Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has confirmed she has thought of mounting a campaign to unseat Michigan’s liberal governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2022. Whitmer has faced increased criticisms over her response to Coronavirus, many saying her oppressive policies have caused irreparable damage to Michigan.
Despite Gov. Whitmer’s oppressive Covid mandates, the state has still seen a recent uptick in cases.
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It’s unclear how recent her considerations are or how seriously she’s looking at the race. In an interview with a Michigan radio show earlier this year, she played down the possibility of a gubernatorial bid, but promised that she would be involved in the race.
“I just signed onto be Republican National Committee chair for another two years, so I’m not looking to run for governor of Michigan,” she said. “But I will definitely be involved in that race, because I do think we need a new governor.”
A handful of Michigan Republicans are seen as potential challengers to Whitmer in 2022, including John James, who ran unsuccessfully for the Senate in 2018 and 2020.
But if she runs, McDaniel would enter the race with several advantages. She is a close ally of former President Donald Trump and has developed deep ties to top Republican donors and operatives during her tenure as RNC chair that would almost certainly come in handy in a potential gubernatorial campaign.
Before becoming chair of the RNC in 2017, McDaniel was the head of the GOP in Michigan.