February 15, 2024

New Michigan GOP Chair Ousted

As I have stated in previous reports, GOP leadership right now is a hot mess.

That extends to state leadership, sadly, in states where we cannot afford to have issues.

At the top of that list is Michigan, where Michigan Republican Party Chair Kristina Karama has been ousted.

Karama has been removed after weeks of chaos in the state party, which resulted in a vote to remove her from office.

She’s Gone

Karamo’s removal is a disaster on many fronts for the Republican Party, so let’s get right into this.

In announcing Karamo’s removal, the RNC stated, “The committee on contests ruled that it is their belief that Karamo was removed as chair, and it was recommended to the RNC executive committee to ratify [Pete] Hoekstra as chair.

“The Executive Committee took action today to unanimously ratify Hoekstra as an RNC member as chair.”

First and foremost, this is another Trump-backed player that is not working out in leadership.

Trump endorsed Karamo when she first ran for the position because she denied the results of the 2020 election, but he has been painfully silent on her failures.

She was also pushing a very far-right agenda in a moderate state, clearly not reading the room correctly on Michigan conservatives.

In the process, she alienated both voters and big-money donors for the GOP.

Hoekstra is a former state representative in Michigan, and, as noted in the announcement, he will be taking over the chair duties at this point.

He stated, “It is time for the former Chair who was properly removed in accordance with the MIGOP bylaws to end her misinformation campaign.

“She should join the fight to re-elect Donald Trump rather than dividing this Party.”

A secondary problem is that the GOP is trying to draw in minorities to expand the party base in a demographic that is leaving the Democrat Party right now.

Karamo’s dismissal does not a good look, especially because she was in a leadership position, which could give some conservative minorities pauses for thought before jumping into party politics with both feet.

Let me be blunt… we cannot hold the House, retake the Senate, and win the White House with an all-or-nothing stance.

We have to get past 2020 and look forward, not back, and each state and district needs to be looked at individually because there is no one-size-fits-all solution here.

Republican leadership better wake up or they are going to blow yet another golden opportunity in 2024.

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