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Plagiarism Joe

LANSING, Mich., June 5, 2019 –The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding revelations that Democrat presidential frontrunner Joe Biden plagiarized portions of his policy agenda. This is not the first-time Biden has come under attack for plagiarism. Biden was forced to drop out of the 1988 Presidential race when it was found that he had lifted portions of his speeches from other politicians such as Robert Kennedy, Hubert Humphry and Neil Kinnock. While attending law school Biden also used five pages from a legal review without attribution.

“Not only are Joe Biden’s ideas wrong, sadly they are also stolen. The people of Michigan want real leadership in the White House, not a recycled Washington politician who is running on recycled ideas. Michigan can’t afford a return to the policies of the Obama/Biden administration. A playbook which Joe Biden would apparently copy verbatim.”


Sen. Warren's Apathetic Attempt in Michigan

LANSING, Mich., June 4, 2019 – The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding Senator Warren's Presidential Campaign stops in Michigan.

Whether it's vouching for a complete government takeover of healthcare, increasing taxes, or pushing the job-killing Green New Deal -- Senator Warren has proved just how out of touch she is with the voters of Michigan. In a last-ditch effort to save her struggling campaign, I find it laughable that the Senator has decided to come and try to pitch radical policies that would cripple Michigan's farming, manufacturing, and auto-industries."


Open Borders Inslee to Campaign in Michigan

LANSING, Mich., June 4, 2019 –The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding Governor Jay Inslee’s Presidential campaign stop in Michigan today.

"As a former federal immigration agent, I am deeply disturbed that Governor Inslee refuses to enforce our nation’s immigration laws. Last month, Inslee signed a bill which makes Washington a sanctuary state and is nothing more than a desperate attempt to pander to the radical left. Their goal of open borders puts American jobs at risk and that’s why President Trump is fighting to solve the crisis at our southern border once and for all.”  


ICYMI: Slotkin's Discrepancies

In case you missed it, the Washington Free Beacon reported today that there is a discrepancy in resumes Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin used, which show she held vastly different positions early in her career. One resume shows she worked for "a professional body representing the Palestinian minority in Israel in all matters related to education." While the other shows her working as "a grant writer for Isha L'Isha (Women to Women), which describes itself as "the oldest grassroots feminist organization in Israel and one of the leading voices of women's rights in the country." Why aren’t these resumes the same and what is Elissa Slotkin hiding?

Discrepancy In Slotkin’s Resumes On Israeli-Palestinian Work

Entries show work for both Palestinian and Israeli groups during Second Intifada

Two resumes from Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D., Mich.) offer different accounts of an early point in her career, raising questions about which version is most accurate and if there are political reasons why the two CVs do not match exactly.

The discrepancy is also drawing some criticism from pro-Israel quarters.

When the Michigan Democrat was being considered for assistant secretary of state in 2012, a resume she submitted as part of her application claimed that circa 2000-2001 she had served as a grant writer for the Follow-Up Committee on Arab Education (FUCAE). That group's website says it "is a professional body representing the Palestinian minority in Israel in all matters related to education."

However, her current work history on her LinkedIn profile for the same time period does not reference FUCAE, and instead says she worked as a grant writer for Isha L'Isha (Women to Women), which describes itself as "the oldest grassroots feminist organization in Israel and one of the leading voices of women's rights in the country."

Slotkin is Jewish, and is among the crop of freshman in the house who helped Democrats gain a majority in the lower chamber last November.

Her congressional office did not return requests for comment about the discrepancy.

Taken together, the resumes portray Slotkin as working both for a pro-Palestinian organization as well as an Israeli organization at a time marred by the emergence of the "Second Intifada," a wave of violence between Palestinians and Israelis.

The LinkedIn profile gives little description into the work for Isha L'Isha.

In the 2012 resume, she listed her title with FUCAE as the director of development, adding:

"Served as lead grant-writer and spokesperson for a Palestinian civil rights organization during the second intifada. Travelled regularly between Israel and the West Bank reporting on the civil rights status of Palestinians and Arab-Israelis, produced reports on conditions on the ground, briefed NGO, U.N. and international delegations on fast-changing events, and strategized with Israeli and Palestinian leaders and other non-profits on how to advocate more effectively for civil rights."

Rabbi Steve Burg, CEO for the pro-Israel group Aish HaTorah, said he finds Slotkin's work for FUCAE troubling, saying the group exposed themselves as anti-Israel just a handful of years later when the "High Follow-up Committee" published a manifesto.

"Included in the manifesto—the first ever produced by the community's supreme political body, known as the High Follow-Up Committee—are calls for Israel to be reformed from a Jewish state that privileges its Jewish majority into ‘a state of all its citizens' and for sweeping changes to a national system of land control designed to exclude Palestinian citizens from influence," said a reportfrom Al-Ahram.

"The document is likely to further increase tensions between the Israeli government and the country's Palestinian minority, and has already been roundly condemned in the Hebrew media," the report added.

The Follow-Up Committee on Arab Education was a smaller "steering committee" of the larger body, according to the 2006 "Future Vision" document.

"It's an organization that, I don't think they're elected, but it has some kind of NGO [non-governmental organization] representative status,""Burg told theWashington Free Beacon by phone. "But when you take the stance that Israel should not be a Jewish state, it says a lot about you. It comes across as advocating for education of Palestinians, but their stance seems to be much more about taking away the Jewish character of Israel than to advocate for the Palestinians."

Burg also said Slotkin's work for the group when set against the historical backdrop of the emergence of the Second Intifada is concerning to him as well.

"A person has a certain set of life experiences, and that’s not to say that someone's not different 20 years ago, when they're learning, they're growing, et cetera," Burg said.

"A person has to be very honest and straight about it. If these are your experiences or passions, if this is what you've done, you've got to—especially when you're a public servant—be forthcoming."

"We want to know, ‘what has contributed to who you are today?' And to play a cat-and-mouse game with these kinds of experiences overseas is certainly extraordinarily problematic. And it kind of smells like catering to different constituencies in different ways."

Both resumes become largely congruent again when the chronology picks back up in May of 2002, in which she lists on both that she worked for the U.S. State Department as a political affairs officer. The formal resume Slotkin created for the 2012 application noted that work was as an intern, while her LinkedIn profile omits that information.

The Executive Services Directorate had previously released Slotkin's 2012 resume along with hundreds of others in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.


Cox Statement on passage of No-Fault Relief

LANSING, Mich., May 24, 2019 – The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding the No-Fault Auto Insurance Relief package which passed the Michigan House and Senate today.

“Michigan Republicans have delivered a historic victory for the hardworking families of our state. I would like to congratulate Majority Leader Shirkey, Speaker Chatfield, and the members of the Republican caucus for fulfilling their promise to make auto insurance affordable for the people of Michigan.”   


MRP Statement on Redistricting Stay

LANSING, Mich., May 24, 2019 – The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding the US Supreme Court’s decision to issue a stay in the Michigan Redistricting Lawsuit.

“The Michigan redistricting lawsuit is simply a desperate attempt by partisan Democrats to redraw our state’s legislative lines two years early. Their political games would disenfranchise Michigan voters and force early elections. I applaud the United State Supreme Court’s decision to issue a stay in the case. This will allow our legislature to continue focusing on getting things done for the people of Michigan, instead of unnecessary partisan battles over political maps.”   


Dana’s Dangerous Partisan Precedent

Dana’s Dangerous Partisan Precedent

LANSING, Mich., May 22, 2019 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s ruling which calls into question the constitutionality of Public Act 608 of 2018. The act set forth rules for the gathering of State petitions. Previously, Nessel has used the same process to strike down other laws enacted by Republicans.

“Yet again, Dana Nessel has decided to throw out a law she doesn’t support on purely partisan grounds, and to help Democrats gain an advantage under our State’s election laws.  The job of the Michigan Attorney General is to enforce Michigan’s laws, not create them. Dana Nessel has established a dangerous precedent which undermines the elected representatives of our state, and gives the Attorney General’s office almost unlimited power. This is not what government for the people looks like, and Michigan voters should be disgusted.”   


CBS News: Americans feel good about economy and give Trump credit

LANSING, Mich., May 22, 2019 – The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding a new CBS News Poll which shows that the vast majority of Americans (71%) feel the “condition of U.S. economy is good”. The poll also showed that 85% of those surveyed give President Trump full or partial credit for the U.S. economies’ improved performance.

“The CBS News headline speaks for itself. Americans are excited about our booming economy, and know that they have President Trump to thank. The President promised Michiganders he would fight to put them back to work and his effort have resulted in more jobs, higher pay and billions in new investment within our state. Michiganders remember the economic chaos of the Obama/Biden years and we are not going back."



Cox Applauds Inman Removal

LANSING, Mich., May 21, 2019 – The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding Larry Inman’s removal from the Michigan Republican House Caucus.

“Republicans are committed to honest government which puts the needs of the people first. I applaud the Michigan House Republican Caucus for removing Larry Inman, who is accused of violating this trust.”   


MRP calls on Democrats to Censure Tlaib

LANSING, Mich., May 12, 2019 – The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s recent appearance on the Yahoo News podcast "Skullduggery" in which the congresswoman stated, “There’s always kind of a calming feeling, I tell folks, when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people's passports, and, just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time.”

“Anti-Semitism and hate have no place in civilized discourse. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats have failed our nation by repeatedly ignoring despicable comments from members of their caucus. This dereliction of duty is unacceptable. It’s time to hold Rashida Tlaib accountable by censuring the Congresswoman for her recent comments. Anything less is a sign that anti-Semitism is acceptable within today’s Democrat Party.”