Ahead of the Michigan Republican Party’s endorsement convention this month, Michigan GOP Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock has endorsed several candidates, an unusual move. Joe Schwarz, lecturer and former Michigan state senator, weighed in on the controversy.
“Quite frankly, I was, just as an observer from the outside, was surprised that the party chair would make an endorsement prior to the convention. Especially the party chair,” Schwarz said. “Obviously, if you’re in favor of an individual candidate, and you don’t have any specific position in the statewide party, you support the candidate that you want to win. But statewide party officials making endorsements when you have two or three or four or five or six or more people vying for an office wasn’t done before. I don’t think it’s a good practice.”