Betsy DeVos Becomes 7th High-Profile Republican to Pass on a Run for Governor

Despite declining to enter the race, DeVos “is committed to ensuring Whitmer will be a one-term governor”

LANSING — Following weeks of speculation, failed former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos finally made it clear that she wouldn’t be running for governor in 2022. She becomes the seventh high-profile Republican to decline a run, joining Macomb County public works commissioner Candice Miller, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, former Michigan state House Speaker Lee Chatfield, Congressman Fred Upton, and former Trump Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra. 

However, DeVos still intends to influence this election the only way she knows how: throwing her millions behind whichever of the nine candidates currently running for governor best suits her right-wing, anti-public education agenda. In an interview with The Detroit News, DeVos said she was “looking forward to helping ensure we don’t see [a second Whitmer term] happen.”

DeVos, along with several members of her family, formed a special interest super PAC to bankroll over $7 million for John James’ losing 2020 campaign and even planted her niece on staff.

“The recruitment failures just keep rolling in for the MIGOP as party leadership runs out of time to find a high-profile candidate who won’t hide in their living room to only do national network shows and refuse to state their positions on every issue,” said Rodericka Applewhaite, MDP spokesperson. “But as Republicans are left with a messy crowd of unqualified candidates, DeVos is promising to flood the cycle with her special interest millions in an attempt to boost the extremist candidates she knows will support her hyperpartisan agenda. Meanwhile, Governor Whitmer is showing leadership the old-fashioned way: getting shots in arms, securing historic investments in public-education, and strengthening our economy to keep Michigan first.”

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