|Anuzis with Butina|
By Brandon Hall
(Email Him At WestMIPolitics@Gmail.com)
Michigan Republican activists and leaders had a little fun with former Michigan Republican Party Chair Saul Anuzis after news reports showed Anuzis pictured with alleged Russian spy Maria Butina, who was recently charged in federal court.
"Watch your back for Mueller, Saul!" one person joked.
The woman in question has attended many conservative events and has pictures with dozens of prominent Republicans, including Rick Santorum and Gov. Scott Walker.
According to the Detroit Free Press:
"A former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party who was photographed with an accused Russian secret agent said Tuesday he’s met Maria Butina a couple of times but has never had much of a conversation with her.
A photograph of Saul Anuzis and Butina began circulating on social media Monday after the U.S. Justice Department announced Butina had been arrested and charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation within the United States without prior notification to the Attorney General.
Anuzis said he remembers the photo being taken in 2016 or 2015 at the FreedomFest, an annual conservative gathering in Las Vegas.
"I met her a couple of times," Anuzis told the Free Press -- once at the FreedomFest and another time during a chance encounter at an airport. "I actually have never had much of a conversation with her, other than being introduced to her."__________________________________________________________________
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.