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If John James – or any other Republican – is going to get elected to any state or local office in 2022, they need a strong party chair behind them. Many state Republicans – and Democrats – have been shaking their heads since state GOP party co-chair Ron Weiser used questionable judgement in late March at a North Oakland Republican Club meeting when he called Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana Nessel, all Democrats, the “three witches,” and said the only way to take out more centrist Michigan Republicans was “assassination.” While state Democrats called for him to resign, as did fellow University of Michigan regents, Weiser may have been playing to the crowd. Republican Bloomfield Township Trustee Michael Schostak noted Weiser made “Women for Trump” Meshawn Maddock of Milford his co-chair because she was primed to run against him for the top spot, and with the state party inhabited with far right Trumpsters, “she would have won.” Maddock’s husband, state Rep. Matt “Maddog” Maddock (R-Milford) co-sponsored a resolution to impeach Whitmer in November 2020, which went nowhere, and tried to overturn Michigan’s electoral college vote.


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