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Oakland County political gossip

NOWHERE TO RUN

November 20, 2018

 

Poor, sad, lonely oil heiress Lena Epstein. First, she lost the Congressional campaign for the 11th District to Democrat Haley Stevens, turning the gerrymandered Republican seat, currently held by Republican Representative David Trott, blue. Then the Bloomfield Township Republican spent the day after the election calling GOP insiders to float her name as the next Michigan Republican Party chair – which word is, she has no chance at getting. A top Michigan Republican said, “She is the joke of the Republican Party. The party is not even considering her. I wouldn’t vote for her for Girl Scout leader. Hey, the President didn’t even endorse her (in her race for the 11th),” Instead, the competition to replace current Michigan Republican Party chair Ron Weiser in February looked to be between current Speaker of the House, and failed Attorney General candidate Tom Leonard (R-Dewitt) and state Representative Laura Cox (R-Livonia), who didn’t win her state Senate bid. In a statement, Cox said the election “was disappointing, but 2020 is right around the corner and we need to start working to make sure we win Michigan for President Trump.” Leonard similarly said his top priority as chairman “would be the reelection of President Donald J. Trump.” On November 14, the Trump campaign endorsed Cox – “and you fall in line when the President picks their chair,” a politico noted. Sure enough, on November 15, Leonard announced he was no longer running for the position. No word on Epstein, but the deed is done.

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