Got my absentee ballot for the August primaries, and I was curious about the five Republican candidates for governor. So I checked out an article on Bridge. And now I’m depressed.
Tudor Dixon: “…criticized Whitmer’s COVID-19 policies as a form of “tyranny” and aligned herself with Trump, who appeared at a recent fundraiser she threw at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.”
Ryan Kelley: “…protested removal of a Confederate statue in his hometown and organized a large anti-Whitmer protest at the Michigan Capitol that resulted in armed demonstrators entering the building … urged federal authorities to “arrest” Whitmer for her COVID-19 policies … called for a “forensic audit” of the 2020 election and was outside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riots.”
Ralph Rebandt: “…appeared at rallies demanding a “forensic audit” of the 2020 election … supports a no-exception ban on abortion.”
Kevin Rinke: …wants to “repair the state’s education system and stop “indoctrination” of kids … said he “had not seen anything to indicate there was fraud” in the 2020 presidential election but has since run television ads making the false claim that “dead people always vote” for Democrats.”
Garrett Soldano: “…built his campaign around support for personal freedoms and opposition to pandemic policies like vaccine mandates … made national news in February when he said he thinks women who are raped should not have abortions because “that little baby inside them might be the next president.””
Ryan Kelley and Ralph Rebandt have also said they want to ban same-sex marriage.
I’ve written and deleted several paragraphs, so I’ll just say this. I know that “just vote” isn’t enough. But please do vote this fall. Preferably for candidates who aren’t spreading repeatedly-debunked lies, fanning the flames of violence, and salivating at the chance to strip away other people’s rights.