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Cox Statement On The Passing of Senator Casperson

LANSING, Mich., November 29, 2020 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox, regarding the passing of Former Senator Tom Casperson. “I am incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of my friend, Senator Tom Casperson, after his long battle with cancer. I had the distinct pleasure of serving with him in the legislature, and I was always inspired by his commitment to our shared values and to the people of Michigan. Tom Casperson will be remembered for his dedicated service to the Upper Peninsula, and he will stand as an example for future generations of public servants looking to better their communities. On behalf of all Michigan Republicans, I want to send our most heartfelt condolences to Senator Casperson’s family and friends.” More >

Cox Statement on James Announcement

LANSING, Mich., November 24, 2020 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox, regarding John James’ announcement that he has conceded the race for the United States Senate. “John James’ life of service sacrifice and selflessness has inspired millions of Michiganders. His record as a military veteran and business leader makes him the type of person Michigan needs fighting for us. I want to congratulate my friend John on an extraordinarily hard-fought campaign. John has cemented himself as an all-star in the Republican Party, and I know I speak for all Republicans when I say we cannot wait to see what’s next for John James.” More >

Tlaib Accused of Anti-Semitism

LANSING, Mich., November 24, 2020 – After Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate a Jewish candidate, Antony Blinken, as his Secretary of State, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s response led many to accuse her of anti-Semitism.   Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib reacted to the announcement of Joe Biden’s intention to nominate a Jewish Secretary of State candidate saying, "So long as he doesn't suppress my First Amendment right to speak out against Netanyahu's racist and inhumane policies. The Palestinian people deserve equality and justice,". According to Fox News, her comments were met with outrage from members of the Jewish community, with the founder of Americans Against Anti-Semitism, Dov Hikind, stating “Biden names a Jew to his cabinet. What’s Rashida’s response?! 'Welp, as long as that Judische pick doesn’t stop me from focusing my hatred on one country, Israel, then he’s a good Jew!'”.   “Yet again, Michiganders are embarrassed by Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, who does not even attempt to veil her anti-Semitic attacks against the Jewish people.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “Anti-Semitism has no place in our state or country, and I call on all Democrats to condemn Tlaib’s blatantly anti-Semitic comments, and for Tlaib to apologize immediately.” More >

Cox Remarks To The State Board Of Canvassers

LANSING, Mich., November 23, 2020 – The following remarks were delivered by Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox at today’s State Board of Canvassers meeting.   “I am asking you to consider delaying certification.  There are too many questions that need to be answered regarding this election. Too many numerical anomalies and credible reports of procedural irregularities.  We need to remove the distrust and sense of procedural disenfranchisement felt by many Michigan voters in place. This vote will be certified, and the will of the people will be upheld.  But we need to ensure there is a fair and accurate vote count first.    This election had its issues. At every step this election process has been stacked against Republicans.  Starting with the challenger process.   Every election, the Michigan Republican Party chair signs credentials for thousands of Republicans who volunteer to observe and challenge the election counting process to uphold the integrity of the vote.  This year, I was honored to perform that duty and thousands showed up across the state.   The majority of election officials treated all challengers regardless of party with dignity and respect and let them participate meaningfully in the process. One location and one jurisdiction stood out above others as being inhospitable and hostile to Republican challenges—the TCF Center.   From the moment issues started until today, the reaction from the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and partisan Democrats has been antagonistic, belligerent and disrespectful.  I appreciate the hard work of election officials... More >

Democrats Hide From Past Criticism Of Detroit Elections

LANSING, Mich., November 23, 2020 – Democrats have spent the better part of the month criticizing Republicans for exposing the unacceptably high level of election irregularities in Detroit, despite the fact that earlier this year, they too voiced the same concerns. According to the Detroit News, back in August “All four members of the State Board of Canvassers… blasted problems with counting ballots in Detroit's primary election as ‘alarming’ and ‘concerning’,". The article went on to highlight comments from Democrat canvassers stating, “Board Chairwoman Jeannette Bradshaw, a Democrat, added the situation was ‘very alarming’ and ‘disheartening’”, and quoted Julie Matuzak, a Democratic board member, as saying “I find this whole thing appalling”. “While Republicans have fought expose the truth of what has happened in Detroit during the election and the days that followed, the Democrats have cowered away from their duty to stand up for the integrity of our elections.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “The Michigan Republican Party will continue to stand strong in our fight to uncover the truth and restore dignity and trust in our elections here in Michigan.” More >

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Cox Statement On The Passing of Senator Casperson

LANSING, Mich., November 29, 2020 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox, regarding the passing of Former Senator Tom Casperson. “I am incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of my friend, Senator Tom Casperson, after his long battle with cancer. I had the distinct pleasure of serving with him in the legislature, and I was always inspired by his commitment to our shared values and to the people of Michigan. Tom Casperson will be remembered for his dedicated service to the Upper Peninsula, and he will stand as an example for future generations of public servants looking to better their communities. On behalf of all Michigan Republicans, I want to send our most heartfelt condolences to Senator Casperson’s family and friends.” More >

Cox Statement on James Announcement

LANSING, Mich., November 24, 2020 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox, regarding John James’ announcement that he has conceded the race for the United States Senate. “John James’ life of service sacrifice and selflessness has inspired millions of Michiganders. His record as a military veteran and business leader makes him the type of person Michigan needs fighting for us. I want to congratulate my friend John on an extraordinarily hard-fought campaign. John has cemented himself as an all-star in the Republican Party, and I know I speak for all Republicans when I say we cannot wait to see what’s next for John James.” More >

Tlaib Accused of Anti-Semitism

LANSING, Mich., November 24, 2020 – After Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate a Jewish candidate, Antony Blinken, as his Secretary of State, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s response led many to accuse her of anti-Semitism.   Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib reacted to the announcement of Joe Biden’s intention to nominate a Jewish Secretary of State candidate saying, "So long as he doesn't suppress my First Amendment right to speak out against Netanyahu's racist and inhumane policies. The Palestinian people deserve equality and justice,". According to Fox News, her comments were met with outrage from members of the Jewish community, with the founder of Americans Against Anti-Semitism, Dov Hikind, stating “Biden names a Jew to his cabinet. What’s Rashida’s response?! 'Welp, as long as that Judische pick doesn’t stop me from focusing my hatred on one country, Israel, then he’s a good Jew!'”.   “Yet again, Michiganders are embarrassed by Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, who does not even attempt to veil her anti-Semitic attacks against the Jewish people.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “Anti-Semitism has no place in our state or country, and I call on all Democrats to condemn Tlaib’s blatantly anti-Semitic comments, and for Tlaib to apologize immediately.” More >

Cox Remarks To The State Board Of Canvassers

LANSING, Mich., November 23, 2020 – The following remarks were delivered by Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox at today’s State Board of Canvassers meeting.   “I am asking you to consider delaying certification.  There are too many questions that need to be answered regarding this election. Too many numerical anomalies and credible reports of procedural irregularities.  We need to remove the distrust and sense of procedural disenfranchisement felt by many Michigan voters in place. This vote will be certified, and the will of the people will be upheld.  But we need to ensure there is a fair and accurate vote count first.    This election had its issues. At every step this election process has been stacked against Republicans.  Starting with the challenger process.   Every election, the Michigan Republican Party chair signs credentials for thousands of Republicans who volunteer to observe and challenge the election counting process to uphold the integrity of the vote.  This year, I was honored to perform that duty and thousands showed up across the state.   The majority of election officials treated all challengers regardless of party with dignity and respect and let them participate meaningfully in the process. One location and one jurisdiction stood out above others as being inhospitable and hostile to Republican challenges—the TCF Center.   From the moment issues started until today, the reaction from the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and partisan Democrats has been antagonistic, belligerent and disrespectful.  I appreciate the hard work of election officials... More >

Democrats Hide From Past Criticism Of Detroit Elections

LANSING, Mich., November 23, 2020 – Democrats have spent the better part of the month criticizing Republicans for exposing the unacceptably high level of election irregularities in Detroit, despite the fact that earlier this year, they too voiced the same concerns. According to the Detroit News, back in August “All four members of the State Board of Canvassers… blasted problems with counting ballots in Detroit's primary election as ‘alarming’ and ‘concerning’,". The article went on to highlight comments from Democrat canvassers stating, “Board Chairwoman Jeannette Bradshaw, a Democrat, added the situation was ‘very alarming’ and ‘disheartening’”, and quoted Julie Matuzak, a Democratic board member, as saying “I find this whole thing appalling”. “While Republicans have fought expose the truth of what has happened in Detroit during the election and the days that followed, the Democrats have cowered away from their duty to stand up for the integrity of our elections.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “The Michigan Republican Party will continue to stand strong in our fight to uncover the truth and restore dignity and trust in our elections here in Michigan.” More >

Joint Letter From Ronna McDaniel and Laura Cox

Saturday, November 21, 2020 - The following is a joint letter issued by Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox to the Michigan Board of State Canvassers. To the Members of the Board of State Canvassers: This board faces a stark choice: it can either ignore numerical anomalies and credible reports of procedural irregularities, leaving the distrust and sense of procedural disenfranchisement felt by many Michigan voters to fester for years; or it can adjourn for fourteen days to allow for a full audit and investigation into those anomalies and irregularities before certifying the results of the 2020 General Election, allowing all Michiganders to have confidence in the results. On behalf of the Republican National Committee (“RNC”) and Michigan Republican Party (“MRP”) , we encourage the Board to grant the request made by John James for Senate, Inc. (“James Campaign”) and adjourn for fourteen days to allow for a full, transparent audit of Wayne County’s 2020 General Election results. We echo the concerns voiced by the James Campaign and Mr. James in their request and letter of November 20, 2020. The procedural and accounting irregularities identified by the James Campaign’s request are credible, deeply concerning, and threaten to undermine Michigander’s faith in the integrity of the November 2020 General Election. To simply gloss over those irregularities now without a thorough audit would only foster feelings of distrust among Michigan’s electorate. In light of the already unprecedented nature of this election—conducted largely by mail in... More >

MIGOP Demands Audit Of Wayne County Election Results

LANSING, Mich., November 20, 2020 – On Tuesday evening, the Wayne County Board of Canvassers passed a resolution calling for Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to audit the election results in Wayne County, and the Michigan Republican Party demands that she follow through. When it became clear that 70% of the Detroit absentee counting boards were out of balance, the Wayne County Board of Canvassers agreed unanimously to request an audit of the Wayne County election results. This comes after the Secretary of State’s office pledged to help fix the issues faced by Wayne County in the August 2020 primary, where 72% of the Detroit absentee counting boards were out of balance. They failed to do so. “Jocelyn Benson has shirked her responsibility as Secretary of State for far too long, and we are demanding she follow through on an audit of the Wayne County election results.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “We are putting Benson on notice, the Michigan Republican Party will exhaust every legal option to ensure that we uncover the truth of what happened on election night and the days that followed. We will be holding her feet to the fire so that she will do her job and audit this vote.” More >

Letter From Chairman Cox: The Fight Is Not Over

Fellow Republicans,  This FIGHT is not over! From voting software giving thousands of President Trump’s votes to Joe Biden, to miscalled races across the state, and the complete lack of transparency by elected officials at TCF Center in Detroit – we will not stop until these issues are investigated and the wrongs righted. While we continue to fight for President Trump and John James in the courts, I want to celebrate the victories the Democrats could not steal from us. I raised and spent more funds than any other Chairman in the last 15 years, nearly $33,000,000. We also expanded our grassroots army online, adding 5,500 new members and raising over $1,100,000 in small donations – nearly doubling totals from the 2018 cycle. With your help, we built the largest field operation in Michigan’s history, and made over 9,000,000 voter contacts. We opened more Trump Victory offices than ever before, and it was last reported that President Trump earned more than 2,649,000 votes – more than any Republican candidate in history.  And the fight continues. We were also able to knock off 2 incumbent Democrat State Representatives to maintain our 58-52 majority in the State House. We made gains in the U.S. House of Representatives, taking back the 3rd Congressional District to and continuing the fight against Nancy Pelosi. We were able to flip one Democrat held seat on each of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees, University of Michigan Board of Regents, and the Wayne State Board of Governors to gain 3 statewide... More >

Wayne County Canvassers Rescind Certification

LANSING, Mich., November 19, 2020 – In affidavits released last night, Wayne County Canvassers Monica Palmer and William Hartmann rescinded their votes to certify the election results in Wayne County. In her affidavit, Palmer states, “The [public] comments made accusations of racism and threatened me and members of my family.”, she continued saying “I believed I had no choice but to certify the results despite my desire to oppose certification based on the incomplete record.” after being falsely told by Wayne County counsel Janet Anderson-Davis that she did not have that discretion.   William Hartmann cited the same reasoning in his affidavit, stating “Ms. Anderson-Davis told us that we must vote to certify on that night.” and that “we were informed that this consideration was outside the scope of the Board’s authority.”, which proved to be untrue.   “After hours of threats and slander by Democrat plants, the Wayne County Board of Canvassers was intimidated into certifying the election results, despite 70% of Detroit’s absentee counting boards having irregularities.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “I applaud these canvassers for trying to rescind their certification votes. The Michigan Republican Party condemns the actions of Democrats and we will continue to fight for transparency and integrity in Wayne County elections. The Republican canvassers simply want to extend the canvass to provide more answers and a fair, accurate election count.  That is reasonable action. I condemn the threats and intimidation that happened.  There is no place in decent society for... More >

Cox Statement on Wayne County Board of Canvassers Meeting

LANSING, Mich., November 17, 2020 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox, regarding the Wayne County Board of Canvassers meeting today where they failed to certify the election results in Wayne County.   “The people of Michigan deserve to know what happened in Wayne County on Election Day and the days following. I am proud that, due to the efforts of the Michigan Republican Party, the Republican National Committee and the Trump Campaign, enough evidence of irregularities and potential voter fraud was uncovered resulting in the Wayne County Board of Canvassers refusing to certify their election results. This action will allow more time for us to get to the bottom of these deeply troubling irregularities. The people of Michigan deserve fair, open and transparent elections, and we will continue to fight for just that.” More >

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