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Despite RNC endorsement, court case lingers on who leads Michigan GOP

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Although the Republican National Committee has recognized former Congressman Pete Hoekstra as the Michigan GOP chair, that may not be the final word in the messy leadership battle over control of the state Republican Party.

The plaintiffs in the Kent County Circuit Court case are Michigan Republican State Central Committee members who want to force out Kristina Karamo and gain control of party bank accounts and other assets. Karamo has filed a motion to have the case dismissed. She says she can only be removed by Republican delegates who elected her last year to lead the state party, and the group trying to eject her violated party by-laws. She is also expected to argue a court does not have jurisdiction over an internal political party dispute.

Former President Donald Trump has thrown his support behind Hoekstra, who says he’s already gone to work repairing relationships and fixing the state party’s collapsed finances. The leadership fight continues as the Michigan Republicans’ presidential primary and caucuses are coming up in the next couple of weeks.

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Rick Pluta is the managing editor for the Michigan Public Radio Network.
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