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Karamo asks court to reinstate her as Michigan GOP chair

Karamo asks court to reinstate her as Michigan GOP chair

By Michigan Advance

June 25, 2024

BY JON KING, MICHIGAN ADVANCE

MICHIGAN—The deposed former head of the Michigan Republican Party wants a judge to reinstall her in that position.

An attorney for Kristina Karamo filed a motion Monday with the Michigan Court of Appeals to expedite the request to overturn her ouster, which was affirmed in February by Kent County Circuit Court Judge J. Joseph Rossi. This comes as the 2024 election in Michigan — a key swing state — is underway, with absentee ballots for the Aug. 6 primary election set to go out this week.

A faction of the state party voted at a Jan. 6 gathering in Commerce Township to oust Karamo due to the dismal state of the party’s finances and then selected former U.S. Rep Pete Hoekstra to be the new MIGOP chair at a Jan. 20 meeting in Lansing. 

Hoekstra was also named by the Republican National Committee (RNC) as the chair of the MIGOP and endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

Karamo’s request for an expedited decision on the appeal cited the fact that the Republican National Convention is less than a month away.

“Please help this injustice and rectify with reversal,” the Detroit News reported that Thomas Hartman wrote in the filing. “Judge Rossi must be reversed, and the permanent injunction rescinded, and it must happen soon with all the scheduled events on the near calendar.”

Karamo told National Review that the process by which she was removed was invalid.

“Pete Hoekstra and his conservative-imposter handlers and operatives spent last year sabotaging the Michigan Republican Party, because he and the failed status quo he represents do not want to see progress and growth in the Republican Party,” she said via text.

Hoekstra, meanwhile, maintains that since he took over as chair, the party has been unified.

“The Michigan Republican Party is united around one singular mission — electing Republicans up and down the ballot this November,” said Hoekstra. “The grassroots state committee, donors, and elected officials are all supporting this state party and we’re working as a team.”

Karamo, the 2022 GOP secretary of state nominee, was elected MIGOP chair out of a crowded field in 2023 to replace retiring Chair Ron Weiser. Hoekstra had considered running at the time, but opted against it.

Karamo had won Trump’s early endorsement for secretary of state after being a staunch defender of his false claims of election fraud in 2020. While Trump praised Karamo’s election as chair, the former president had initially endorsed failed attorney general nominee Matthew DePerno, who also pushed Trump’s disproven election claims.

DePerno is now a candidate for Michigan Supreme Court, while also facing charges for allegedly tampering with voting machines after the 2020 presidential election.

No dates have been set to hear Karamo’s request for an expedited appeal.

READ MORE: Michigan Republicans vote to boot Karamo as chairwoman

This coverage was republished from Michigan Advance pursuant to a Creative Commons license. 

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