LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – One week after the midterm election which saw Michigan turn blue in the state’s top races and both chambers, some members of the Republican party appear to be ready for a shake-up.
Tudor Dixon, who lost her bid to unseat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, announced over the weekend she is considering running for Michigan GOP chair. She blasted party leadership which sent out a memo seemingly washing their hands of the defeat and blaming Dixon instead. The memo said that Dixon came in with less money in her coffers than past primary winners, yet did not offer why Michigan GOP did not fund the Dixon campaign.
Dixon stated the Michigan GOP, particularly Co-chairs Ron Weiser, Meshawn Maddock, and Chief of Staff Paul Cordes did not “take ownership for their own failures” and “fought against me every step of the way and put the entire ticket at risk.”
As of press time, Dixon has not officially declared a run for Michigan GOP chair. Ron Weiser announced he will not run for reelection for his seat.
Matt DePerno, who lost his race for Attorney General to Dana Nessel, announced on Monday afternoon his intentions to run for GOP chair.
We need a state party that will fight for the future of Michigan & lay the foundation to make Michigan red again in 2024 – and beyond.
That is why I am running for Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.
— Matthew DePerno for Michigan (@deperno4mi) November 14, 2022
Kristina Karamo, who lost to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, announced vague plans last week about her next steps, but stopped short of saying she will run for a Michigan GOP leadership position.
— Kristina Karamo (@KristinaKaramo) November 10, 2022
James Craig, former Detroit police chief and gubernatorial candidate who was bounced from the primary ballot for invalid and insufficient signatures, put rumors to rest Monday and said he will not run for Michigan GOP chair.
Michigan News Source reached out to the Michigan Democratic Party to clarify what is going on within their party concerning party leadership. They did not contact us by press time.