Fundraising email by Michigan Senator Lana Theis ignores pattern of inappropriate behavior among her fellow Republicans

LANSING — The hateful, slanderous rhetoric used this week by Republican state Sen. Lana Theis to raise money is the height of hypocrisy as the Michigan GOP continues its shocking silence over a pattern of inappropriate behavior by its members. 

“The orchestra of dog whistles sounded by the bold-faced lies in the fundraising email from Lana Theis is abhorrent, but it is not enough to drown out the reality that the senator’s Republican colleagues are being investigated for numerous allegations of egregious behavior,” said Lavora Barnes, chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. “Republicans like Theis appear at ease to lie about their Democratic colleagues, yet when faced with reports of horrific behavior by members of their own party they have an incredibly tough time finding their voice.” 

The recent pattern of inappropriate behavior among Republican officials includes last month’s court appearance by Republican state Sen. John Bizon, who was convicted of criminally touching a nurse practitioner and was sentenced to one year probation.

Former Republican state House speaker Lee Chatfield’s sister-in-law accused him of sexually abusing her over years – including a period when she was a minor. He is being investigated by the state police and the Michigan Attorney General’s Office is assisting with the case. 


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