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When you’re running for something like state party chair, the thought is you should set an example for others in your party – hypothetically, at least. Seems candidate Gina Barr, a Republican activist from Pontiac, who is running for chair of the Michigan GOP along with John Akouri as co-chair, failed to disclose some financial problems on her party candidate affidavit form – a big no-no, according to MIRS, a news and analysis of state government. MIRS pointed out that while Barr listed a 2008 home foreclosure, she failed to report not only a 2004 bankruptcy, but a recent (2016 and 2017) court action regarding non-payment of rent. Barr is running for the top state GOP spot against former state Rep. Laura Cox and Terry Bowman, her co-chair candidate, who has been racking up endorsements, including former AG (and gubernatorial candidate) Bill Schuette, 2018 Secretary of State candidate Mary Treder Lang, former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, and loads of Republican congressmen and state legislators. Even President Trump’s 2020 campaign chair Brad Parscale has given Cox the nod. Those attending the Michigan GOP 2019 convention February 22-23 will have the final vote, but our money is on Cox.


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