Saturday, July 23, 2016

Why Did Michigan Really Pass In Cleveland?

Trump's Michigan State Director Scott Hagerstrom looks on as MIGOP Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel announces Michigan's votes in Cleveland 

By Brandon Hall
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A small firestorm erupted this week after the Michigan delegation passed when the time came for our state to cast votes. Despite a flurry of rumors, the reason for the pass was to give New York a chance to put Trump over the top.

WMP has learned many states did not want to pass, but Michigan-along with Pennsylvania-were willing to help.
“We were asked by the Trump campaign to pass so New York could cast the votes to put him over the edge," said MIGOP Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel. "We were very happy to join Pennsylvania in offering this honor to our nominee, and we look forward to turning Michigan red in November.”

Romney received praise from across the delegation for her handling of the issue.

"Tonight I was touched when I heard why Ronna Ronna Romney McDaniel , our state chairwoman, announced that the great state of Michigan "passed" on reporting votes for Donald Trump, said Janine Renko Kateff. "I learned that it was to allow NY to be able to announce that they were the state that broke through the required number of votes needed to become the nominee. Ronna then circled back, and announced that Michigan delegates were wearing red shirts to honor Ohio to show them we will all need their votes for Donald Trump in November. Class act! Later I was stopped by some Ohio folks who said that was a classy thing to do and thanked us and wanted a picture!"

Cruz delegate Barbara Bookout also approved of the voting process.

"Thank you to Ronna Romney McDaniels for her straight up handling of the Michigan delegation vote process. My District and County voted for Senator Ted Cruz and I was proud to be one of 6 votes for Cruz in the Presidential Nomination."

Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Photo By Darlene Dowling Thompson


  1. She's just doing her job, with CLASS !

  2. Bookout is proud to vote for the loser in the primary season? Go figure.