Michigan's current candidates for attorney general and secretary of state mean "voters will be asked again to hold their noses and vote for the lesser of two evils" in November, laments Detroit News opinion editor Nolan Finley.
"This would be a fine year to break the political duopoly in Michigan," he suggests in a subscribers-only column Sunday.
It would be a big step toward reclaiming the Republican Party for principled conservatism.
The choices he bemoans are between incumbent Dana Nessel and Republican Matt DePerno ("a shady character") for attorney general, and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson versus political newcomer Kristina Karamo ("no more appetizing").
That lineup, in Finley's view, is a reason for "encouraging, funding and voting for independent candidates, most likely drawn from the fold of Republicans who haven't gone Trump crazy."
The attorney general's race would be a good place to start. Tom Leonard last month lost his bid for the Republican Party's endorsement for AG. The Trump forces orchestrated a takeover that pushed aside Leonard, a highly capable candidate and former speaker of the Michigan House, in favor of Matt DePerno, a shady character who has no qualifications other than his devotion to the former president. ...
If the big GOP funders who are sitting on their wallets because the Republican ticket is so abhorrent would seriously back a bid by Leonard, he could pull it off.