Commerce Township, Michigan— The members of the Republican Party of Michigan voted to remove election denier and state party chair Kristina Karamo during a meeting on Saturday, after many of the leaders called for his resignation following a year plagued by debt and internal disputes.
Almost 89% of those present voted to remove Karamosaid Bree Moeggenberg, a member of the State District 2 Committee. About 45 people, not including representatives, attended the meeting.
Karamo did not attend the meeting and has made it clear that she will not recognize the vote if she is removed from office on Saturday., under the argument that the meeting is unofficial and was organized illegally. This could set the stage for a court fight to determine control of the top position within the Michigan Republican Party.
“The state committee voted him out,” panel member Bethany Wheeler said. “If this were a corporate, it would be the board meeting. Basically, they fired the CEO. Can fight. But the fact is that she was removed by the state committee and now they are in charge.
Current co-president Malinda Pego will serve as interim president until a replacement is chosen, Wheeler said.
The internal dispute comes as Michigan Republicans try to recover from the Parliamentary election from 2022, in which they suffered historic losses. This year, the party aims to add a vacant seat in the federal Senate and help the Republican presidential candidate win the state.
Michigan is one of several states without a clear policy preference where parties dominated by far-right leaders have struggled to overcome infighting and financial problems. Similar situations have occurred in Georgia and Arizonawhich poses a major problem in the 2024 presidential elections, in which these states are called upon to play a fundamental role.
Karamo, a former community college instructor, rose through the ranks of Michigan Republicans by spreading conspiracies following the 2020 presidential election.. Finally he received the support of the former president donald trump in her bid for Secretary of State in 2022, losing by 14 percentage points in a result she still refuses to concede.