LANSING, MI — Michigan Republicans have struggled to find a strong candidate willing to oppose Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in her bid for reelection in 2022, but some recent reports suggest that could be changing.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Wednesday reportedly said she has considered stepping down from her current position in order to challenge Whitmer in 2022, according to a report by Politico's Alex Isenstadt.
The report cited remarks made during a closed-door meeting held Wednesday with members of the RNC in Dallas. According to the report, McDaniel became emotional at the meeting when describing how her two children have been unable to return to in-person learning and how Whitmer has 'severely mishandled the coronavirus pandemic.'
How serious McDaniel was when she made comments about potentially sparking a campaign remains unclear, the report submits, with sources telling Politico that the comments may have been made more out of frustration than sincere intention.
Ronna Romney McDaniel (born March 20, 1973) is an American politician and political strategist serving as Chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) since 2017. A member of the Republican Party and the Romney family, she was Chair of the Michigan Republican Party from 2015 to 2017. Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said on this week’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday” that the press showed itself not to be “free and fair” by ignoring the allegations of corruption against Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s son Hunter. McDaniel, who was one of the members of the President’s inner circle to become afflicted with the Coronavirus following his own diagnosis, took to Twitter on Saturday to state that Joe Biden, the. RONNA McDANIEL: As our country is divided, like we've never been before, rhetoric matters. And she hasn't had her Twitter account suspended, yet her rhetoric is divisive, and it is hurting our country. The Republican Party has no place for white supremacists, that is very clear. We have made that very clear.
McDaniel, 48, has been chairwoman of the RNC since 2017. A member of the Romney family, she has Republican ties to Michigan and was the chair of the Michigan Republican Party from 2015-17.
Michigan Republican officials have struggled to find a big-name candidate to run against Whitmer in 2022. Rumors that Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller would run were dismissed in January when the purported 'dream candidate' said she was not interested in campaigning.
Her name had been mentioned with the likes of Lee Chatfield and John James as potential candidates, although neither has shown strong interest in running.
Michigan Senate Majority leader Mike Shirkey also has had his name tossed around as a potential candidate, although he previously told The Detroit News that he has 'no interest' in running for governor.
This comes as Whitmer, already heavily criticized by many on the political right for her actions amid the coronavirus pandemic, moves that included executive orders closing businesses and requiring face coverings, has drawn more flak following reports that she had traveled out of state amid the pandemic to visit her chronically ill father in Florida.
McDaniel was one of the first national political names who criticized Whitmer, blasting her in a social media post on Twitter.
'Once again, @GovWhitmer has been caught refusing to abide by her own draconian orders,' she said. 'Michigan cannot tolerate her failed leadership any longer.'
Ronna Romney McDaniel, the chairperson of the Republican National Committee, on Sunday faced backlash after suggesting that '82% of Americans' make more than $400,000 per year.
In a tweet on Sunday, McDaniel pointed to a video clip from a conservative media group, which asserted that 'middle income earners' will see a tax increase under a Joe Biden presidency. However, Biden has said that he will not raise taxes on individuals making less than $400,0000 per year.
'Joe Biden would raise taxes on 82% of Americans, and we cannot afford it!' McDaniel wrote.
Joe Biden would raise taxes on 82% of Americans, and we cannot afford it! https://t.co/b81J9a3pjx
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) October 11, 2020
Dozens of comments pointed out that most Americans do not make over $400,000 per year.
Read some of the remarks below.
Oh come on Ronna— get some rest.
Not now please
— CB— (@ConservBlue2020) October 11, 2020
Fact Check: Still Not True.
— Chidi®️ (@ChidiNwatu) October 11, 2020
No. FewI know make over $400,000 a year. And they are certainly not middle class. That is the top 1% of wage earners. At 2000 hours a year, that is $200 an hour. How many of you earn that????????????
— Margot Durkin (@mrsdurkinmuses) October 11, 2020
If 82% made OVER 400k, then we'd damn well better agree to have taxes raised, cause we'd be wallowing in abundance.
Oh wait, the super rich who make over that want to selfishly hoard wealth + refuse to pay their fair share back into the system that made them super rich? Got it.
— Dear Nasty Reader, (@jk_steady) October 11, 2020
Wow. 82% of Americans earn more than $400,000 a year. I need to step up my game.
— Sapient Hominid (@wedietz) October 11, 2020
I just checked, and only 2% of American families make $400,000 or more. https://t.co/byEZ8KJ7Nu
— [email protected]🏡 (@se_kear) October 11, 2020
Math is hard..if you’re Republican. https://t.co/R0lab6kQwB
— Kate Smith (@KateSmithAZ) October 11, 2020
So 82% make over 400000..
Not! Just more lies and fear mongering
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— Democracylives🌊🌊🌊🇺🇸 (@time2healus) October 11, 2020
@jack this is disinformation and a lie. Taxes would be raised on those making $400,000 a year, which would make them 1% of the 1% and needs to be removed. I have reported it as should everyone else.
— Tina Morphis #KHive #Humanist #ForthePeople (@TinaMorphis) October 11, 2020
So you're saying 82% of Americans make over $400,000 a year? Lay off the tangerine Tang, toots. You're out of your mind. #BidenHarrisLandslide
— Lesley Abravanel🆘 (@lesleyabravanel) October 11, 2020
Getting Sick hasn't taught HER A THING..
— 🍷Zanetta🍷 (@therealzanetta) October 11, 2020
This is not even remotely true.
— Ryan Kauffman (@RyanKauffman80) October 11, 2020
Also, it's not the whole income taxed more if you earn $400K. It's a bit more on the dollars ABOVE that. Your first 400K is still there for you to struggle by on, if you can.
— Catriona McPherson (@CatrionaMcP) October 11, 2020
82% of the people @realDonaldTrump knows make more than $400k a year/ that DOES NOT mean that 82% of the American people do. @JoeBiden will raise takes only on the top 1%
— Troy Chandler (@chandlertroyd) October 11, 2020
That’s not true, but go with it. I don’t really care if mine do as long as I get better value for them. 🤷🏼♂️
— President Meowcho Man 2020 (@ImSassifrass) October 11, 2020
Yet another lie.
— Eric Vale (@ericvale) October 11, 2020
You are a scumbag liar. Fuck all the way off.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) October 11, 2020
You’re. Lying. You. Ghoul.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) October 11, 2020
Republicans think that 82% of Americans make over $400,000. That’s how far out of touch with Reality that they are.
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) October 11, 2020
Only 1% of earners make 400K annually, that’s the group that would see a tax increase, so that means 99% will not see a tax increase. pic.twitter.com/tRMtzfXiQr
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— Auntie Nan 🇺🇸 🌊🐶🆘 (@SoltisNancy) October 11, 2020
Another lie! I make under $400K (way under!) and my taxes went up under trump. I'm excited for Joe's new tax plan!
— JulieA (@JulieA77669619) October 11, 2020
If 82% of Americans were making over $400,000/year, we could absolutely all afford to pay more in taxes to make sure every last one of us has clean air and water, unfettered access to excellent health care, food, and education, and we could fully fund the arts!
— Rachel Vail (@rachelvailbooks) October 11, 2020
you live in a dreamworld. if 82% of Americans made 400k or more, we would be doing awfully good. but we arent, and they dont
— too much chaos 'koolaid drinkers and next of kin' (@YayImNotaBot) October 11, 2020
Median household income was $68,703 in 2019
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— lutzkalutzka (@lutzkalutzka) October 11, 2020
Reported for disinformation about an election. C'mon twitter, this is a Republican Party official with more than 800k followers!
— MaryBeth Turner (@MBATurner) October 11, 2020
Fear is all they have left to peddle.
— bradleyj31 (@bradleyj31) October 11, 2020
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You guys raised taxes for the rest of us when you gave businesses more tax cuts and eliminated our credits.
Best paint brushes for beginners. — Final Frame (@JMAC8219) October 11, 2020
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People got sicker and the rich got richer.
“Top 1% of U.S. Households Hold 15 Times More Wealth Than Bottom 50% combined”
New data available shows that the wealth gap got bigger.
Guess that’s who Trump and you GOP are talking to when you say the economy is doing well - the 1%. pic.twitter.com/A4rpPG0dZX
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— Alison Greene (@GrassrootsSpeak) October 11, 2020