Former State Representative Laura Cox hopes to become the next Chair of the Michigan Republican Party.
She’s looking for a job after losing the race for the 7th District State Senate seat in November, which was previously held by Republican Patrick Colbeck.
Although she is currently running unopposed and has received an endorsement from Brad Parscale, Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, she has failed to unite Republicans in Michigan.
A number of prominent Republican grassroots activists and party leaders have refused to support her and believe she is the wrong choice to lead the GOP in Michigan.
On Friday, she sent out an email attacking the efforts of the current Michigan Republican Party.
“The November 2018 election was not a good night for Republicans in Michigan. We lost too many seats and failed to get enough voters to the poll. While Republicans have had many successes in the past few elections, we have failed to adapt quickly enough to modern methods that Democrats are using to win,” Cox said in the email.
Republicans can agree that new ideas and strategies are always important, especially as the party attempts to rebound in 2020. But attacking the Michigan Republican Party and making current chairman Ron Weiser the scapegoat is not the way to go about it.
There’s simply no denying it was a difficult year for Republicans, not only in Michigan, but across the country.
Ron Weiser and the party spent millions in attempt to help candidates like Cox. His staff worked around the clock on behalf of Cox and other Republican candidates.
In the end, she was unable to hold onto a seat that was previously held by Republicans, losing to Democrat Dayna Polehanki 47.3% to 50.6%. This is the same state senate seat Republican Patrick Colbeck won 52.2% to 40.8% in 2010 and 52.7% to 47.3% in 2014.
Rather than being grateful for the GOP’s investment in the race and taking responsibility for her loss, she’s decided to blame others in an attempt to further her own political career.
All signs point to Cox being used by her political consultant Stu Sandler to settle scores rather than win elections.
If Laura Cox is the answer to take back legislative seats and reelect President Trump in 2020, the future does not look bright for the GOP in Michigan.