox called on Mayor Mike Duggan to fire members of his administration embroiled in the "Dategate" including Ryan Friedrichs, the husband of Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Chief of Staff Alexis Wiley. Cox’s call for dismissals comes after The Detroit News reported on Tuesday that five of Duggan's aides were at the center of a search warrant executed on Friday by the Michigan Attorney General’s office. The warrant sought any and all electronic records associated with the Dategate scandal - records which Wiley and Friedrichs illegally ordered their staff to delete. “The deeper we get into this investigation of the 'Dategate' scandal, the clearer it becomes that Alexis Wiley and Ryan Friedrichs should be fired for misconduct and their lack of transparency,” said Laura Cox, Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. Cox continued, “It’s time that someone be held accountable for this troubling use of taxpayer resources and the massive cover-up that followed.” Last month, the Detroit Inspector General found that Friedrichs and other members of Duggan’s staff abused their offices when they ordered employees to delete public emails involving the scandal. However, instead of holding the staffers accountable, the mayor’s office assigned the staffers additional training. The matter is currently being further investigated by the Public Integrity Unit of the Attorney General's Office. More >

Cox Statement on 2nd Priorities USA Lawsuit

LANSING, Mich., November 13, 2019 – The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding the lawsuit filed today by liberal Super PAC Priorities USA, seeking to undermine two key provisions of Michigan election law - the prohibition on paid bussing to the polls, and removing restrictions on the ability of third parties to deliver absentee ballot applications to election officials. “This lawsuit is yet another example of the Democrats and their allies trying to weaken Michigan election laws that were put in place to stop voter fraud. In states without strong absentee ballot protections we have seen numerous examples of massive vote harvesting, and other forms of election fraud. The Michigan Republican Party will fight any attempt to undermine the integrity of our states elections or the security of our citizens ballots.” More >

Can Michigan Trust Whitmer?

LANSING, Mich., November 11, 2019 – State Budget negotiations broke down last week after Governor Gretchen Whitmer refused to relinquish controversial executive powers which she used to reallocate over $600 million in state budget funding. Whitmer’s refusal comes as Republicans fight to restore over $900 million which was vetoed by the governor. Much of which was needed by the state’s most vulnerable citizens and communities. While Whitmer has opposed signing any bill which limits her executive powers, she has pledged not to use her powers to reallocate any funding agreed to in this round of negations. This begs the question “can the people of Michigan trust Gretchen Whitmer not to break her promises?”    “History shows Governor Gretchen Whitmer cannot be trusted.” said Laura Cox Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “As a candidate for governor, Gretchen Whitmer made dozens of promises to the people of Michigan. These promises have since been broken in Governor Whitmer’s quest to impose a 45-cent gas tax that Michiganders don’t want. She has lied to our state’s most vulnerable citizens and held them hostage in a crisis of her own making. If Whitmer wants to restore her credibility, she must do the honorable thing and limit these controversial powers which have come under the criticism of both political parties.”  The Michigan Republican Party has attached to this release a document containing a list of promises broken by the Governor during her 11 months in power.    More >

Cox: “625 million reasons why the people of Michigan shouldn’t trust Governor Whitmer”

LANSING, Mich., November 5, 2019 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist’s letter to state legislators asking them to trust Governor Whitmer regarding her possible use of State Administrative Board transfers in 2020 budget negotiations.  “There are 625 million reasons why the people of Michigan shouldn’t trust Governor Whitmer to use her State Administrative Board transfers responsibly. The fact that she’s trying to solve this self-made crisis by getting her hands on the $947 million she vetoed is alarming. Gretchen Whitmer has shown that she couldn’t run a Lemonade stand let alone the State of Michigan. I’m sure her lack of credibility was what led to this letter being sent from Lt. Governor Gilchrist instead of the Governor herself.” More >

Cox Statement on Line 5 ruling

LANSING, Mich., October 31, 2019 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding today’s decision by Judge Michael Kelly ruling that the law passed in 2018 creating an authority to oversee the construction of a Line 5 pipeline tunnel is constitutional. The ruling was necessitated after Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel ruled that the law violated the Michigan constitution, and Governor Gretchen Whitmer suspended construction of the tunnel.  “I applaud today’s decision which upholds Michigan law and pushes back against an abuse of executive power.  Since taking office, Dana Nessel and Gretchen Whitmer have abused their power to push their progressive political agendas, instead of defending the laws of our state. I hope that they accept this ruling, and that construction can begin soon on a project which will bring jobs to Northern Michigan and help protect our Great Lakes.” More >

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Cox on Dategate: Fire Wiley and Friedrichs for Misconduct

LANSING, Mich., November 13, 2019 – On Wednesday, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox called on Mayor Mike Duggan to fire members of his administration embroiled in the "Dategate" including Ryan Friedrichs, the husband of Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Chief of Staff Alexis Wiley. Cox’s call for dismissals comes after The Detroit News reported on Tuesday that five of Duggan's aides were at the center of a search warrant executed on Friday by the Michigan Attorney General’s office. The warrant sought any and all electronic records associated with the Dategate scandal - records which Wiley and Friedrichs illegally ordered their staff to delete. “The deeper we get into this investigation of the 'Dategate' scandal, the clearer it becomes that Alexis Wiley and Ryan Friedrichs should be fired for misconduct and their lack of transparency,” said Laura Cox, Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. Cox continued, “It’s time that someone be held accountable for this troubling use of taxpayer resources and the massive cover-up that followed.” Last month, the Detroit Inspector General found that Friedrichs and other members of Duggan’s staff abused their offices when they ordered employees to delete public emails involving the scandal. However, instead of holding the staffers accountable, the mayor’s office assigned the staffers additional training. The matter is currently being further investigated by the Public Integrity Unit of the Attorney General's Office. More >

Cox Statement on 2nd Priorities USA Lawsuit

LANSING, Mich., November 13, 2019 – The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding the lawsuit filed today by liberal Super PAC Priorities USA, seeking to undermine two key provisions of Michigan election law - the prohibition on paid bussing to the polls, and removing restrictions on the ability of third parties to deliver absentee ballot applications to election officials. “This lawsuit is yet another example of the Democrats and their allies trying to weaken Michigan election laws that were put in place to stop voter fraud. In states without strong absentee ballot protections we have seen numerous examples of massive vote harvesting, and other forms of election fraud. The Michigan Republican Party will fight any attempt to undermine the integrity of our states elections or the security of our citizens ballots.” More >

Can Michigan Trust Whitmer?

LANSING, Mich., November 11, 2019 – State Budget negotiations broke down last week after Governor Gretchen Whitmer refused to relinquish controversial executive powers which she used to reallocate over $600 million in state budget funding. Whitmer’s refusal comes as Republicans fight to restore over $900 million which was vetoed by the governor. Much of which was needed by the state’s most vulnerable citizens and communities. While Whitmer has opposed signing any bill which limits her executive powers, she has pledged not to use her powers to reallocate any funding agreed to in this round of negations. This begs the question “can the people of Michigan trust Gretchen Whitmer not to break her promises?”    “History shows Governor Gretchen Whitmer cannot be trusted.” said Laura Cox Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “As a candidate for governor, Gretchen Whitmer made dozens of promises to the people of Michigan. These promises have since been broken in Governor Whitmer’s quest to impose a 45-cent gas tax that Michiganders don’t want. She has lied to our state’s most vulnerable citizens and held them hostage in a crisis of her own making. If Whitmer wants to restore her credibility, she must do the honorable thing and limit these controversial powers which have come under the criticism of both political parties.”  The Michigan Republican Party has attached to this release a document containing a list of promises broken by the Governor during her 11 months in power.    More >

Cox: “625 million reasons why the people of Michigan shouldn’t trust Governor Whitmer”

LANSING, Mich., November 5, 2019 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist’s letter to state legislators asking them to trust Governor Whitmer regarding her possible use of State Administrative Board transfers in 2020 budget negotiations.  “There are 625 million reasons why the people of Michigan shouldn’t trust Governor Whitmer to use her State Administrative Board transfers responsibly. The fact that she’s trying to solve this self-made crisis by getting her hands on the $947 million she vetoed is alarming. Gretchen Whitmer has shown that she couldn’t run a Lemonade stand let alone the State of Michigan. I’m sure her lack of credibility was what led to this letter being sent from Lt. Governor Gilchrist instead of the Governor herself.” More >

Cox Statement on Line 5 ruling

LANSING, Mich., October 31, 2019 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding today’s decision by Judge Michael Kelly ruling that the law passed in 2018 creating an authority to oversee the construction of a Line 5 pipeline tunnel is constitutional. The ruling was necessitated after Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel ruled that the law violated the Michigan constitution, and Governor Gretchen Whitmer suspended construction of the tunnel.  “I applaud today’s decision which upholds Michigan law and pushes back against an abuse of executive power.  Since taking office, Dana Nessel and Gretchen Whitmer have abused their power to push their progressive political agendas, instead of defending the laws of our state. I hope that they accept this ruling, and that construction can begin soon on a project which will bring jobs to Northern Michigan and help protect our Great Lakes.” More >

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