|Matt Maddock, left, with wife Meshawn, and Corey Lewandowski at Battlecry|
By Brandon Hall
(Email Him At WestMIPolitics@Gmail.com)
Matt Maddock is on the verge of raising over $100,000 for his State House campaign.
Maddock's wife Meshawn made the announcement in a recent Facebook statement, saying her husband has raised $85,000 with more on the way.
That's bad news for Liz Fessler Smith if she is thinking about getting in the race.
Smith, a controversial figure in the area, recently came under fire for attending a school meeting in Waterford about bullying and was apparently collecting data from attendees, which many found extremely distasteful-especially if she plans to use it for political purposes. She is rumored to be considering jumping in.
Maddock, a small business owner, has been involved in leading many well known grassroots groups, including Michigan Trump Republicans, Michigan Conservative Coalition, and the 11th Congressional District Majority Committee. He also helped organize Battlecry, the biggest annual conservative conference in Michigan.
Maddock hopes to replace Jim Runestad, who is running for State Senate. Maddock has raised more than any non-incumbent running for State House, a fact that leaves the Lansing status quo and their lobbyists trembling. They'll have to spend serious money to sink Maddock, especially with his reputation for hitting doors.
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.