Ex-GOP State Chair: DeVos Cooperation With Jan. 6 Committee Could Hurt Michigan's Tudor Dixon

August 15, 2022, 7:55 AM

Betsy DeVos and former boss Donald Trump

The politics of Jan. 6 committee could impact Republican Tudor Dixon's bid to become Michigan's next governor.

CNN is reporting that former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos of Michigan is in talks with the Jan. 6 Committee to cooperate, and that may not be good optics for Dixon, the candidate she's backing.

“I think the prospect of her cooperating with the January 6 committee poses a serious problem for Tudor Dixon’s candidacy,” Jeff Timmer, former Michigan GOP chair and co-founder of the Lincoln Project, tells WDIV. DeVos resigned the day after the Jan. 6 riot and later publicly admitted that she was one of President Donald Trump's cabinet members who considered invoking the 25th Amendent to remove him.  

“Three out of five Republican voters chosen candidate other than Tudor Dixon. She still has work to do to consolidate the Republican base around her candidacy,” Timmer said. “Part of the objection many Republican voters had to Tudor Dixon was Betsy DeVos' support...so the fact that Betsy DeVos is potentially cooperating with the January 6 Committee, which is contrary to the wishes of Donald Trump, does affect Tudor Dixon in a negative way.”

“This is this is very unprecedented for a nominee of a major party to have this kind of potential fracturing within her own base their own base this late in the election season after the primary,” Timmer said.

Dixon issued a statement:

"The media’s obsession with DC drama is a distraction from the financial and emotional pain Gretchen Whitmer has caused Michiganders.”

GOP U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, vice chair of the Jan. 6 committee, knows better than anyone the political consequences of being affilated with the panel. 

If polls are to be believed, she's expected to get trounched in Tuesday's Wyoming primary by GOP opponent Harriet Hageman. 

Read more:  WDIV

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