Tudor Dixon’s pick for running mate ruffles feathers ahead of nominating convention

In this episode of MichMash, Jonathan Oosting joins Cheyna Roth to talk about Tudor Dixon’s pick for lieutenant governor, Shane Hernandez.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon speaks at a primary election party in Grand Rapids, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022.

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In this episode:

  • Tudor Dixon’s pick for running mate brings opposition in Michigan GOP
  • Who is Shane Hernandez?
  • Bureau of Elections recommends certification of abortion, term limit ballot proposals 
  • Michigan Court of Appeals sides with car crash victims over auto reform law

Some Michigan Republicans are challenging Tudor Dixon’s pick for a running mate in the November gubernatorial race.

The Michigan GOP presumptive gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon chose Trump-backed Shane Hernandez to be her running mate and nominee for Lieutenant Governor.

Hernandez is a former state legislator and was chair of the House Appropriations Committee.

The grassroots wing of the Michigan GOP is still reeling after their preferred candidates lost to Tudor Dixon in the primary.

Even after winning the primary, Tudor Dixon has spent extra time courting GOP delegates and securing endorsements for Shane Hernandez to be her running mate in November.

Opponents argue that Hernandez is not conservative enough, despite having former President Donald Trump’s endorsement.

“The irony, of course, is that the more influence the ‘grass roots’ has,” says Jonathan Oosting of Bridge Michigan, “the less likely they might emerge from this whole process with a ticket that is capable of winning in November.”

Ralph Rebandt, former pastor, is challenging Dixon’s pick for Lieutenant Governor, and will try to take the nomination if Hernandez does not get the nomination at the convention.

Dixon’s running mate will be officially decided at the GOP nominating convention on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022 in Lansing.

Ballot proposals

Ballot proposals to enshrine the right to abortion and to increase voter access are one step closer to appearing on the statewide ballot in November. The Bureau of Elections has recommended that the Board of State Canvassers certify both petitions for the November ballot, having found both to have well over the minimum number of signatures necessary.

A third proposal to reform term limits and financial disclosures will also be on the ballot as Prop. 1. The Michigan Legislature voted to put the initiative on the ballot directly.

Car insurance

The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that the state cannot apply auto reform retroactively, siding with victims of car crashes who suffered catastrophic injury before the auto reform law was passed in 2019.

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  • David Leins
    David Leins is a Podcast Coordinator and Producer at WDET. He also oversees the StoryMakers program. When he isn't making radio and podcasts, David is probably on a hike somewhere marveling at the trees.