|Judge Clement with her family, and Gov. Snyder|
By Brandon Hall
(Email Him At WestMIPolitics@Gmail.com)
The Michigan Republican Party recently decided to leave Judge Elizabeth Clement off of literature being distributed by activists across the state as part of their "Results Not Resistance" campaign effort.
I will be the first to say the party has improved greatly under Ronna and Chairman Weiser, and I am not the biggest fan of Judge Clement, mainly for her ruling on the gun rights case before the Supreme Court recently.
When conservative grassroots activists expressed disappointment with that decision and talked about replacing her, establishment Republicans laughed.
Then she ruled to put "Voters Not Politicians" on the ballot, and the Lansing special interests went BALLISTIC! All of a sudden, the grassroots activists they were just mocking weren't so stupid after all.
However, no one made an effort to suspend the rules at convention and replace her. ANY delegate could have filed that motion, but none did. Despite some controversy, with no alternative, Clement won. Way she goes.
Now, party leaders say they are removing her from campaign lit because of concerns from "grassroots activists." Fake news. The party has pushed MANY candidates the grassroots vehemently disagreed with.
This was because of powerful connected groups like the Michigan Chamber and Freedom Fund, period. Don't be fooled into thinking it was because of the "grassroots."
More importantly though, what kind of precedent does this set?
Will the party abandon a future nominee for statewide office because they are too much of a grassroots, anti PC choice?
When party leaders start picking favorites, beware. What you're cheering for now may infuriate you later.
Clement won and she is our nominee, she should be on the literature.
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.