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MIGOP Second Ballot Election Results

LANSING, Mich., February 6, 2021 – The following results are from the Michigan Republican Party 2021 Convention Second Ballot, which was held virtually today.


Outreach Vice-Chair:

Ty Bundy

Ethnic Vice-Chair:

Bernadette Smith



MIGOP First Ballot Election Results

LANSING, Mich., February 6, 2021 – The following results are from the Michigan Republican Party 2021 Convention which was held virtually today.

In addition, runoff elections will be held today in the following races: Outreach Vice-Chair and Ethnic Vice-Chair.


Chairman: Ron Weiser

Co-Chairman: Meshawn Maddock

Youth Vice-Chair: Paul Stephens

Coalitions Vice-Chair: Tami Carlone

Grassroots Vice-Chair: Marian Sheridan

Administrative Vice-Chair: Diane Schindlbeck

Runoff Elections will be held in the following races

Outreach Vice-Chair:

Ty Bundy

Brandon Brice

Ethnic Vice-Chair:

Bernadette Smith

Jamie Swafford


Weiser/Maddock with Landslide Victory in MRP Chair Race

LANSING, Mich., February 6, 2021 – Ron Weiser and new MIGOP Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock cruised to a 2:1 victory during Saturday's Michigan Republican Party Virtual Convention, earning 66% of the vote.

As one of the nation’s top Republican leaders, Weiser is entering his 3rd non-consecutive term at the helm of the Party, ready to make Gretchen Whitmer a one-term Governor. 

"Meshawn and I are honored and excited to lead the party over the next two critical years. Our overwhelming victory today is just the beginning. The beginning of our road to victory in 2022. The beginning of a better, brighter future for our children, for our families. The beginning of unifying our party. The skirmishes of yesterday are over. Our focus now rests on the great challenges before us: Rebuilding our party. Defeating Whitmer, Nessel, Benson and other far-left radicals. We must strengthen our House and Senate majorities. We must win back the Supreme Court and the Board of Education. The time is now to focus on the great challenges before us. We are unified by a common goal, a vital aspiration to improve our lives, our state and our nation. To that end, Meshawn and I have assembled an extraordinary team. We have a tremendous plan. And we will win in 2022."


MIRS Report On MIGOP Convention Results Inaccurate

LANSING, Mich., February 6, 2021 – The report released by MIRS declaring a winner in the MIGOP Convention race for Chair is not correct. Voting is still open until 6:00PM and no votes have been tabulated. Official results will come from the Michigan Republican Party.


ICYMI: State Fines Business Featured In Feel Good Story

LANSING, Mich., February 1, 2021 – In case you missed it, Charlie LeDuff reported in Deadline Detroit on Thursday that American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island in Detroit, were both visited by state officials after being featured in a feel-good video hosted by Barstool Sports Founder David Portnoy. Lafayette was fined $500 by the state. You can read the story below:


LeDuff: Feel-Good Videos About Downtown Detroit Coneys Have A Bitter Sequel

Charlie LeDuff, Deadline Detroit

It was a feel-good story in a town with too few of them. That is, until the the Covid police walked in and urinated in the pool of goodwill.

Last Friday, David Portnoy, the controversial founder of Barstool Sports, made a surprise call to Grace Keros, the owner of American Coney Island in downtown Detroit. 

Say about him what you will, but Portnoy has a charity – the Barstool Fund – that helps struggling restaurants and small business with a cash infusion. American Coney Island is its latest recipient.

Portnoy came downtown, visited both establishments, tried the dogs and posted videos that have been viewed millions of times.

And what do you know? Business has picked up.

The governor's people didn't see it that way. What they saw was Portnoy pulling down his mask and eating in a restaurant.

And that, apparently, was just too much. Against the executive orders. On Wednesday, an inspector from the city's health department -- working on orders from the state -- made a surprise inspection of both restaurants. The third time this month.

American Coney Island passed, but Keros was given a warning: No eating in the restaurant until Monday, when diners will be allowed back in at 25 percent capacity.

“Big government, they haven't done anything to help us,” said Keros, who now works the cash register since there is not enough business to pay an employee. “They just make it harder for us. It's kind of like they want to kill us.”

Lafayette wasn't so lucky. They were given a $500 ticket for wearing masks improperly. It should be pointed out that Whitmer served coney dogs last June at Lafayette in one of her public relations stunts. Some Lafayette employees were not wearing their masks properly then, either. And the governor was not wearing a hair net. (See video below)

You have to feel for the men at Lafayette. There are five partners with extended families to feed. Imagine the arguments over the past 10 months about whose nephew gets the Tuesday evening shift.

“What can you do,” said Audi Purovic, one of the partners, who doesn't plan to do any more videos anytime soon. “I don't want no problems with the government. No problems. But do you see video? More than 1,200 comments!”

It has always been a challenge doing business in downtown Detroit. And now with office workers and government clerks working from home or not at all, business to down to almost nothing.

So, instead of harassing two landmark establishments whose managers have conducted themselves with class, charity and diligence throughout the pandemic, the government ought to focus more on the business of governing. As I was interviewing Keros and Purovic, gunshots rang out from the parking structure across the street on Michigan Avenue.

Editor's Note: Deadline Detroit columnist Charlie LeDuff works part-time at American Coney Island.


Cox Statement On 48th Annual March For Life

LANSING, Mich., January 29, 2021 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox, regarding the 48th Annual March for Life, being held in Washington D.C. today.

“The March for Life began 48 years ago with the mission to save the lives of innocent unborn children, and that goal remains the same today. As a pro-life American, I could not be prouder of the progress we have made to protect life. The last 4 years saw one of the greatest pro-life administrations in our country’s history, with unwavering support for pro-life laws and the appointment of numerous pro-life judges.

The coming years will be difficult as we battle one of the most radical administrations in our nation’s history, but I am confident that with millions of pro-life Americans continuing to speak out, we will prevail in our goal of saving the lives of the unborn.”


Cox Statement On Whitmer State Of The State

LANSING, Mich., January 27, 2021 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox, regarding Governor Whitmer’s State of the State Address this evening.

“Over the past year, Governor Whitmer has left our state in disarray due to her failed leadership. Governor Whitmer has spent the last year ignoring the people’s representatives in government by refusing to work with the state legislature, implementing deadly policies like her nursing home strategy, and betraying the trust of voters with her administration’s lack of transparency. The only thing we need to hear from Governor Whitmer tonight is an apology.”


Whitmer’s State Of Disarray

LANSING, Mich., January 27, 2021 – Today, Governor Whitmer will give her State of the State Address, but over the last year, Michiganders have lived in a state of disarray, due to Whitmer’s failed COVID-19 response. It’s important to address the scope of these failures and the millions of lives affected by them.

The New York Times reported that as early as February, Governor Whitmer knew about the COVID-19 virus, but not only did she ignore the warnings, she continued campaigning with then-candidate Joe Biden across the State of Michigan through March. Whitmer even waited to disclose COVID cases in Michigan until polls closed the night of the Michigan Democrat Presidential Primary. Throughout the spring and summer, Whitmer wasted valuable time auditioning to be Joe Biden’s running mate.

Weeks later, Governor Whitmer would sign her first shutdown order, which began nearly a year of destruction to Michigan’s economy and the livelihoods of thousands. Despite her initial shutdown and the political grandstanding that came with it, Governor Whitmer forgot to request FEMA Aid, which would have helped accelerate the delivery of vital PPE and other COVID supplies. While she blamed others for her mistakes, Michiganders continued to suffer due to the incompetence of her administration.

Though Governor Whitmer continued to lecture the people of this state on the importance of complying with her executive orders, her husband became the center of attention, when it was revealed that he attempted to name drop his wife in order to skirt her executive orders and launch their boat.

Governor Whitmer could have listened to her critics and made the course correction needed to get our state back on track. Unfortunately, she doubled down on her failures, and those failures would soon turn deadly.

Early on, there were red flags with how Whitmer was approaching protecting our seniors from COVID, with reports suggesting infected seniors were being “hauled around like laundry bags”. It would come out weeks later, that Governor Whitmer ignored the recommendations of nursing home leaders to put infected seniors in vacant facilities, instead opting to put infected seniors into nursing homes with healthy seniors. If this wasn’t enough, nearly half of the facilities Governor Whitmer chose to put infected seniors in, received below-average quality ratings from the federal government. These decisions led to tragic consequences, with mass COVID outbreaks taking over nursing home facilities and a governor who left them unprepared and undersupplied to handle this crisis. Despite the now deadly results of this policy, and critics lamenting the damage she had done, Governor Whitmer inexplicably dug in her heels, vetoing legislation that would undo her failed nursing home policy; which would have prevented further death and destruction from occurring. This decision to veto such an important piece of legislation came over a month after she admitted to mishandling the COVID crisis.

This tragic loss of life affected thousands of Michigan families, yet Governor Whitmer’s failed leadership continued in many other areas. Her insistence on keeping Michigan’s children out of schools, despite experts rejection of the policy, has done immeasurable damage to their development, and has disproportionally affected underprivileged communities.

Michigan’s economy continues to suffer as a result of Governor Whitmer’s failed leadership, which has destroyed the livelihoods of thousands in our state. Michigan restaurants challenged Governor Whitmer’s policies, calling them unconstitutional and warning of the irreparable damage that continued forced closures would have on the industry. These policies destroyed businesses and the jobs they created for the Michigan economy, yet Governor Whitmer took action late last year to veto unemployment benefits for the workers her shutdown policies affected.

While the failures of Governor Whitmer have piled up to extraordinary levels, one of the biggest issues to come from all of this is the complete disregard for transparency throughout this process. This crisis has created numerous scenarios of questionable dealings behind closed doors, such as Governor Whitmer giving a no-bid contract to her Democrat allies early in the COVID crisis. In another revelation, a recent report from an audit of the state’s COVID response has shown that taxpayers were scammed out of thousands of dollars in PPE funds, and that the state actively used shadow organizations to avoid oversight. More recently, Governor Whitmer’s head of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services abruptly resigned, with the Governor dodging questions as to why this occurred.

This past year has been a series of tragic failure in leadership from Governor Whitmer. The people of Michigan have a right to know what happened, and why these bad decisions were made. Tonight, the people of Michigan want answers, but it’s unlikely Governor Whitmer will respect the people and give them the answers they deserve.


Audit Shows Whitmer Failures In COVID Response

LANSING, Mich., January 26, 2021 – This morning, The Detroit Free Press highlighted that a report by Auditor General Doug Ringler revealed that the state of Michigan had no oversight or controls when purchasing vital supplies of PPE, and other items to battle the COVID-19 virus.

The report says that Governor Whitmer’s administration “allowed state employees to share state credit cards and wired tens of millions of dollars to suppliers before the requested goods were received.”  Furthermore, they “did not have comprehensive emergency procurement policies and procedures in place prior to the COVID-19 emergency, resulting in increased risks for fraud, waste, and loss of funds.”. In addition, a report released by MIRS today revealed that the state was scammed out of nearly $25,000 when attempting to purchase PPE equipment.

“Governor Whitmer has time and again refused calls for transparency in her administration and this new report showing the disaster that is her COVID-19 response explains why.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “In light of these new revelations, I am continuing my call for Governor Whitmer to immediately sign an executive order, subjecting her administration to the Freedom of Information Act, so that the people of Michigan can know the truth of what her administration has done during this pandemic.”


Whitmer Makes Headlines For All The Wrong Reasons

LANSING, Mich., January 26, 2021 –Governor Whitmer made headlines for all the wrong reasons yesterday, after she repeatedly refused to answer questions surrounding the sudden resignation of the head of Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services, Robert Gordon. Here is what various media outlets had to say:

The Michigan Republican Party has repeatedly called on Governor Whitmer to fulfill her campaign promise of increasing transparency within her administration, she has yet to do so.