Trump campaign recruits supporters to run as Michigan Republican precinct delegates
Donald Trump’s campaign is recruiting Michigan supporters to run as Republican precinct delegates in the Aug. 2 primary — the first sign that the GOP presidential front-runner is trying to build a longer-lasting political infrastructure here.
Scott Hagerstrom, state director of Trump’s campaign, has sent supporters two emails over the last week encouraging them to run for a precinct delegate position in their local communities.
“Many of you have asked, ‘What else can I do to help Mr. Trump here in Michigan?’ Please consider running as a Republican precinct delegate,” Hagerstrom wrote in a Wednesday email to supporters. “We can only begin to change our political system if people like YOU get involved in the process.”
Elected every two years, precinct delegates are the ground-level troops who attend county conventions every four years to elect delegates to state conventions.
Those delegates then get to decide the fate of candidates seeking the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor, attorney general and secretary of state. State convention delegates also elect Michigan’s male and female representatives on the Republican National Committee.
Earlier this month, GOP state convention delegates played a crucial role in ensuring Trump got his supporters elected to national convention slots at congressional district caucuses in Lansing.
In Colorado and other states, Trump has lost nominating delegates to Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz because of a lack of supporters in the ranks of eligible voters at party conventions.
“As a precinct delegate you will have a voice in changing how the system works from the ground-up,” Hagerstrom wrote in the email to Trump supporters.
First lady sustains pledge
While a European investment trip has interrupted Gov. Rick Snyder’s Flint water-drinking regimen, it hasn’t stopped first lady Sue Snyder.
“She has been drinking Flint water while the governor is overseas,” Snyder spokeswoman Anna Heaton said Wednesday after Sue Snyder’s appearance at a breast cancer research fundraising event in Detroit.
“Mrs. Snyder continues to support the governor in fulfilling his pledge to the residents of Flint and sending the message that filters are effective at removing lead from the water,” Heaton said.
Transportation Security Administration rules prohibited the governor from taking Flint water with him to Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Snyder made a pledge to drink Flint filtered water for 30 days and is adding another week in May to meet his promise, spokesman Ari Adler said last week.
Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives to print the 28 pages blanked out in the 838-page report. Under current procedures, members of Congress can read the redacted pages but they remain classified.
“Nearly 15 years after the terror attacks of September 11th, the American people deserve to see what is behind the blank ink of these 28 pages in the 9/11 report,” said Trott, R-Birmingham, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in a Wednesday statement.
“A large bipartisan coalition in Congress agree that these pages do not pose a risk to American security and should be declassified so Americans — and the families of the thousands of victims of 9/11 — can better understand what led up to worst terror attack in U.S. history.”