Common Cause Michigan Says ‘Michiganders — Not Former Presidents’ — Choose Our Candidates, Ahead of Republican Convention

LANSING, MI — This Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, the Michigan GOP will hold its nominating convention ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. It is currently expected Matthew DePerno and Kristina Karamo will become the official nominees for Attorney General and Secretary of State, respectively.

Trump-endorsed candidates, DePerno and Karamo have propagated the false claim that the former president won the 2020 election. Most recently, DePerno is under investigation for potential ballot tampering, a federal crime. Karamo made false claims to have witnessed fraud while monitoring the processing of absentee ballots in Detroit in 2020. 

Statement of Quentin Turner, Common Cause Michigan Program Director 

“Only Michiganders have the power to choose our candidates — not former presidents. 

But that’s exactly what’s happening as MAGA Republicans seek to influence our elections and determine which candidates we will choose from in November.

While Common Cause Michigan remains staunchly nonpartisan, we must denounce the lies about our elections that have been disproven over and over again. That includes those who refuse to uphold the will of the people and violate our election laws to do so. 

We already know where election deniers stand — firmly in the former president’s back pocket — and ignoring the threat they pose as they look to take bigger roles in our elections is a risk to our democracy. A refusal to accept the results of the 2020 election is not a selling point — it needs to be a nonstarter for Michiganders.

Voters across our state must join together to ensure our elections are safe, secure, and free for everyone, regardless of political party.”