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Michigan Dems Will Field a Bernie Sanders-Style Ticket

Michigan Dems Will Field a Bernie Sanders-Style Ticket
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Sunday, 19 August 2018 10:54 PM Current | Bio | Archive

In their attempt to recapture the governorship of Michigan as well as the state’s three other major constitutional offices, Democrats are fielding their most decidedly left-of-center ticket in memory.

Newsmax learned that on Monday morning, gubernatorial nominee Gretchen Whitmer will name as her lieutenant governor running mate former MoveOn.org political organizer Garlin Gilchrist II of Detroit.

In his losing bid for Detroit city clerk last year, Gilchrist, 35, was supported by Our Revolution—an organization that came from the Bernie Sanders presidential candidacy in 2016.

Former State Sen. Whitmer is herself considered a product of the Democratic Party’s far left wing. During her term in the legislature, Whitmer backed Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm on creation of the Michigan Business Tax, voted to more than double the gas tax, supported increases in the sales and income tax, and voted to raise taxes on alcohol, employer health care payments, property taxes and countless other taxes increases and fee hikes.

Whitmer and Gilchrist will face a Republican ticket of State Attorney General Bill Schuette for governor and Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus Lyons for lieutenant governor. Both are considered strong conservatives.

Rounding out the Democratic ticket are attorney general hopeful Dana Nessel, the first openly gay candidate of either party for statewide office, and Jocelyn Benson for secretary of state.

Nessel, a Wayne County assistant prosecutor, has vowed to end prosecutions for marijuana, expand LGBTQ protections, and keep abusive police from finding jobs in other departments. She has also promised to “sue the Trump Administration all day, every day” and not to “defend unconstitutional laws that are passed by the state legislature.”

Secretary of State candidate Jocelyn Benson, a former dean of Wayne State University Law School, is campaigning on a platform of expanding early voting and voting absentee without a reason.

Whitmer won a hotly contested primary earlier this month. Gilchrist, Nessel, and Benson are expected to be ratified as the nominees for statewide office at the Democratic State Convention later this week.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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In their attempt to recapture the governorship of Michigan as well as the state's three other major constitutional offices, Democrats are fielding their most decidedly left-of-center ticket in memory.Newsmax learned that on Monday morning, gubernatorial nominee Gretchen...
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