For Immediate Release
November 23, 2021
EMILYs List Statement on Kevin Rinke Joining Michigan’s Governor Race
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement on the entry of self-funding extremist Kevin Rinke to the Michigan Governor’s race:
“While Kevin Rinke plans to spend his fortune to try to stand out, he is in lockstep with his party in his extreme politics and singular focus on relitigating the 2020 election instead of making life better for Michiganders. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is focused on fighting for Michigan’s working families, made the largest investment in schools in Michigan’s history without raising taxes, and will always put Michigan first.”
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