LANSING — We wish we had a dollar for every time one of the GOP Senate candidates bashed each other… Or every time we heard about MIGOP’s “intraparty discord” and how it is damaging Republicans’ chances in 2024. But for now, we’ll just highlight the chaos here.

Here’s the latest on the “clash” in the “unruly” Michigan GOP Senate primary:

  • Meijer has not filed his personal financial disclosure, in violation of legal requirements. He “comes from a family of billionaires” and appears to be trying to hide his personal finances to avoid scrutiny in the messy GOP primary. 
  • Monday marked the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade. The Gander reported that Rogers, Meijer, Craig, and Pensler all have dangerous anti-abortion records that are out-of-step with Michigan voters.

See for yourself:

Michigan’s Big Show: When asked about his opponents, Rogers responded: “You have a whole host of other kids… they’re just not going to get on the ballot.”

Oakland County Republican Party 500 Club Breakfast: Pensler: “Mike Rogers, but the twisting and turning that went on… we have a moral problem in the country.” 

Oakland County Republican Party 500 Club Breakfast: Pensler: “When they get there, they don’t want to be a damn piece of furniture that just goes along with everybody.”

Detroit News’ Nolan Finley: … “But [the National Republican Senate Committee] has not committed to direct financial support.” … “Privately, the campaigns say national funders are skeptical of whether Michigan is really in play.”

Detroit News’ Nolan Finley: “Part of the problem with Michigan is we have a dysfunctional state party,” says Craig. “We’re not as high a priority as other swing states because of how badly Republicans did here last cycle.”

American Journal News: Michigan Republican Peter Meijer has not filed financial disclosure

  • Former Rep. Pete Meijer launched his campaign for Michigan’s open U.S. Senate seat on Nov. 6, 2023. He has not yet filed his personal financial disclosure, in violation of legal requirements.
  • Under federal law, U.S. Senate candidates have 30 days from filing to run for office to file personal financial disclosures. For Meijer, a Republican, it has been more than 70 days. Failure to file could result in a fine or disciplinary action by the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics.
  • Meijer’s campaign has not requested an extension.

The Gander: Michigan Republicans align against abortion rights amid attempt to flip US Senate seat

  • Four of the leading Republican candidates running for a chance to represent Michigan in the US Senate have each voiced support for restricting access to abortion.
  • Among them: Former US Reps. Mike Rogers and Peter Meijer; Detroit-area businessman Sandy Pensler; and former Detroit Police Chief James Craig—all of whom are candidates in the Aug. 6 Republican primary election for a soon-to-be vacant seat in the US Senate.
  • If ex-President Donald Trump and anti-abortion Republicans manage to take control of the federal government in 2025, it could lead to sweeping, nationwide restrictions on abortion—even in Michigan, where those rights are now protected by the state Constitution.


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