Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is reportedly in talks to be interviewed by the commission on Jan. 6, which could have ramifications for the Michigan gubernatorial election.
Reports this week revealed that DeVos, a conservative Michigan power broker, was in contact with a commission investigating the attack on the US Capitol in 2021. The Association cited multiple anonymous sources after interviewing former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. Both women were members of the former president’s cabinet and discussed invoking the 25th Amendment after the riots. I admitted that
If it unfolds, it could affect the Tudor Dixon campaign. Dixon is the Republican nominee for governor who will face off against Governor Gretchen Whitmer. DeVos’ endorsement of Dixon was a central component of the hard-won primary.
“I think the prospect of her cooperating on the Jan. 6 committee poses serious problems for Tutor Dixon’s candidacy,” said former MIGOP chairman of the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump conservative group. Co-founder Jeff Timmer said despite Trump’s endorsement, he said the backlash against DeVos in the primary had split the party’s most ardent supporters.
“Three out of five Republican voters chose a candidate other than Tudor Dixon. She still has work to do to strengthen the Republican base over her candidacy,” Timmer said. “Part of the objection many Republican voters had against Tudor Dixon was that Betsy DeVos endorsed them, and that Betsy DeVos potentially cooperated with the January 6th Commission. The fact that they are, contrary to Donald Trump’s wishes, is negatively affecting Tudor-Dixon…the way.”
In a statement, Dixon wrote: Drama doesn’t make schools better, communities safer, or economies better. These concerns are my focus and the reason I am running for governor.The media obsession with DC dramas is a reminder that Gretchen his Whitmer minds from the economic and emotional pain they have caused Michigans. It’s a distraction. ”
But Timmer said her job could still be cut by November.
“It’s highly unprecedented for a major party candidate to have this kind of potential split within their own base late in the election season after the primary,” Timmer said.
Dixon also hasn’t yet named a running mate she could go in a few different directions. Either appease a strong Trump support base or appease a more established running mate to appeal to the middle of the electorate. That decision was due to be made last week, but no announcement has been made so far, with 86 days left until the midterm elections.
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