Reflections from MIGOP State Convention, and a focus for our 13th District

From on February 24, 2019 – A guest editorial by David Dudenhoefer

This past weekend Michigan republicans elected new leadership ahead of the upcoming 2020 elections.

In addition to State Party leadership, delegates to convention chose their District leadership team, and I would like to congratulate the newly elected team here in our 13th congressional district. Christal Smith who will return as our Vice-Chair, Phil Griglio and Faith Forbush to round out our executive team. Additionally, I would like to thank the team for its vote of confidence in re electing me as their chairman.

A huge congratulations to Tyrell Bundy of Detroit who was elected to serve as our party’s outreach Vice-Chair, Tyrell is the first elected party leader at the state level from the 13th Congressional District. I know he will work hard and represent us well.


Since taking the task of leading the District, I have committed to maintaining a sense of principle and integrity, and I will continue to do so as we establish new connections, and relationships within the 12 communities of the District while expanding on the unifying message of liberty.

I would also like to thank long time grassroots leader, Gina Barr on her run for MIGOP Chair.

Originally, I had advised her not to do so. My shortsighted rationale at the time was that “the good ‘ol boys network” had already chosen its leader, and she would do little more than to lend credibility to a corrupted system were leaders are selected in backroom deals for us, rather than emanating from the members.

But I was wrong, Gina in her loss, exposed many people within our party’s upper echelon to see their true colors. From the RNC Chairwoman openly campaigning on the convention floor for Laura Cox, and discouraging donors from contributing to the Barr campaign, to Cox campaign manager Stu Sandler “strong arming” certain county and district chairs into supporting Cox or the support from State Party would be reduced, to the racial undertones with some of the messaging to not support Gina Barr for Chairwoman. Each of these issues I could openly hear walking on the convention floor Saturday.

I was shocked and appalled at the pubic hit job perpetrated by those within and around the Cox team against Gina Barr. The newly elected Chairwoman turned what should have been a non race into a race and needlessly attacked Gina, a loyal friend to the party and its members.

Most people well understand the nature of politics, what should also be understood is the contrast between going after your opponent for inexperience or a voting record, as opposed to personal attacks, defamation and outright lies in order to … [READ MORE HERE]

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