LANSING — The claws are coming out as the Michigan GOP Senate candidates take “swipes” at each other. Pensler and O’Donnell bashed Rogers for his residency issues, as they highlight how “people do not trust” Rogers’ bad record.

Here’s the latest on the Michigan Republicans’ “bruising affair” of a primary:

  • O’Donnell pointed out how Trump rally attendees were chanting her name anytime Rogers got on stage and was mentioned.

See for yourself:

All TalkPensler: “And I know that’s happened multiple times with Mr. Rogers. It happens with Chinese coverage. Well, he calls out using Huawei, but he takes a contract and his wife takes contracts from joint ventures with Chinese telecoms and makes millions off of that. He says, “Gee, I’m down in Florida,” but really you don’t know if he’s here or not. Does he have a house here? What’s his address? You need to be beyond reproach on this stuff and he’s just not. So I’m not sure what all of his motivations are, but I think in general, our politicians shouldn’t be able to lobby the groups that they oversaw when they were in office afterwards and make millions. And I don’t think they should be able to have relatives, especially their wives, profiting from doing work in areas that they’re overseeing.”

All TalkPensler: “I agree 100%. I think Mike Rogers should be disqualified from ever taking office.”

Off the Record OvertimeZach Gorchow: “There’s this residency issue with Mike Rogers.

Is that gaining any traction among grassroots voters that you talked to? This is the idea that he, of course… moved to Florida around about 2015, just moved back in time to run for the U.S. Senate. Some Republicans, a lot of Democrats are, you know, tagging him as a carpetbagger. Is that gaining any traction or is that not much of an issue?” … Sherry O’Donnell: “That comes up repetitively as I go to these meetings, and the fact that he had a 728 square foot home here in Michigan only to get on the ballot. They are all seeing through that. He has a $1.7 million home in Florida. And he came up here after touring New Hampshire and Iowa to try to get the presidential nominee. And when it didn’t happen, he moved to Michigan, bought a 728 square foot home. So those people that are informed and realize it, yes, it is gaining traction. And that’s been the term that’s been, he’s been accused of… But it does send the message that he’s not for the people. When he stepped down out of Congress in 2015, if he was for Michigan, why did he move to Florida? I’m sorry. If you’re for Michigan, you’re going to stay with Michigan. You’re going to continue to help Michigan. So the nonsense that he’s for Michigan is just that. It’s nonsense. And to your question, it is gaining some momentum that he’s a carpetbagger, but he’s not for the people. And the people are tired of the political rhetoric. They’re tired of recycled politicians.” 

Off the Record OvertimeZach Gorchow: “Do you think Mike Rogers is in sync with today’s Republican Party?”… Sherry O’Donnell: “Oh. Absolutely not.” … Gorchow: “Why not?” … O’Donnell: “He is deep state. And even Rand Paul had put out a scathing rebuttal, I don’t know if you saw his rebuttal, but he put out a scathing rebuttal that Mike Rogers is a dangerous candidate, and it was the worst endorsement that President Trump could have done. And that’s the message that’s being sent. Dave Agema… former State Rep, he put out a rebuttal and he showed the houses, by the way, side by side and said he is not to be trusted. The people do not trust him.”

Off the Record OvertimeZach Gorchow: “Do you think Mike Rogers is in sync with today’s Republican Party?”… Sherry O’Donnell: “Oh. Absolutely not.” … Gorchow: “Why not?” … O’Donnell: “He is deep state. And even Rand Paul had put out a scathing rebuttal, I don’t know if you saw his rebuttal, but he put out a scathing rebuttal that Mike Rogers is a dangerous candidate, and it was the worst endorsement that President Trump could have done. And that’s the message that’s being sent. Dave Agema… former State Rep, he put out a rebuttal and he showed the houses, by the way, side by side and said he is not to be trusted. The people do not trust him.”

Off the Record: Sherry O’Donnell: “But when I was at the Trump rally that was in Saginaw, I can tell you that every time that Trump did a call-out to Mike [Rogers] and Mike got up and spoke for a few minutes. And the audience started chanting Sherry, Sherry three different times. And there was thousands of people there.”

Gongwer“O’Donnell took some swipes at Rogers, who recently returned to Michigan after spending about the last nine years in Florida. She said carpetbagging criticism is gaining traction. She called Rogers out of sync with today’s Republican Party and labeled him part of the ‘deep state.’ ‘The people are tired of the political rhetoric,’ she said. ‘They’re tired of recycled politicians.’”

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