Wednesday, February 8

DeVos family endorses Tudor Dixon to be Michigan’s next governor

Lansing — The DeVos family, a powerful force within Michigan Republican politics, is endorsing businesswoman and conservative commentator Tudor Dixon to be the state’s next governor.

Dick DeVos announced the endorsement on the “The Paul W. Smith Show,” saying Michigan had experienced “failed leadership” under Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

In an interview with The Detroit News, he added that Dixon of Norton Shores paired together a “compelling personality” and a “compelling plan” for the state’s future. She’s “absolutely” the best GOP candidate to take on Whitmer in November, Dick Devos contended.

“Our family intends to provide support for her financially,” he said.

Monday’s endorsement could be Dixon’s most important and high profile yet. So far, she has raised less campaign money than other top candidates in the GOP primary race, such as self-funding businessmen Perry Johnson of Bloomfield Hills and Kevin Rinke of Bloomfield Township. And she has been behind other contenders, like former Detroit police Chief James Craig, in early polling.

But Dick DeVos said his family wanted to lead polls instead of being victims of them.

“There is a long way to go,” the businessman said.

He described the endorsement Monday as coming from the entire DeVos family. The family was Michigan’s top political donor in the 2018 gubernatorial election cycle. DeVos family members gave more than $11 million in campaign contributions over 2017 and 2018, according to the nonprofit Michigan Campaign Finance Network, which tracks money in state politics.

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